Skip to main content
Political Science Graduate Administration

Prepare to Lead

Gain the relevant tools to lead and manage your organization with our field-specific specializations.

Develop a framework to analyze and address the challenges of modern administrators.


Master of Science in Administration (M.S.)

A cross-disciplinary program that provides the primary tools and organizational skills necessary to effectively perform administrative roles in public service-oriented organizations.

The program benefits mid-career professionals working in a variety of settings, including government agencies, nonprofit and social service organizations, health care and education – as well as private sector organizations that provide public services.

View Curriculum


  • Addiction Studies
  • Criminal Justice Studies
  • Health Services Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Long Term Care Administration
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Organizational Leadership

Online & Off Campus Options

Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Administration in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements. For additional details about the graduate administration program, contact Graduate Admissions at 605-658-6200 or email

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Travel

    Faculty led study trips to Italy and Ireland are now available. Political science, criminal justice and international studies majors are eligible to receive Farber Funding.

  • This active club organizes trips, brings speakers to campus, hosts an evening film series and sponsors other social and academic activities throughout the year.

  • Internships

    A wide variety of internship experiences are available to students, who are especially encouraged to intern with the U.S. Congress and the SD State Legislature.