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Public Administration Careers

Thrive in Advanced Management and Public Administration Careers

After completing the online MPA program from UD, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and leadership skills to help organizations through today’s most pressing challenges.

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Notable Alumni: Graduates in UD’s MPA alumni network have held impressive career titles such as Executive Vice President, Corporate Vice President, Director of Public Policy, CEO and Governor of the State of Delaware.

Known for Excellence: Our online MPA is ranked in the 2021 Best Public Affairs Programs by U.S. News & World Report, including the Best Nonprofit Management, Public Finance/Budgeting and Public Management/Leadership programs.

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Develop Values-Based Decision-Making Skills for Diverse Roles

Government Officials/Chief Executives1 $113,270 per year

Administrative Services Managers2 $98,890 per year

Social & Community Services Managers, Local Government3 $87,720 per year

Urban & Regional Planner4 $75,950 per year

Apply your Versatile Skills Set to Varied Opportunities

We’ve developed our top-ranked online MPA program to prepare you for numerous roles in local, state and federal government, organizations, nonprofits and more. Our graduates have gone on to pursue impressive public administration careers such as:

  • CEO
  • Corporate Vice President
  • Director of Public Policy
  • Executive Vice President
  • Federal consultant
  • Governor
  • Mayor
  • Medical and health services manager
  • Nonprofit manager

Public Administration Career Outlook

Career Readiness

As a UD Online student, you’ll gain access to all available student and career services from the University of Delaware.

Career Coaching

You can speak with a career coach one-on-one as you explore your passion and find the best potential job opportunities.

Digital Connections

UD’s career services tool, Handshake, allows students and employers to find each other via thousands of jobs and internships as well as upcoming networking events.

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Ethical leadership
  • Financial management
  • Human resources
  • Information technology in management
  • Microeconomics concepts
  • Nonprofit management
  • Performance management
  • Program evaluation
  • Public administration
  • Public policy
  • Research design and data analysis
  • Urban affairs

Optional Concentration

Healthcare Management

You can add a nine-credit concentration in Healthcare Management to your online MPA. You’ll gain the analytical and managerial tools to lead in public and not-for-profit healthcare organizations and related institutions.