Apr 23, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Executive Master of Public Administration (E.M.P.A.)

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Program Overview

The EMPA is offered online for working public service professionals who seek to advance their understanding of administration in public and nonprofit organizations. It is taught by the same faculty who teach on campus. It provides you with a strong theoretical background, as well as learning-by-doing courses that build upon your professional practice. Upon completion, you will be ready to lead and manage organizations; participate in the 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 changing workforce and citizenry.   Learn more at  usd.edu/onlineempa.


Application Requirements

  1. Completed application
  2. $35 application fee
  3. Official transcripts*
  4. Letters of recommendation*
  5. Admission test scores*
  6. Statement of purpose
  7. Resume/CV*

*Requirements for admission vary by program and may require different documentation and have different deadlines. For specific program requirements and submission deadline, visit: catalog.usd.edu.

State Authorization - It Matters Where You Live

If your learning placement course (internship, externship, clinical, rotation, practicum, independent study, study away, etc.) or your online course will be taken outside South Dakota, please reference USD’s State Authorization webpage.

State Authorization


Department of Political Science
605-658-6755 | polsci@usd.edu | usd.edu/polsci

Graduate Admissions 
605-658-6140 | gradadmissions@usd.edu  | usd.edu/grad

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