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)
Examples of Positions Our Graduates Hold
Corinne McFarlane, UWO 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; University Director of Human Resources; and others.
- 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.
What Could I Earn if I Get an MPA Degree?
- According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, organizations and government employed 280,800 administrative services managers in 2012, expected to grow by 12% by the year of 2022 or 315,000. The annual wage ranged between $44,330 and $143,070. The industries employing the most administrative service managers in 2012 were education services, state, local and private; health care; state and local government and others.
- NASPAA's website also provides information about common U.S. salary inquires. MPA graduates could be employed in any of the three sectors (public, nonprofit, private). The salaries vary greatly by sector, geography, and work experience, among other factors. Data is also subject to change.
- Salary information for medical and health services managers (nursing home administrators, clinical managers, health information managers, assistant administrators, and similar occupations) can be found on the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Payscale.com. Health care administration salaries vary depending on the size of the organization, the corresponding level of responsibility, as well as career experience. An MPA graduate degree with health care emphasis is the first step toward earning a higher salary in the field.