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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 2017-2018:

  • Open Table Nashville
  • Emerging Prairie
  • South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation
  • City of Vermillion, South Dakota
  • I.D. Weeks Library Archives and Special Collections
  • University of South Dakota
  • Brown County State's Attorney's Office
  • Western Arizona Council Of Government

Employment Placement

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


  • Number of students graduating = 7
  • Number of unknown status = 1

Employment Profile for MPA Pie Chart

Employment Rates

Graduation Profile

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

2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Number of Students Entering Program 15 9 7 8  9
Number of Students Graduating Within 2 Years (Normal Progress) 11 6 5 6  7
Number of Students Graduating Within 3 Years 12 7 6 7  7
Number of Students Graduating Within 4 Years 14 8 6 7  -

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.