A Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a flexible degree option for those interested in maximizing their career options through practical, skills-based learning that can be applied in a wide variety of fields. Typically, a MPA degree’s core curriculum includes general subjects related to problem solving, decision making, research methods, statistics, management concepts and ethics. It also includes more specific topics related to microeconomics, public finance, policy formulation, information systems and program implementation. Job seekers with experience and expertise with these valuable skills can qualify for leadership positions across the career spectrum – including in government, nonprofit, and private sector organizations.

To help visualize the potential career pathways for a degree in public administration, UNC-Chapel Hill’s online Master of Public Administration program, MPA@UNC, put together the following flowchart. “Where Can a Master of Public Administration Take Me?” is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of potential jobs; however it most certainly can provide inspiration for potential career pathways for a MPA graduate:

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Logan Harper is the community relations coordinator for MPA@UNC, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Master of Public Administration delivered online. In addition to public service education, Logan enjoys traveling, cooking, and exploring the museums of DC. Follow him on Twitter @harperlogan.