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M.P.A. Career Outlook

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Lead With Purpose in Public Administration

  • Employment opportunities in public administration are projected to increase by 10% by 2026, depending on the industry.
  • The non-profit sector specifically has grown 20 percent in the past 10 years.
  • Candidates with a master’s degree are eligible for 75 percent of jobs within public administration, as opposed to 50 percent for those who hold a bachelor’s degree.

Gain the leadership skills and sector understanding you need to become an effective administrator in government, non-profit management, social service, museums, higher education or health care with Seton Hall’s Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.).

Through our N.A.C.C.-based curriculum, one of the first of its kind in the country, you will gain practical, field-relevant knowledge that prepares you for a successful career in non-profit management or public administration. You will leave this program with a better understanding of leadership, management, finance, research, analysis, and more.

Practical instruction, internship opportunities, and other career resources prepare you with the insights and experience to make the most of post-graduation job opportunities.

SOURCES: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 501ctrust, Burning Glass, April 2018.

Explore Your Options

The versatile online M.P.A. can qualify you for a myriad of employment options. Whether your passion lies in management, program development, or fundraising, you’ll graduate with the skills you need to succeed.

Compensation can vary based on a variety of factors, including your experience level and your chosen industry. Here is a snapshot of annual salaries for popular public administration positions:

Job TitleMedian Annual Salary
Chief of Staff, Senate$169,367
Business Manager, Municipal$86,618
Executive Director$75,011
Social and Community Services Manager$64,680
Budget Analyst$58,517
Program Director, Non-Profit$58,057
Fundraising Manager$51,286

Not only does an online M.P.A. give you options when it comes to potential jobs, it also offers you the freedom of working wherever you want to live. There is high demand for public administration professionals all over the country, especially in these five states:

  1. California: 244,517 job postings*

  2. New York: 122,220 job postings

  3. Texas: 111,273 job postings

  4. Massachusetts: 80,320 job postings

  5. Illinois: 73,074 job postings

Set Yourself Apart

While the field of non-profit leadership is competitive, prepare to excel with Seton Hall’s M.P.A., one of the nation’s top 20 non-profit management programs according to U.S. News & World Report.

You will learn real-world, highly applicable skills in this program accredited by N.A.S.P.A.A.—an accreditation that shows current and future employers that you graduated from a program known for producing renowned leaders in public service.

Additionally, through a curriculum mapped to the guidelines of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council, you’ll gain the most current and in-demand proficiencies and stand out in the crowded job market.

If you have more questions about our program, please call us at (844) 823-1198 or request more information.

*Based on job postings from 2017–2018, reported by

SOURCES:,,, and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

**Seton Hall University will waive the $75 application fee for qualified students who submit a completed application within a 3 week period for our 2021 -2022 start dates to one of the following online programs: Master of Public Administration, M.S.N. in Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Master of Science in Nursing, Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) or Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.C.).The fee waiver program is for United States citizens and permanent residents only and is subject to change without notice. Fees paid previously are non-refundable. Connect with your enrollment counselor for more information.)