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Earning a master’s in public administration offers many potential career paths and opens the doors to a broad range of careers. Graduates of the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs Master of Public Administration program hold a variety of public and private sector jobs both in Kansas, across the nation and internationally.

Positions held by Hugo Wall MPA alumni:

  • Assistant City Manager, City of Wichita
  • City Manager, City of Hutchinson
  • City Manager, City of Wichita Falls, Texas
  • Development Manager, City of Derby
  • Executive Director of Research, Wichita Public Schools
  • Finance Director, City of Corvallis, Ore.
  • Community Development Analyst, City of Long Beach, Cali.
  • County Manager, Routt County, Steamboat Springs, Colo.
  • Management Analyst, Yolo County, Woodland, Calif.
  • President, Goodwill Industries
  • National Operations Director, London nonprofit
  • Program Director, Catholic Charities
  • Chief Operations Officer, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters

An MPA degree offers a variety of employment possibilities such as:

  • City Manager
  • Finance Director
  • Budget Analyst
  • Economic Development Director
  • City Clerk
  • Management Analyst
  • Public Works Director
  • Policy Analyst
  • Utility Director
  • County Manager
  • Program Director
  • City Administrator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Program Coordinator
  • Budget Director
  • Risk Manager
  • Contract Administrator
  • Research Analyst
  • Director of Development 
  • Associate Director of Philanthropy
  • Chief Financial Officer

See our Employment page for current public sector and nonprofit job openings in Kansas.

Employment of MPA Graduates (2013-2014)

Job Position   Graduates
Government - National or Central 0
Government - State of Kansas or Regional 3
Government - City of Wichita or Sedgwick County 11
Government - Foreign or International 0
Nonprofit - Domestic 1
Nonprofit - International 0
Private Sector - Research/Consulting 0
Private Sector - Not Research/Consulting 5
Military 0
Obtaining Further Education 1
Unemployed - Seeking Employment 0
Unemployed - Not Seeking Employmet 0
Status Unknown  0
Total Number of Graduates 21

MPA Degree Completion (2013-2014)

Graduated in
2 Years
Graduated in
3 Years
Graduated in
4 Years
Total Number of Students 37 8 19 21


Sample of MPA Graduate Internship Placements (2013-2014)

Location Paid/Unpaid Full-Time/Part-Time Amount
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas Paid Full-Time 1
City of Andover Paid Full-Time 1
City of Derby Paid Full-Time 1
City of Derby Unpaid Full-Time 1
City of El Dorado Unpaid Full-Time 1
City of Valley Center Paid Full-Time 1
City of Wichita Paid Full-Time 1
Interfaith Ministries Unpaid Full-Time 1
Sedgwick County Paid Full-Time 4
Wichita State University Foundation Paid Full-Time 2

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