The Masters of Public Administration (MPA) degree is the professional degree for students seeking a career in public service or nonprofit management. MPA programs develop the skills and techniques used by managers to implement policies, projects, and programs that resolve important problems within their organization and in society.In general, MPA programs place more emphasis on management and implementation techniques, while MPP programs emphasize policy research and evaluation. For example, a course on analyzing policy methods would be more popular among MPP students, while a course in managerial economics may pertain more to MPA students. Be sure to check each school to find the program fit for you.
How much could my salary increase after obtaining the MPA/MPP? The Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington found that their MPA graduates reported an average salary increase of 31%, as seen on the graph below. Source: 2011 MPA Employment Report In addition, the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania reported that its 2011 MPA graduates have an average starting salary of $61,444.What could be my starting pay working for the federal government?The federal government has a General Schedule (GS) pay scale that is based upon “grades” and “steps.” The links below show how much an individual earns at each grade and step. MPA/MPP graduates usually enter the federal government at GS-9, or at GS-11 if they have relevant work experience. In 2012, a GS-9’s annual pay starts at $41,563, while a GS-11’s starts at $50,287. Federal workers are usually promoted within their grade in 1-2 “steps” per year.
What kind of jobs do MPA/MPP graduates have when they graduate? Below is a chart that offers a few examples of positions often obtained by MPA/MPP graduates, starting with entry level positions. Again, note that the salaries for these positions vary greatly due to a number of factors, including but not limited to work experience, location, and sector.
ASPA is the leading interdisciplinary public service organization that: Advances the art, science, teaching, and practice of public and non-profit administration. Promotes the value of joining and elevating the public service profession. Builds bridges among all who pursue public purposes at home and internationally . Provides networking and professional development opportunities to those committed to public service values. Achieves innovative solutions to the challenges of governance.National Academy of Public Administration is a non-profit, independent coalition of top public management and organizational leaders who tackle the nation's most critical and complex challenges.
The Alliance works to transform local government and advance community excellence though the discovery and application of leading ideas and practices.Calnonprofits is a leadership network of professionals in the nonprofit sector. They lobby on behalf of non profits on the state and federal levelsThe UN Public Administration Network is a global network that connects relevant international, regional, subregional and national institutions worldwise for the promotion of better public administration.
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MEET YOUR CO-CHAIRSKimberly Squire• PEPPERDINE GRAD• 2ND YEAR MPA• WORKS FOR LA COUNTY SUPERVISOR• KSQUIRE@USC.EDUChelsea Wood• UC MERCED GRAD• 2ND YEAR MPA• WORKS FOR LA CITY CONTROLLER• CHELSEEW@USC.EDU
UPCOMING EVENTS• SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 30, 11 AM- 3PM (Meet at Campus/Museum) • “Deconstructing Chinatown” exhibit at the Chinese American Museum & Lunch (Student admission: $2, Lunch on your own)• SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7, 11 AM- 3PM: “CicLAvia” (Meet in front of RGL) • Streets in Los Angeles will be closed for bicyclists and pedestrians! Join other clubs in Sol Price as we take to the streets to support sustainable transportation methods!• SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 11 AM-? (Meet at Getty) • Getty visit with MPP .Bring your own picnic lunch!• NOVEMBER: Homeland Security Module (details TBA)
EXPLORING YOUR DEGREE• MPA v MPP• Career Exploration: • Non-Profits • International • Government/Politics • Health • Environmental/Natural Resource Management • Education • Consulting/Private Sector • Media and Public Affairs
EXPLORING YOUR DEGREE• American Society for Public Administration • www.aspanet.org • www.publicservicecareers.org• NASPAA: National Association of Public Affairs and Administration • www.naspa.org• National Academy of Public Administration • www.napawash.org• ICMA: International City/County Management Association • www.icma.org
EXPLORE YOUR DEGREE• Municipal Managers Association • Idealist of Southern California • www.Idealist.org • www.mmasc.org • Philanthropedia• The Alliance for Innovation • http://www.myphilanthr • www.transformgov.org opedia.org/• League of California Cities • United Nations Public • www.cacities.org Administration Network• California Association of Non-Profits • www.Unpan.org • www.calnonprofits.org• Nonprofit Resource Center • www.nprcenter.com
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