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Careers with MPA Degree

The MPA Degree

  • "The Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree is the core professional degree for a management career in public service. The curriculum is designed to aid students in developing the skills and techniques used by leaders and managers to implement policies, projects, and programs that resolve important societal problems. Graduates of an MPA program work in all levels of government (federal, state, and local), in nonprofits, in international organizations, consulting firms, and in the private sector." (for further information see: NASPAA, and Public Services Careers).

What Types of Jobs Do MPA Graduates Have?


  • "Since the degree programs offer so many different specializations and class options, assembling a comprehensive list of jobs that graduates may have is impossible. Common starting jobs for graduates include policy analysts, program managers, grant writers, researchers, and budget analysts. As their experience grows, many graduates rise to upper-level positions in government, nonprofit and even business organizations. The MPA degree program will help you to ascend the ladder." (NASPAA)

What Could I Earn if I Get an MPA Degree?



Positions UW Oshkosh MPA Graduates Hold

      Corinne McFarlane

       Corinne McFarlane, UW Oshkosh MPA Graduate, Area Administrator, 

       Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, Madison, Wisconsin

  • Government: City Manager; Performance & Information Services Administrator; Budget & Policy Analyst;  
    Village Administrator, Clerk, and Treasurer; Personnel and Benefits Coordinator; County Supervisor; Town Administrator; Village Administrative Assistant; Transit Manager; County Social Services Director; Quality Assurance Administrative Monitor for the State; Ombudsperson; and others.
  • Other public organizations: Chief of Police; Fire Chief; Director of Human Resources; and others.
  • UW Oshkosh: Organizational Development Program Manager, Human Resources Manager, Chief of Police, Technology Manager, Veterans Resource Center Coordinator, Division Business Analyst in Administrative Services.
  • Non-profit organizations: President and CEO of Community Foundation; Director of Philanthropy; Executive Director; Community Organizer; Campaign Program Administrator; and others.
  • Health care organizations: CEO of Retirement Community; Executive Assistant at Health System; Director in Health Insurance Company; Director of Hospital Department; Public Health Services Manager; and others.
  • See An Additional List of our Alumni by Organization and Title
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