Master of Public Administration (MPA)

A successful career in public administration hinges on the ability to understand how issues and opportunities affect a diversity of populations. Southern’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares students who want to create positive change in their communities to become effective leaders at government, public service, and nonprofit organizations. It also prepares students for career advancement in all levels of government, or local and global service organizations. 

Through the MPA program, students master the personal and the professional side of public administration with courses and assignments that illustrate how to respond to ethical issues, foster constructive collaboration, harness information technology, and more. Students gain practical experience in honing their presentation skills; developing strategic plans and financial reports; and analyzing data to make better decisions. 

Unlike other career paths that present linear growth potential, public administration professionals chart their own course, designing a future that meets their professional goals as well their desire to make a difference. Southern’s interdisciplinary program supports students as they prepare for their varied professional goals.

Southern’s MPA program offers a flexible learning environment that allows you to align your degree with your interests. Our concentrations offer optional focus fields that allow for even further specialization:

  • Community Engagement
  • Environmental Policy
  • Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Career Growth

Graduating with an MPA degree allows students to apply for work in various upper-management positions in the federal government, nonprofits, global NGOs, and private companies. MPA holders may also find employment as public policy advocates and researchers.

Top jobs that are an ideal fit for MPA degree graduates:

  • Budget Analyst
  • Compliance Manager
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Fundraising Manager
  • Health Services Manager
  • Parks and Recreation Director
  • Political Scientist or Analyst
  • Public Administration Consultant
  • Social or Community Services Managers
  • Sustainability Specialist
  • Urban and Regional Planners

The MPA degree readies students for a successful career as upper-level administrators in public service organizations. Whether you are currently employed in or desire to work in the public or private sector, this program is ideal for you to advance professionally in the field of public administration.

Program Requirements

Visit the graduate catalog for application deadlines and program requirements.

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Contact Us

Dr. Thanh "Minnie" Hoang
MPA Program Coordinator
Department of Political Science
Engleman Hall C 232D
(203) 392-9904