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Public Administration Degree Career Options

You will access greater opportunities for career advancement with public administration degree at the Master's level. While many entry-level positions in government only require a Bachelor's degree, a Master of Public Administration is required in order to advance to many senior management positions. Among the many public administration careers available to graduates include:

  •  Urban Planner 
  •  Non-profit and NGO Director 
  •  Personnel Manager 
  •  Policy Analyst 
  •  Legislative Advisor

Please visit O*NET OnLine to research more public administration careers and occupations in government.

Write to careerservices@ashford.edu for support in starting a public administration career in government.

Special Terms and Conditions: Successful completion of this program by itself does not lead to licensure or certification in any state, regardless of concentration or specialization. Students seeking licensure or certification in a particular profession are strongly encouraged to carefully research the requirements prior to enrollment. Requirements may vary by state. Ashford University does not guarantee that any professional organization will accept a graduate’s application to sit for any exam for the purpose of professional certification.

Public Administration Degree Jobs Information


How to find a public administration job:
First, visit gogovernment.org and spend time researching the types of professionals most needed to work at government agencies right now.

Then go to USA Jobs, the federal government’s official job site. Even if you don’t find the specific job title you’re pursuing, you should at least create your personal profile so that hiring managers can find you.

Consider a federal internship. As a graduate student, you should explore the Presidential Management Fellows Program to see if such an internship could advance your career. 

Veterans’ Preference
If you have served in the armed forces, you should know that there are laws that require preferential treatment to veterans (including the disabled) in federal hiring practices, if certain requirements are met. While this is not a guarantee of employment or retention, it could be advantageous to you if you’re a veteran of the US Armed Forces. Visit the website of the US Department of Labor to learn more about Veterans’ Preference.

With the right training and skills, a public administration career can be rewarding. If this degree matches your goals, call 866.711.1700 or request additional information.