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An MPA degree is a master's degree in the area of public administration. Graduates of MPA programs work in the private and public sector in management, homeland security, consulting, environment, education, analysis, health care and other areas. Graduates work with both nonprofit organizations and local, regional, state or federal government.


Graduates of Wichita State University with a Master of Public Administration serve in diverse sectors, both in Kansas, across the nation and internationally. A small sample of positions held by MPA alumni of WSU:

  • Assistant City Manager, Wichita, Kansas
  • Executive Director of Research, Wichita Public Schools, Kansas
  • Finance Director, Corvallis, Oregon
  • Community Development Analyst, Long Beach, California
  • County Manager, Routt County, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
  • City Manager, Derby, Kansas
  • President/CEO, Goodwill Industries, Wichita, Kansas
  • City Manager, Hutchinson, Kansas
  • City Manager, Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Program Director, Catholic Charities, Wichita, Kansas

An MPA degree offers a variety of employment possibilities for graduates. Some examples are:

  • Nonprofit Chief Executive Officer
  • Nonprofit Executive Director
  • Economic Development Director
  • Project Manager
  • Program Director
  • City Administrator/Manager
  • County Administrator/Manager
  • Management Analyst
  • Diplomatic Liaison
  • Contract Administrator
  • City Council Assistant
  • City Clerk
  • Policy Analyst
  • Finance Officer
  • Budget Director
  • Budget Analyst