Career Outcomes

USF Master of Public Administration

The University of San Francisco Master of Public Administration program prepares students for professional success in career positions in public, private and nonprofit agencies. 

Each year the USF School of Management surveys MPA graduates to confirm where and how they are applying their education. A substantial proportion work in state and local government. Social service agencies, private sector contractors, and healthcare systems are significant employers as well.

 Time to Completion by Campus / Modality

    Time to Graduation   
CAMPUS/
MODALITY
Enrolled Two Years Three Years Four Years
San Francisco 32 26 29 29

Sacramento

22 21 21 21
South Bay 12 12 12 12
Santa Rosa 11 10 10 10
Total 77 69 72 72

 

    Time to Graduation   
CAMPUS/
MODALITY
Enrolled Two Years Three Years Four Years
San Francisco 100% 81% 91% 91%
Sacramento 100% 95% 95% 95%
South Bay 100% 100% 100% 100%
Santa Rosa 100% 91% 91% 91%
Total 100% 90% 94% 94%

 

Employment by Sector: Government, Nonprofit, and Private

These data indicate trending balances between government, nonprofit, and private sector positions.

2016

  • Government: 50 percent
  • Nonprofits: 19 percent
  • Private Sector: 22 percent

2015

  • Government: 50 percent
  • Nonprofits: 31 percent
  • Private Sector: 19 percent

2014

  • Government: 64 percent
  • Nonprofits: 23 percent
  • Private Sector: 13 percent

2013

  • Government: 45 percent
  • Nonprofits: 16 percent
  • Private Sector: 39 percent

2012

  • Government: 46 percent
  • Nonprofits: 32 percent
  • Private Sector: 22 percent

2011

  • Government: 29 percent
  • Nonprofits: 33 percent
  • Private Sector: 38 percent

Class Profiles

The following bar charts reflect the placement profile of each individual class from 2016 to 2011.

2016 Industry Data for USF Master of Public Administration

Industry Percentage  

Top Industries: City/Local Government and Private at 22 percent each. Detailed numbers are listed in the text following this image.

USF Public Administration Degree Graduate Placement by Industry

Federal Government 8%  
State/Regional Government 20%  
City/Local Government 22%  
Nonprofit/NGO 19%  
Private 22%  
Further Ed 0%  
Unemployed 0%  

2015 Industry Data for USF Master of Public Administration

Industry Percentage  

Top Industries: City/Local Government & Nonprofit/NGO at 27 percent each. Detailed numbers are listed in the text following this image.

2015 Placement Chart USF MPA

Federal Government 3%  
State/Regional Government 14%  
City/Local Government 27%  
Nonprofit/NGO 27%  
Private 17%  
Further Ed 2%  
Unemployed 0%  

2014 Placement Data USF Public Administration Degree

Industry Percentage  

Top Industry: City/Local Government at 25 percent. Detailed numbers are listed in the text following this image.

2014 Placement Chart USF MPA

Federal Government 5%  
State/Regional Government 23%  
City/Local Government 25%  
Nonprofit/NGO 19%  
Private 11%  
Further Ed 0%  
Unemployed 0%  

 

Class Profiles, Continued

The bar charts below reflect the placement profile of each individual class from 2013 to 2011.

2013 Placement Chart USF MPA

 

 

2012 Placement Chart USF MPA

 

 

2011 Placement Data USF MPA

 

Recent graduates and alumni of our MPA program are employed in administrative and management positions at all levels of government, in health service organizations, in public safety and nonprofit agencies.

Employers of our Recent Alumni

CITY/COUNTY/LOCAL GOVERNMENT

    • City and County of San Francisco
    • City of Albany
    • City of Berkeley
    • City of Elk Grove
    • City of San Jose
    • City of Santa Clarita
    • Contra Costa County
    • County of San Luis Obispo
    • County of San Mateo
    • County of Santa Clara
    • Marin County
    • Napa County
    • Plumas County
    • Port of Oakland
    • Portola Valley
    • Redwood City
    • Village of Wauconda, IL

STATE/regional GOVERNMENT

      • Agricultural Labor Relations Board
      • California State Assembly
      • CalRecycle
      • First District Court of Appeal of California
      • Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
      • Hawaii State House of Representatives
      • Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District
      • State of California Department of Fish and Wildlife
      • State of California Department of General Services
      • State of California Department of Health Care Services
      • State of California Department of Rehabilitation
      • State of California Department of Social Services
      • State of California Department of Technology
      • State of California Employment Development Department

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

      • Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
      • Social Security Administration
      • The Presidio Trust
      • Travis Air Force Base
      • U.S. Department of Energy
      • U.S. Department of Justice
      • U.S. Department of Labor
      • U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

PRIVATE SECTOR

      • Deloitte
      • Fannie Mae
      • Fenwick & West
      • Genentech
      • Johnson & Johnson
      • Keller Williams
      • Pacific Gas & Electric
      • Raytheon
      • Wells Fargo
      • Yelp

NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS

      • BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt
      • Catholic Charities
      • California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
      • East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
      • Hmong Cultural Center of Butte County
      • Institute for Local Government
      • Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
      • Silicon Valley Community Foundation
      • Youth Radio

HEALTHCARE ORGANIZATIONS

      • Contra Costa County Health Services
      • Dignity Health
      • Hawaii Public Health Institute
      • HealthRIGHT360
      • Kaiser Permanente
      • Kaweah Delta Health Care District
      • Marin Community Clinic
      • Northern California Medical Associates
      • Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego
      • San Francisco Department of Public Health
      • Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital
      • Shasta Regional Medical Center
      • Stanford Health Care
      • Stanford University Medical Center
      • Sutter Health
      • UC Davis Health System
      • UCSF Medical Center
      • Valley Health Plan

EDUCATION

      • Clovis Unified School District
      • Fremont Union High School District
      • Hayward Unified School District
      • Peregrine School
      • San Francisco Unified School District
      • Stanford University
      • The Peninsula College Fund
      • UC Davis
      • UC Office of the President
      • UC San Francisco
      • University of San Francisco
      • WestEd

PUBLIC SAFETY AND SERVICE

    • Fairfax Police Department
    • Oakland Police Department
    • Sacramento Police Department
    • San Francisco Department of Emergency Management
    • San Francisco Police Department
    • San Francisco Sheriff’s Office