Master of Public Administration at SIUE
The program in the College of Arts and Sciences serves two types of students: (1) pre-service students who have recently completed a bachelor’s degree and wish to use the master’s degree to gain entry into a professional career track, and (2) in-service students who have worked for several years in the public sector or nonprofit sector, but wish to return to the University to enhance or upgrade their skills and knowledge.
Degrees Available at SIUE
- Master of Public Administration
All industries benefit from strong leadership, which makes graduates of MPA programs highly sought after. Historically, graduates of SIUE’s master of public administration program have been very competitive in the job market. Many benefit from the department’s strong network with employers in Illinois and the St. Louis metropolitan area. A number of SIUE graduates have become city managers, department heads in the public sector and administrators in the non-profit sector.
Local and state governments are among the largest employers in the economy and job prospects are favorable. Job growth will stem from the rising demand for services at the local and state level, particularly demand for public safety and health services. Two factors are fueling the growth of these services: an increasing population and the assumption of responsibility by local and state governments for services previously provided by the federal government. Local and state jobs, however, are susceptible to budgetary constraints, which is why advanced degrees are highly recommended in order to compete.
Graduates of the program hold a wide range of positions such as city managers, finance directors, policy analysts, legislative staff, administrators of non-profit agencies, health care administrators, military staff and line commanders, police chiefs, fire chiefs, recreation directors, museum directors, and social service staff and managers.