Master's Degree in Public Administration

Requirements

Am I qualified to get into an online public administration master’s program?

Degree

Bachelor's

Transcripts

Undergraduate

Recommendations

2-3 Letters

2 or 3 from professors or professionals

Writing Samples

Personal Statement

One 1k to 3k word statement of purpose or personal statement

Tests

GRE

Most MPA programs require GRE scores, though some waive score submission for applicants with five or more years of work experience in the public sector.

Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT)

The standard entrance examination for many administration programs, including some MPAs.

Additional Requirements

Work experience

Many MPA programs prefer, and some require, that you have previous experience working in the public sector.

Internship

In lieu of professional work experience, some MPA programs require that you complete an internship prior to admission.

Resume

At the very least, you need to submit your resume to indicate pertinent experience in the public sector.

What undergraduate degrees do public administration master’s students typically hold?

  • Public Policy
  • Political Science
  • Accounting
  • Health and Human Services
  • Economics

What can I do to better my chances of getting into an online master’s program in public administration?

  • Take an internship under the supervision of an established MPA
  • Demonstrate a passion for working in the field by volunteering for a number of non-profit organizations that serve the public
  • Focus on a particular niche or less popular area of public administration

Financial Aid

What scholarships and grants are available to online public administration master’s students?

Careers & Salary

Upon graduation from an online public administration master’s degree program, what skills will I have?

  • The ability to read statistics on race, gender, and sexuality and to use those stats to implement positive plans within work environments
  • A broad understanding of public policy and planning that will allow you to slip into any number of public administration roles
  • How to manage projects, fundraising, and organizations in the nonprofit or public sectors
  • The knowhow to interpret financial data and use that information to create budgets
  • Analyze public programs to determine efficiency, effectiveness, and make changes where necessary

Once I’ve earned my online master’s in public administration, what will my job prospects look like?

  • Budget Analyst

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $72,560
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      61,700
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      65,402
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +6%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Alaska — $83,760
    • City with Highest Pay

      Bethesda-Rockville-Frederick, MD — $90,060
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Alaska — $83,760
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Lansing-East Lansing, MI — $65,610
  • Public Relations and Fundraising Manager

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $111,260
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      53,730
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      60,715
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +13%
    • State with Higest Pay

      New York — $145,540
    • City with Highest Pay

      New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ — $156,820
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Massachusetts — $118,700
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV — $147,400
  • Political Scientist

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $100,900
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      6,600
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      7,986
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +21%
    • State with Higest Pay

      Virginia — $111,590
    • City with Highest Pay

      Richmond, VA — $116,890
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Virginia — $111,590
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV — $109,440
  • Social and Community Service Managers

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $65,750
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      115,330
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      139,549
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +21%
    • State with Higest Pay

      New Jersey — $83,140
    • City with Highest Pay

      Madera-Chowchilla, CA — $91,200
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Maine — $55,650
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Bismarck, ND — $58,430
  • Administrative Services Manager

    • Annual Mean Wage

      $90,190
    • Total Jobs, 2013

      280,000
    • Total Jobs, 2022

      313,600
    • Job Outlook, 2013-22

      +12%
    • State with Higest Pay

      New York — $114,750
    • City with Highest Pay

      Vineland-Millville-Bridgeton, NJ — $123,760
    • State with Highest Job Concentration

      Massachusetts — $97,660
    • City with Highest Job Concentration

      Santa Fe, NM — $71,710

Source: Occupational Outlook Handbook and Occupational Employment Statistics, Bureau of Labor and Statistics; Collected July 2014

* Highest concentration of jobs refers to the location with the highest number of jobs (by field) for every thousand jobs. Average annual wage is then identified for the career in each location.

Resources

What are some of the most important publications in the public administration field today?

What RSS feeds related to public administration are worth subscribing to?

  • Governance Assessment Portal: GAP is home to a plethora of RSS feeds, each with a different regional or public focus that may interest MPAs.
  • GovLoop: This social network, used by public workers in governmental positions, includes an RSS feed that allows those in the public sector to connect and share information.
  • University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs: The third-oldest public affairs program in the country has an excellent reputation and allows MPAs to follow any of 12 different RSS feeds related to public administration.
  • Public Administration Theory Network: PAT brings together MPAs and others involved in public management around the world, using its RSS feed to provide pertinent information and allow collaborative space.

Programs

  1. American Public University System

    25 Master’s Programs Available
  2. American University

    6 Master’s Programs Available

    Address & Contact Info

    • 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW
    • Washington, DC
    • (202) 885-1000

    Campus Info

    • School Type: Both Online and Campus
    • Campus Setting: City: Large
    • Student Population: 13,515
    • Number of Masters Degrees Awarded Each Year: 3068

    Master’s Programs Available

  3. Anna Maria College

    16 Master’s Programs Available
  4. Arkansas State University-Main Campus

    7 Master’s Programs Available
  5. Barry University

    2 Master’s Programs Available

    Address & Contact Info

    • 11300 NE 2nd Ave
    • Miami, FL
    • (800) 756-6000

    Campus Info

    • School Type: Both Online and Campus
    • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
    • Student Population: 10,673
    • Number of Masters Degrees Awarded Each Year: 2136

    Master’s Programs Available

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