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Career Opportunities with a Master's Degree in Public Administration and Policy

Establish a Career Leading and Defining Public Policy

Government, nonprofit, and for-profit organizations hiring managers actively recruit professionals with the knowledge and skills to effectively and efficiently achieve public objectives. Candidates must have the foresight, insight, and critical thinking to craft policies and monitor their implementation and success. Those able to understand policy problems, craft effective solutions, and successfully put policies in action are in high demand.

An online Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) degree provides the core competencies of both disciplines for a distinctive advantage in the competitive marketplace. Our graduates put their skillset to use in roles as project managers or policy directors, or as public policy analysts and consultants. The public and nonprofit sectors, as well as companies that advise and deliver public services, value managers and analysts with versatile skillsets who are able to effectively coordinate and communicate across sectors and levels of government.

Your MPAP degree will prepare you for public administration jobs and public policy jobs in the following fields and industries:

  • Public policy administration
  • Project management
  • Public finance
  • Public policy consulting
  • Program evaluation
  • Nonprofit management
  • Community development
  • City management
  • Leadership roles in government agencies

American University’s online program for a master's in public policy and administration prepares you to impact public service in government jobs, the nonprofit and private sector jobs that require strong analytics, creativity, communication, leadership, and problem-solving capabilities. The degree’s skillset serves as a foundation for life, solidifying your ability to adapt to and easily advance within or across sectors. These essential qualities acquired from a faculty of Washington policy and administration experts make American University’s MPAP degree as beneficial to prospective employers as it is to the graduates who desire enhanced careers with them.

Empower Yourself to Make a Difference

The passion and dedication that AU students have for learning in their field translates to meaningul career outcomes.

Expand Your Influence and Earning Potential

Prompt for Free Guide for Careers in Public Administration and PolicyThe U.S. Census Bureau reports that recipients of master’s degrees on average earn roughly $19,000 more than those with only a bachelor’s degree. According to NASPAA, the accrediting body for degrees in public administration and policy, while starting salaries for those with degrees in our field vary depending on prior experience and sector, graduates consistently report tangible benefits and rewarding careers.

Within six months of graduation, ninety-four percent of master’s graduates from American University’s School of Public Affairs report being employed, continuing their graduate education, or both. The school also has a growing roster of impressive alumni in high-profile public-sector positions, including:

  • Mayor of the District of Columbia
  • Chiefs of Council for the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Advisory Council member at the Department of Homeland Security
  • Chief of Staff for the U.S. International Trade Commission
  • State and local government officials
  • Ambassadors and international leaders
  • Financial officers
  • Attorneys

To learn more about American University’s online Master of Public Administration and Policy, request more information or call us toll free at 855-725-7614.