FAQ: MPA Degree
How can putting the letters "MPA" after my name help me?
- "Putting the letters "MPA" after your name (e.g., Jim Peters, MPA) will set you apart in the job market. Employers look for distinctive charactersitics in applicants, and they will recognize the degree. When an HR manager has 30 seconds to review a cover letter, this could make a big difference. Simply adding those three letters instantly signals the skills and knowledge you have gained. Use the designation on online profiles such as LinkedIn, in your email 'sinature', resume, and professional letters." (NASPAA)
Why an MPA degree instead of an MBA degree?
"Both an MPA and an MBA degree offer advanced management courses as part of their core curriculum. An MPA degree, while still flexible enough to apply to the private sector (where many graduates work), is a degree focused for a career in public service. If you want a career in a government agency, in a non-profit organization, in a healthcare organization, in other public service organizations, or in a philanthropic institution, an MPA degree is ideal." (NASPAA)
Why an MPA degree instead of another graduate degree?
"The MPA is a flexible professional degree for these interested in managing, leading, and most of all: serving the public. Deciding to pursue an MPA is a strategic way of ensuring you have a master's degree that is fulfilling and practical. MPA graduates are found in a variety of fields and policy areas across all career sectors. And since the arena of public service is so vast, the degree will enable you to synthesize and transfer all of your education, volunteer work, and professional experience into a meaningful career." (NASPAA)