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Why Get a Master of Public Administration Degree?

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A Master of Public Administration (MPA) can enhance your career prospects in state, local, and federal government, nonprofit agencies, and countless other areas. If you're on the fence about pursuing a graduate degree, explore the benefits of this program and consider some of the top reasons to get an MPA.

Build Valuable Cross-Sector Skills

Public administration programs stress the importance of managing people and programs. These skills are beneficial for anyone who has ambitions to reach the manager, director, or executive level of government, nonprofit, or even private sector organizations. You'll also learn how to solve complex operational problems and streamline the efficiency of business operations.

Multiply Your Potential Career Paths

Graduates who earn a Master of Public Administration are qualified to work in a number of challenging, lucrative, and exciting areas, such as:

  • Public and community affairs and relations
  • Management consulting
  • Economic development
  • Public policy
  • Political science
  • International affairs
  • Program analysis and direction
  • Government administration
  • Legislation
  • Social and community service

There isn't just one path for MPA graduates; you can pursue a variety of careers and work settings.

Enjoy Job Stability and Significant Earnings

Most roles within the realm of public administration provide stable employment with generous compensation and the opportunity for advancement. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of 2019, these are a few of the highest-paying and fastest-growing careers for individuals who earn this degree:

  • Administrative services managers earn a median annual salary of $96,940. Opportunities in this career are expected to increase by 7% by 2028, which is higher than the average increase across all professions.
  • Political scientists earn a median annual salary of $122,220. Opportunities in this career are expected to increase by 5% by 2028, which is in line with the average increase across all professions.
  • Social and community services managers earn an average annual salary of $67,150. Opportunities in this career are expected to increase by 13% by 2028, which is much higher than the average increase across all professions.
  • Chief Executive Officers (CEO) of nonprofits earn an average salary of $183,970, with salaries normally falling between $141,850 and $228,720.

You can earn your Master of Public Administration completely online at Tulane School of Professional Advancement. Specialize your studies and prepare for a rewarding career with a concentration in Economic Development, Nonprofit and Strategic Philanthropy Management, K-12 Education Leadership, or Environmental Management and Resilience (available Fall 2021). Learn about our admission process then request more information to get started.

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