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Online Executive Master

Lead. Innovate. Succeed.

Program Overview:

The mission of the Executive Master of Public Administration (E.M.P.A.) degree program at the University of South Dakota is to strengthen the administrative competencies of public service professionals who are committed to leading public and nonprofit organizations with personal integrity, professional competence, constitutional principles and respect for human dignity.

The online E.M.P.A. program is designed for seasoned public service professionals who seek to advance their understanding of administration in public and nonprofit organizations. To that end, students build the essential skills needed to provide effective leadership, communication, innovation, and change management in the public and nonprofit organizations of the twenty-first century. This online distance learning master's degree in Public Administration program offers a curriculum rooted in core professional competencies which ensure that graduates of the E.M.P.A. program are prepared to lead and manage organizations; participate in the public policy process; analyze, synthesize, think critically, solve problems and make decisions; articulate and apply a public service perspective; and communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry.

Admission Requirements

For more detailed admission requirements, please refer to Political Science in the current graduate catalog. Additional requirements exist for international applicants. For more information, visit International Admission Requirements.

For more information about the online Executive Master of Public Administration, contact USD Online at 605-658-6200 or by email at

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