Public Administration Careers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the federal government employs more than 175,000 managers, the state governments employ more than 125,000, and local governments employ more than 281,000. In California, employment of social and community service managers is projected to grow 18 percent between 2014 and 2024.

APU’s MPA graduate students come from a number of academic disciplines, including accounting, data and information technology, social sciences, healthcare studies, psychology, ethics and religion studies, and more. Upon completing the program, students are prepared to solve complex problems in the community and work with diverse groups to accomplish goals. Pre-service and mid-career job seekers holding an MPA degree can find employment in a wide variety of sectors and occupations.

MPA Specializations: Finding the Path Toward Your Dream Job in Public Administration

At Azusa Pacific, you have the opportunity to choose or create a specialization that supports your long-term goals. Learn more about customizing your MPA specialization to pursue your passion.

Career Possibilities

  • Accountant or finance manager
  • Urban and economic planning and development director
  • Social service director
  • Parks and recreation director
  • Police commissioner
  • News reporter and analyst
  • Representative for the United Nations
  • CEO or COO of a company or a nonprofit
  • Policy analyst or manager
  • Legislator
  • Ethicist or human relations manager
  • Local government administrator
  • Public housing manager
  • Economic development director
  • Public relations consultant
  • Foreign services officer
  • City manager

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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