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Career Outcomes & Job Titles

People who choose an online general public administration degree often pursue management or leadership positions in government agencies, public service organizations or public-private community networks.

Potential Employment Settings

  • Consulting firm
  • Educational institution
  • Government — local, state, federal
  • International organization
  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Nonprofit organization
  • Political association
  • Professional association
  • Research organization
  • Special interest group
  • Think tank
  • Trade group

Common Job Titles/Positions*

  • Adjunct or part-time faculty
  • Administrator
  • Analyst
  • Assistant city manager
  • City manager
  • County support manager
  • Data manager
  • Director
  • Economic development manager
  • Fundraising and development manager
  • Government relations manager
  • Human services manager
  • Instructor
  • Manager
  • Nonprofit manager
  • Parks and recreation manager
  • Planning manager
  • Political leader (city official, mayor, governor)
  • Policy advisor
  • Policy analyst
  • Program officer
  • Public safety manager
  • Public works manager
  • Research assistant
  • Social service provider or administrator

*These examples are intended to serve as a general guide. Many factors determine what position an individual may attain and Capella can't guarantee a graduate will secure any specific job title.

†Most positions require licensure and/or other designations. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Master of Public Administration Degree Program Graduates

Data from graduates across all Public Service Leadership masters programs have been combined for these Career Outcomes results.

The graphs below show some key findings from Capella's Alumni Outcomes Survey. We use this information to help improve our courses, programs and services and to give you an idea of how alumni are using their degrees.

The skills and knowledge have been immediately applicable to my career 63%My degree has positioned me to achieve my professional ambitions 75%Capellas competency based curriculum has prepared me for the needs of my profession 88%

Percentage of respondents who answered "strongly agree" or "agree."
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.

Made a significant contribution to my profession 38%Successfully changed jobs and-or careers 63%Assumed leadership responsibilities 88%Received a salary increase 63%Received a promotion 75%

Percentage of respondents who indicated they had accomplished each item.
Source: Responses to the Alumni Outcomes Survey one year after graduation. The data were collected during Q2 2014 – Q1 2015.