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Public Administration, MPA

Career Outcomes

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program prepares students for professional success in career positions in public, private, and nonprofit agencies.

Each year the 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.

Industry

Based on graduates from the Class of 2021 who found full-time roles, launched a company, or returned to a family business.

  • Government: 40%
  • Healthcare: 17%
  • Nonprofit: 26%
  • Technology (Internet Services, Retail, Telecomm): 10%
  • Other (Consulting, Hospitality): 7%
 
 

Job Functions

Based on graduates from the Class of 2021 who found full-time roles, launched a company, or returned to a family business.

  • General Management / Human Resources: 50%
  • Operations/Logistics: 26%
  • Public & Social Services: 14%
  • Other (Finance, Consulting): 9%
 
 

Average Salary

$87,534

Average starting salary reported by students (Class of 2021)

Employers

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

  • American Cancer Society
  • Bay Area Air Quality Management District
  • California State Assembly
  • California State Senate
  • City and County of San Francisco
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense
  • Pentagon Force Protection Agency
  • Public Utilities Commission
  • Susan G. Komen
  • U.S. Department of Justice

Job Titles

  • Business Operations Manager, Senior
  • Deputy Public Administrator
  • Director of Program Management
  • Investigative Analyst
  • Labor Relations Representative
  • Law Enforcement Response Manager
  • Legislative Consultant
  • People and Operations Manager
  • Policy & Communications Analyst, Senior
  • Public Information Officer

NASPAA accreditation indicates the USF Master of Public Administration program contributes to the knowledge, research, and practice of public service, has established measurable goals and outcomes and uses information about its performance to guide program improvement.

Employer data is based upon the most recent 2020 figures. 2021 employer data will be posted once available.