Graduate Jobs

What can I do with a Master of Public Administration degree?

The primary objective of the MPA Program is to provide professional training in public and nonprofit administration.  The curriculum emphasizes the development of administrative and analytical skills.  Students develop mastery through applied techniques and administrative exercises appropriate to the management of government, nonprofit, and arts-related organizations.

Below is a sample of current positions of alumni who graduated with an MPA from UNC Charlotte within the past five years.

Local Government:

Planner, City of Roanoke, VA
Budget Analyst, City of Richmond, VA
Planner, Town of Waxhaw, NC
Human Resource Specialist, Boynton Beach, FL
Budget & Management Analyst, Guilford County, NC
Emergency Management Planner & Public Educator, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Emergency Management
Assistant City Manager, City of Montpelier, VT
Regional Planner, Centralina Council of Governments
Project Coordinator, Town of Huntersville, NC
Director of Finance and Development Services, Town of Ranlo, NC
Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Development, Town of Ranlo, NC
Budget Analyst, Engineering & Property Management, City of Charlotte
Assistant Director of Public Works, Town of Matthews, NC
Budget Analyst, Cabbarus County
Safety Coordinator - Rail, Charlotte Area Transit System
Lead Budget and Finance Officer, Charlotte Water
Grants and Projects Financial Specialist, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

State Government:

Auditor, South Carolina Legislative Audit Council

Federal Government:

Public Health Analyst, Centers for Disease Control (Presidential Management Fellow)
Budget Analyst, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (Presidential Management Fellow)

Nonprofit Organizations:

Annual Giving Manager, Loaves & Fishes, Charlotte, NC
Research Analyst, Goodwill Industries, Charlotte, NC
External Affairs Liaison, Government Relations, Novant Health
Communications & Special Projects Manager, C3Lab, Charlotte, NC
Manager at EdFuel, Atlanta, GA
Research Analyst, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Cary, NC
Development Officer, Teen Health Connection, Charlotte, NC
Program Specialist, Girl Scouts, Hornets' Nest Council, Charlotte, NC
Program Evaluator, Youth Mentor, and Researcher, Developing Programs and Strengthening Communities

Colleges and Universities

Executive Director of Advancement, Western Carolina University
Executive Director for Marketing, University of South Carolina
Administrator, Labor Market Research & Strategic Initiatives, Northern Virginia Community College
Assistant Director for Alumni & Parent Relations, Wingate University
Assistant Director of Residential Operations, Amherst College, Amherst, MA
Institutional Research Analyst, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College

Private Business/Consulting

Manager, Raftelis, Charlotte, NC
Junior Consultant, Nodi Solutions, Washington, DC
Assistant Director of Operations, SouthPark Mall, Charlotte, NC

Employment Statistics 2020-2021

National or central government in the same country as the program   0
State, provincial or regional government in the same country as the program   0
City, County, or other local government in the same country as the program  8 8
Government not in the same country as the program (all levels) or international quasi-governmental   0
Nonprofit domestic-oriented   6
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented   0
Private Sector - Research/Consulting   0
Private Sector but not research/ consulting   3
Obtaining further education   0
Military Service   0
Unemployed (not seeking employment)   0
Unemployed (seeking employment)   0
Status Unknow 2
Total   19