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Department of Political Science

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    Remarkable pathways to public service

Master of Public Administration

Advance your career in public service with a Master of Public Administration degree. You will gain expertise in creating policy and managing programs, preparing you to lead in public, non-profit and private entities in South Carolina and beyond. 

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USC's MPA program is NASPAA Accreditated

Build your network and your skills

Studying in South Carolina's capital city, you will meet movers, shakers and rising stars and see state government at work. Our expert faculty provide rigorous instruction and lead you through real-world experience, helping you gain skills in management, policy analysis and leadership.

Who should consider the MPA degree?

  • Current students and new graduates who are motivated to serve the public by working in state, local and federal government or public affairs.
  • Public agency and nonprofit employees seeking to advance in their careers.
  • Private sector professionals who work with the public and nonprofit sectors and those wishing to transition into public service from another career path.
  • University of South Carolina undergraduates looking for an accelerated graduate degree program.

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    A schedule that works for you

    Our evening classes enable full-time professionals to pursue a graduate degree concurrently.

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    Support for your success

    In-person classes provide a traditional setting, ensuring individualized attention.

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    Dynamic career outlook

    Our graduates hold prestigious positions in local, state and federal government, plus nonprofit and business sectors.

Get Started with the MPA

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