When exploring careers in governmental or non-profit agencies, it is vital to understand how to obtain the education necessary to excel. Pursuing a master's in public administration (MPA) is the quickest route to gaining key competencies in the organizational leadership and strategic planning necessary to run agencies and various departments throughout the public sector with refined purpose and efficiency. An MPA is a professional degree, often pursued in place of a master of business (MBA). The main difference is that the MBA is used more often to pursue jobs in the private (for-profit) sector, while the MPA is more often used to pursue public (non-profit) sector jobs. After completing the program and earning your MPA, you will be qualified to work in a plethora of areas like:
Administration within the public sector
The transportation department
The public library system
The social welfare system
...and many more areas of expertise that you can find on any MPA website.
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Some schools require that you have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, have taken the GRE/GMAT and have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. If you are unsure of the program requirements, it is a good idea to review the website of the online program you are pursuing to ensure you don't miss anything.
Certain online MPA curriculums will provide a concise overview of their particular programs, but there are some general course requirements that will be a part of whatever program you end up deciding on. Core classes found in the majority of online MPA curriculums are: Choosing a Concentration
Public sector accounting and auditing
Public service leadership
Public administration law
Human resources management
After choosing to pursue an MPA, it is possible to choose a concentration and elective. Some of the concentrations available under the umbrella of the MPA are:
Environmental policy and natural resource management
Local government management
Public financial administration
Sustainability and sustainable development.
Some examples of electives that typically accompany an online MPA program are:
Productivity improvement in local government
Government and non-profit
Accounting and reporting
City and county management
Introduction to public policy analysis
Labor management relations
MPA programs can differ from each other quite a bit. Familiarizing yourself with various programs will allow you to make an educated decision when the time to enroll arrives.