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USD is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools to offer baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctoral programs. The master of public administration program is accredited by NASPAA, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

M.P.A. Program Annual Report

Internship Placement

Our students interned in the following organizations in 2019-2020:

  • City of Vermillion, South Dakota
  • City of Little Falls, MN
  • City of Winner, SD Food Pantry
  • Emerging Prairie
  • I.D. Weeks Library Archives and Special Collections
  • Open Table Nashville
  • South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
  • University of South Dakota Foundation
  • Vermillion Food Pantry

Employment Placement

Employment by sector of our most recent M.P.A. graduates.

2017-2018 2019-2020
National or central government in the same country as the program 0 0
State, provincial or regional government in the same country as the program 2 1
City, County, or other local government in the same country as the program 1 2
Government not in the same country as the program (all levels) or international quasi-governmental 0 0
Nonprofit domestic-oriented 0 2
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented 0 0
Private Sector - Research/Consulting 1 1
Private Sector but not research/ consulting 1 0
Obtaining further education 0 1
Military Service 1 2
Unemployed (not seeking employment) 0 0
Unemployed (seeking employment) 0 0
Status Unknown 1 1
Total 7 10

Graduation Profile

Completion rates for the class five years prior to the current annual report year.

2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Number of Students Entering Program 9 7 8 9 4
Number of Students Graduating Within 2 Years (Normal Progress) 6 5 6 7 4
Number of Students Graduating Within 3 Years 7 6 7 7 4
Number of Students Graduating Within 4 Years 8 6 7 N/A  4

Diversity Statement

The M.P.A. program endorses the USD inclusive excellence as identified in the University of South Dakota's Diversity and Inclusiveness Statement.