Careers

The MPA degree provides individuals with an opportunity to build upon their undergraduate education with an applied degree that leads to professional policy analytical and/or managerial service in the public and nonprofit sectors.

The degree builds knowledge and skills in a mix of topics that includes policy, economics, statistics, research, and management. These knowledge and skills areas prepare students for professions that influence public policy through analysis, application, or management. 

Those with this interdisciplinary degree have many different career choices available, many of which tend to lead to executive positions at federal, state and local governments, or nonprofit agencies. Example positions in the local, state, federal, nonprofit and even the private sectors include:

  • Local: a government specialist leading to a city manager, community health director, public housing manager.
  • State: a program manager for a state housing authority or a policy analyst/program manager for a variety of state agencies.
  • Federal: a Presidential Management Fellow, or starting as a GS-9 position in the federal government in a variety of federal agencies.
  • Nonprofit: a program director leading to a nonprofit organization director.
  • Public, private and nonprofit: public and government relations specialists, lobbyists, elected official.

The School is committed to providing outstanding career assistance efforts for both internship and post-graduation job seekers. The School offers job information access and one-on-one advising support, by our Career Services Coordinator.