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What Can I do With a Master's Degree in Public Administration?

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Advising & Career Services' Resources

Advising & Career Sercices has a variety of resources to help students explore potential career fields. These resources include information about typical responsibilities, qualifications, career paths, job outlook, salary, and related careers.

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Vocational Biographies 

Vocational Biographies describes the career success stories of 1001 real people. Search by career title, keyword, topic, and career cluster. Username: portland su and pass code: 3w9n.

  • City Management Analyst
  • Economic Development Director
  • Economic Diversification Coordinator
  • Municipal Budget Director
  • University Government Relations Lobbyist
  • Victim's Impact Panel Director

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Professional Associations

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Internet Sites with Career-Related Information for Master of Public Administration Degrees

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Internet Sites with Job Search Information for Master of Public Administration Degrees

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Places of Employment

Students who earn a master's degree in public administration develop skills that are valued by employers. These skills include: research, analysis, writing, oral presentation, critical thinking, synthesis, and problem solving. Students and alumni may find employment in city, state, and federal government; nonprofits; social services; and educational institutions depending on their skills and experience. Career-related internships may be a prerequisite to finding employment.

The following list of employers and job titles was derived from Advising & Career Services' jobs database where the employer specifically requested master's in public administration. This list does not reflect all potential places of employment or kinds of jobs for master's in public administration. This list does not reflect current openings.

Division of Public Administration - Portland State University

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