dcsimg

Masters in Public Administration Jobs and Careers

 

Master of Public Administration Jobs and Careers

The MPA is a degree that provides training for the unique aspects of public administration work which are applicable to many of the career specializations in the public sector. The budgeting process for a public health department, a public works department, an emergency services department or a social services agency is the same in all instances. It's an annual process, requires development by the department administrators and defense in multiple reviews, by more senior administrators and legislators and a chief executive. Personnel management is similar in city or county departments with regard to seniority issues, staff reductions, benefit issues, etc. An MPA graduate should be conversant with management issues in most city, state and regional agencies and should be a qualified candidate for employment consideration.

  1. City Manager: This is not an entry level position; it usually requires progressive levels of experience in order to be considered. City managers often hole the position in several cities over the course of a career, especially in the smaller cities. It requires polished administrative skills and good personal skills as well since the city manager usually serves at the pleasure of the city council.
  2. County Administrator: This is another position that requires years of progressively senior experience in order to reach the top slot, but there are many MPA graduates who have successful careers as deputy county administrators, preferring to work as administrators and planners rather than handling the political chores associated with keeping a county board of supervisors happy.
  3. Public Health Services Manager: There are many graduates emerging from school with degrees in public health management or health administration today. However there are also MPA programs that offer specialization in public health, and there are smaller jurisdictions where the public health services are managed by someone trained in public administration rather than health services.
  4. Public Works Executive: Traditionally public works administrators have been engineers or technicians that have come up through the ranks. However in recent years cities and counties have been turning to trained administrators to run these departments because the primary issues are budgetary and trained administrators have the skills to manage budgets that must be designed to manage projects that overlap the annual allocation of funds.
  5. Public Housing Authority: Working in this field requires careful budget management, extensive work with security personnel, administration of facilities maintenance, and often a highly charged political environment with public housing residents. By the time a public administrator reaches a position of seniority in a public housing department, he or she will usually have some experience in the field at a junior level.
  6. Social Services Director: There are social work specialists, public health specialists, public housing specialists and homeless program professionals but often oversight for all of these services falls to a professional public administrator who can look on various service agencies as operational units with goals, budgets, administrative structures and public issues - all of which require detached management rather than advocacy.
  7. Transit Services Administrator: It takes technical professionals to manage metropolitan transit systems such as subways, streetcars, bus systems, and trains, but it requires a professional manager to oversee maintenance goals rather than maintenance activities, revenue streams rather than revenue management, service quality rather than equipment management, and personnel performance as a key component of employee relations.
  8. Budget Director: This position may be in a department filled with trained accountants and public finance professionals but once again, general administrative skills may be what are called for. A budget director has to be able to understand the financial details of a budget but once it is completed, must be able to sell it to administrative executives and elected officials. That task requires more than accounting skills.
  9. Civil Service Manager: Civil service departments are not what they once were, but HR management in a municipality, county or state still may often require labor relations skills, negotiation work, benefits management and seniority issues. In recent years, staff cutbacks have also become an annual issue. Whether the term is Civil Service Director or Human Resources Manager the job still requires detailed administrative skills.
  10. Legislative Director: This job description can mean many things but here we are referring to someone who oversees the development and writing of proposed legislation and shepherds it through the final approval process by the legislative body. City or county attorneys or state attorneys sometimes handle this role, but some jurisdictions also have legislative specialists that are schooled in public management who are assigned the task of producing a bill that meets legislative intent.
Schools
Refine School Matches
Hide filters
  • SUBJECT Clear All

    See More

  • DEGREE

    See More

  • PROGRAM TYPE

  • START TIME

    LOCATION
    Please enter valid US or Canada Zip.
            Results open in new window

            Searching Searching ...

            Matching School Ads
            MA Public Administration
            • Become the leader you know you can be @ Ashford University
            • Apply Now! Classes Start Every Tuesday!
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master of Public Administration and Policy
            • AU challenges students to combine serious study with real-world experience
            • 8 schools & 150+ programs including bachelor’s, master’s & doctoral degrees
            • MSA accredited with multiple accreditations per program, located in Wash. D.C.
            • Ranked #74 in “Best National Universities” by US News and World Report
            • Multiple financial aid options for eligible students in need
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            Master of Public Administration
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
            • Founded in 1890, it has a campus in Waterbury, CT and offers online degree program in eight-week modules, six times a year.
            • About 800 students are enrolled at the main campus, and about half of them commute.
            • Online courses help make it possible for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as 24 months and a master’s degree in 12-18 months.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Flexible Scheduling
            • Accelerated Programs
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            MS Organizational Leadership - Public Administration
            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor's Programs in 2014 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Implements a one-to-one teaching model, partnering one student with one faculty member in each course.
            • 100% of faculty members hold doctoral degrees.
            • No physical residency requirements, allowing students to pursue their degree online.
            • Committed to innovation, diversity, excellence, and accountability since its founding in 1996.
            • Offers several programs in business, education, psychology, and more.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master of Public Administration
            • Ranked 25th among the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • One of the world’s leading private research universities.
            • Its student-faculty ratio is 9:1, and 56.8% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Has an average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, of 96.8 percent.
            • Dedicated to a strong tradition of integrating liberal and professional education since 1880.
            • Its faculty includes National Academy members, Nobel Laureates, MacArthur Fellows, and more.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            MS in Finance - H
            • Dedicated to the exceptional education of exemplary business leaders & citizens
            • Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
            • 10+ business degree and certificate programs with online and on campus options
            • 4 campuses conveniently located between Baltimore, MD & Washington D.C
            • U.S. News & World Report ranked JHU #10 among U.S. colleges and universities
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Master of Science (Online)
            • Push Your Creativity To The Next Level.
            • Full Sail’s curriculum combines elements of creativity, art, business and life skills, technical prowess, and academic achievement.
            • Full Sail offers accelerated programs, so a degree that would normally take four years takes 24 months on average.
            • Students work with industry-standard tools and technologies, allowing them to gain practical knowledge and real-world experience.
            • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram to interact with our community, read about grad success, and see campus images.
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
            • Presents stimulating, thoughtful programs for students in every academic field
            • SACS accredited w/many accreditations per program & 14:1 teacher-student ratio
            • 7 colleges with dozens of majors & programs to choose from for undergrads & grads
            • Beautiful 248 acre campus with ¾ mile waterfront located in Jacksonville, FL
            • Named an “America’s Best College” in the south for 10+ years, US News & World Report
            Show more [+]
            • Online Courses
            M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) - Self designed
            • The Master of Social Work (MSW) program offers four concentrations: Advanced Clinical Practice, Military Social Work, Social Work in Healthcare, and Social Work with Children and Families.
            • Three degree completion options are available: Standard, Accelerated, and the Advanced Standing option for students with a BSW from a CSWE-accredited program.
            • The MSW coursework is offered online, with two in-person Social Work Skills Labs to prepare for real world application and state licensure.
            • Online Courses
            • Financial Aid
            • Transferable Credits
            Master of Business Administration - Nonprofit Leadership
            • Ranked among the top 20 Regional Universities in the West in 2015 by U.S. News & World Report.
            • Listed as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes Magazine in 2014.
            • More than 97% of tenure-track faculty holds a terminal degree in their field.
            • Student to faculty ratio of 15:1, and 47.5% of classes have fewer than 20 students.
            • Accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
            • Online Courses