Career Opportunities

A degree in public administration (MPA) can open the door to a number of rewarding career opportunities in the nonprofit, public and private sectors.

Public administration programs prepare students to work in social service and government agencies. From developing programs and resources for low-income individuals and families to serving in public office, MPA graduates have a competitive edge in the job market.  MPA programs provide essential skills for today’s work environment and allow you to bring your on-the-job experience into the classroom, helpingyou make your mark as a public servant.

MPA graduates serve in a variety of public administration careers, including:

Career Outlook

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Job Opportunities*

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Urban &  Regional Planners

Median Annual Salary: $73,050 per year $35 per hour

Number of Jobs: 39,100

Typical Entry-Level Education: Master’s Degree

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Human Resource Manager

Median Annual Salary: $113,300 per year $54 per hour

Number of Jobs: 152,100

Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s Degree

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Social & Community Services Manager

Median Annual Salary: $65,320 per year $31 per hour

Number of Jobs: 168,800

Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s Degree

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Emergency Management Director

Median Annual Salary: $74,420 per year $35 per hour

Number of Jobs: 9,900

Typical Entry-Level Education: Bachelor’s Degree

*Job opportunities data is based on national medians and figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics occupational outlook handbook. Which can be found at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Employment Outcomes

Graduate Occupations 


Human Resources Managers


Education Administrators, Postsecondary


Training and Development Specialists


Public Relations and funding Managers


Management Analysts


Compensation, Benefits, and Job Analysis Specialists

Graduate Employers


Amazon.com, Inc.


Bechtel Corporation


Bluegrass Regional Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board, Inc.


Center for Education Research Inc


City of Minneapolis


Connecticut State Office of Policy and Management

Graduate Job Titles


Communications Specialist (Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media)


Executive Director
Office Manager 

President


Programmer Analyst


Academic Advisor