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Public Administration Program Nationally Ranked

VERMILLION, S.D. -- U.S. News & World Report ranks the University of South Dakota as a top school for public affairs. USD was identified as the top 130th school among 272 listed, placing its Master of Public Administration program in the top 47 percent of public affairs schools in the U.S.

The USD program teaches students to become strong leaders within public and nonprofit organizations. Earning an MPA can lead to a career in public service, both domestically and abroad.

U.S. News & World Report reflects a school’s rating on a five-point scale, based on a survey of academics at peer institutions. USD scored a 2.3 and tied with schools like the University of Alabama and Washington State University.

The 2016 rankings can be found here.


USD's College of Arts & Sciences offers students a top-notch undergraduate liberal arts education in the humanities, social sciences and sciences as well as graduate programs that have earned USD distinction as a research university by the Carnegie Foundation. The college's more than 22,000 alumni include famous journalists, Hollywood screenwriters, novelists, a Nobel Prize winner, South Dakota governors, attorneys, physicians, justices of the state Supreme Court, distinguished university faculty and international humanitarians.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News