Graduate Jobs

What can I do with a Master of Public Administration degree?

The primary objective of the MPA Program is to provide professional training in public and nonprofit administration.  The curriculum emphasizes the development of administrative and analytical skills.  Students develop mastery through applied techniques and administrative exercises appropriate to the management of government, nonprofit, and arts-related organizations.

Below is a sample of current positions of alumni who graduated with an MPA from UNC Charlotte within the past five years.

Local Government:

Procurement Officer at City of Charlotte
Budget & Evaluation Analyst at City of Charlotte
Management Analyst at Mecklenburg County Land Use & Environmental Services Agency
Elections Specialist – Mecklenburg County Board of Elections
Fiscal Officer at Charlotte Area Transit System
Community Information & Research Manager, Neighborhood & Business Services – City of Charlotte
Fiscal Affairs – Administration Officer – Charlotte/Mecklenburg Police Department
Recreation Program Specialist – Town of Matthews, Parks & Recreation
Victim Services Coordinator - Union County United Family Services
Code Enforcement Outreach Administrator, Land Use & Environmental Services Agency at Mecklenburg County
Process Consultant with Mecklenburg County Organizational Improvement Division
Land Development Section Manager at City of Charlotte – Dept. of Transportation
Batallion Chief, Charlotte Fire Department
Budget Analyst – Cabarrus County
Fiscal and Policy Analyst at City of San Diego
Community Affairs Officer, Charlotte Mecklenburg Housing Partnership

State Government:

N.C. Tax Department
Director of Assessment at DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education

Federal Government:

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Nonprofit Organizations:

Volunteer Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Charlotte
Leadership Membership Manager at Levine Museum of the New South
Event Manager at Blumenthal Performing Arts
Annual Fund & Individual Giving Manager, Mint Museum
Membership Retention Specialist at Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council
Assistant Controller – Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte
Development Director – Habitat for Humanity of Orange County
Housing Coordinator for Partners Ending Homelessness in Guilford County
Victim Services Coordinator - Union County United Family Services
Local Government Affairs Director at NC Association of REALTORS

Colleges and Universities

Director of Stewardship at UNC Charlotte
Assistant Director of Donor Relations at Davidson College
Assistant Director of Member Services at Wake Forest University
Procurement Specialist at Methodist College
Business Continuity Analyst at UNC Charlotte
Assistant Director, Transfer Career Programs - UNC Charlotte

Private Business/Consulting

Residential Operations Associates, Self-Help Credit Union
Gallery Director – New Gallery of Modern Art – Charlotte, NC
Global Business Continuity & Recovery, AVP – Bank of America
Deloitte’s Federal Practice, Government Consultant – Dayton, Ohio
Director of Government Affairs at American Airlines
Senior Consultant (in Emergency Management) with Booz, Allen, Hamilton – McLean, Va
Data/Compliance Specialist at Public Health Management Corporation – Greater Philadelphia area

Employment Statistics 2018-2019

National or central government in the same country as the program   1
State, provincial or regional government in the same country as the program   4
City, County, or other local government in the same country as the program   11
Government not in the same country as the program (all levels) or international quasi-governmental   0
Nonprofit domestic-oriented   6
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented   0
Private Sector - Research/Consulting   0
Private Sector but not research/ consulting   3
Obtaining further education   0
Military Service   0
Unemployed (not seeking employment)   0
Unemployed (seeking employment)   0
Total   25