Master of Public Administration Programs

The typical Master of Public Administration (MPA) program encompasses an interdisciplinary approach that includes such topics as sociology, law, political science, economics, and anthropology. An MPA carries particular weight for those looking to enact change in such settings as local or national government or with non-profits. Upon admission, such coursework may include the study of public policy, labor law and labor relations, organizational creativity, discovery and innovation, and more.

While the MPA is the most common public administration graduate programs, the Master of Arts in public policy, Master of Arts in organizational management with a concentration on public administration, and the Master of Business Administration with a public administration focus are all also possibilities. In any case, the common program length spans between 18 and 30 months, depending on scope, and a bachelor’s degree is required prior to study. For those attempting to utilize a public administration degree to advance their career in the social work or social management (government, non-profit, etc.) settings, prior work experience or a relevant undergraduate course of study may be beneficial.

Careers for master of public administration graduates:

  • Local/state/national government leadership/management
  • Non-governmental organization (NGO) leadership/management
  • Nonprofit leadership/management
  • Social worker

Earnings for master of public administration graduates:

  • NGO/nonprofit leadership: $95,640 (median annual)
  • Government political scientist: $119,130 (median annual)
  • Overall career outlook: 8 percent growth through 2020 (slower than average)

Most Popular MSW and MPA Degrees

Completing your Master's in social work or public administration can be very rewarding for getting ahead in the social work field. Online Master's degrees are perfect for working professionals or people with families to complete course work at their own convenience. Please see our colleges below that offer online class for MSW degrees.

Walden University — The Walden University Master of Social Work provides the chance to gain real world experience as a social worker. These experiences can be gained from a community agency, a healthcare setting, an educational agency, or a social services agency. Walden also offers several specializations for an MSW degree, like Military Social Work, as well as DSW programs.

Kaplan University — The BS in Human Services at Kaplan University offers a curriculum whose classes will help you create a positive effect on social and ethical issues. Through interactions with staff, faculty, and your peers, the degree will prepare you for careers in social work, public administration, and public management.

University of Southern California — To become a successful social worker, one need look no further than the University of Southern California Master of Social Work program. The curriculum will both develop your leadership skills and enable you to influence the world around you for the betterment of your local and global community.

University of New England — At the University of New England School of Social Work, students in the Master's program have a variety of concentrations in both individual, family, and group practice and organizational and community practice. The school is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

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