Master of Public Administration
Pave a New Path in the Public Sector
The path to public good is personal and varies for each individual, but Master of Public Administration careers and others in the nonprofit sector present incredible opportunities to identify specific needs in a community and find ways to solve them. A Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management or an advanced degree like a Master of Public Administration (MPA) demonstrates your pursuit of advanced knowledge, desire to lead, and a set of professional skills needed to succeed in a variety of public service and nonprofit roles.
So why not set yourself on the path for career growth and real impact? Join a growing field that lets you create social change for the common good within communities, families and individual lives.
Study alongside and form deep connections with a diverse group of peers from a wide range of professional backgrounds. Allow your preconceptions to be challenged and your knowledge base broadened, as your classmates demonstrate how public administration jobs function across different sectors and fields. Lead the charge toward change and greater good by building the skills and confidence to succeed in a number of public administration careers, as well as nonprofit management roles, with Kent State’s online graduate programs.
Because master’s degree holders earn, on average, nearly 20 percent more in salary than those with only a bachelor’s degree,1 a Master of Public Administration degree could help you reach salary outcomes at or near the upper end of these ranges.
Salary ranges for key Master of Public Administration careers:
What Can You Do with an MPA?
Government Career Paths
With nearly 22 million jobs in the U.S.,9 the government is the largest collective employer of MPA graduates.10 MPA graduates can go on to pursue jobs—at all levels of government—that include:
- City manager
- Public works director
- Chief of police
- Government program manager
- Urban or regional planner
- Social and community service manager
- Chief librarian
- Grants coordinator
Popular Cities for MPA Graduate1
- New York City
- Washington, D.C.
Nonprofit Career Paths
At 12.4 million people strong,11 the American nonprofit sector is a robust market. Online graduates of the master’s program or the nonprofit management certificate program can go on to pursue nonprofit jobs that include:
- Director of advancement
- Director of development
- Executive director
- Program director
- Services director
- Development manager
- Grants coordinator
Employment Rates Within Six Months of Graduation, By Sector10
- Government (all levels): 49%
- Nonprofit sector: 23%
- Private sector: 17%
- Military: 4%
- Other: 7%
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1. Retrieved on November 5, 2020 from www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2020/data-on-display/education-pays.htm
2. Based on a limited sample of self-reported data from Kent State alumni from graduating cohorts between 2016-2020.
3. Retrieved on November 5, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Degree=Master_of_Public_Administration_(MPA)/Salary
4. Retrieved on November 5, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Executive_Director/Salary
5. Retrieved on November 5, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Human_Resources_(HR)_Director/Salary
6. Retrieved on November 5, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Director_of_Development%2C_Non-Profit_Organization/Salary
7. Retrieved on November 5, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Program_Manager%2c_Non-Profit_Organization/Salary
8. Retrieved on November 5, 2020 from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Program_Coordinator%2c_Non-Profit_Organization/Salary
9. Retrieved on November 5, 2020 from www.bls.gov/oes/current/999001.htm
10. Retrieved on November 5, 2020 from naspaa.org/sites/default/files/docs/2019-10/2019%20NASPAA%20Annual%20Data%20Report.pdf
11. Retrieved on November 5, 2020 from www.bls.gov/bdm/nonprofits/nonprofits.htm