Master of Public Administration (MPA)
What it is:
A Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a graduate degree in public administration.
How it works (Example):
An MPA typically involves the study of management, government, public policy, ethics and law. Most MPA programs take two years.
Some MPA programs are very difficult to get into, and the starting salaries for graduates from these programs are typically higher than the starting salaries for graduates from other schools.
Why it Matters:
Obtaining an MPA can propel a career significantly and make a person more employable, depending on when and how it is applied and the industry in which a person works. Traditionally, an MPA is most useful in legislative positions, nonprofit organizations and government careers.