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What Can You do With a Master's in Public Administration?

The public administration masters program through CCU can help you get a job in public service or the private sector.

If you have already earned your bachelor's degree, a master's degree in public administration can prepare you for a multitude of roles within a nonprofit, a large business organization, or with the government.

Colorado Christian University offers an online MPA degree, which allows you to balance your professional career and personal life with the accomplishment of earning your master's degree. This online MPA program can be completed in as little as 15 months. You'll learn about and gain experience in governmental law, budgeting, public policy, and how to be a leader in the public administration field

Here are a few careers the MPA degree can prepare you for:

City or County Manager

The position of city or county manager comes with a lot of responsibility. In this role, you will supervise all day-to-day activities of the city or county. You will also be responsible for the management of all staff, operations, and city/county budgets.

Local Government Administrator

Once you have your MPA degree and gain experience in administration you may become a commodity for federal, state, and local government departments. These departments seek qualified professionals to run their agencies with efficiency. This position's duties include supervising employees, overseeing budgets, and managing other everyday operations within a department or division of the government.

Policy Analyst

Policies or programs under consideration by a government or a government agency will have both positive and negative effects on the public being served (and taxed). Government organizations therefore often employ professionals to thoroughly analyze these potential effects.

Charity or Foundation Manager or Director

If you're interested in making an impact in your community, consider working for a charity or foundation. As the director or manager of an organization, you will oversee raising funds for events or programs. You may also manage how donated funds are spent.

Budget Director

Another career within a charity or foundation is the position of budget director. In this role, you may work at a state, local, or federal level. You will manage the process that oversees how public funds are utilized in a transparent manner. This role may also require you to provide analytics and financial reporting.

Association or Nonprofit Executive

The role of an association or nonprofit executive can include many different tasks, depending on the company or organization you work for. You will need management, organization, and leadership skills, as well as problem-solving capabilities.

Economic or Business Development Director

As an economic development director, you will work with businesses and local communities to create and implement a strategy for a solid economic base. In this role, you may work on a city, state, or federal level.

Public Affairs Director

An important aspect of every business and organization that works with the government is having someone on the team who understands the operational aspects of the government. In this role, you may work with appointed or elected officials of the government. You will represent your company or organization in a way that is efficient and insightful.

Public Administration Consultant

As a public administration consultant, you will be a key player in supporting the needs of policymakers and program directors. You will consult with your clients or team about the best choices to make per situation, as well as assist with any other local, state, and federal operation decisions.


Colorado Christian University does not guarantee any job placement as a result of earning this or any other degrees offered by the university.

With a public administration master's degree from CCU, you will not only be equipped to succeed in these fields but also be able to approach challenges with a biblical worldview. If you would like more information about CCU’s MPA program, click "learn more" now.

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