MPA Careers

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is a broad-based degree designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge, and competencies to pursue successful careers as public managers in government or the nonprofit sector. Below are just some of the potential career paths you can follow with an MPA degree.

  • Systems Evaluation Officer
  • Auditor
  • Analyst (research, systems, budget, legislative, statistical)
  • Labor/Management Relations
  • Program Coordinator
  • Employee Development Officer
  • Financial Counselor
  • Revenue Officer
  • Contract Compliance Officer
  • Information Specialist
  • Environmental Planner
  • Investigator
  • Claims Examiner
  • Executive Director
  • Management Consultant
  • Managing Partner
  • Senior Staff Associate
  • Personnel Recruitment Director
  • Town/City/County Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Planner
  • Finance Coordinator
  • Budget Director
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Municipal Court Administrator
  • Police Officer
  • Police Chief
  • Fire Fighter
  • Probation Officer
  • Grants Specialist
  • Business Manager
  • Personnel Director
  • Supervising Clerk
  • Development Specialist
  • Professor
  • Assistant Comptroller
  • Research Associate
  • Community Relations Specialist
  • Government Affairs Officer
  • Budget Analyst
  • Personnel Director
  • Registrar/Admissions Director
  • Financial Aid Director
  • Continuing Education Director
  • Museum Management
  • Environment Program Management
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Grants Officer
  • Director of Contracts
  • Project Manager
  • Attorney
  • Public Relations
  • Executive Officer
  • Marketing
  • Events Planning
  • Systems Analyst
  • Editor
  • Writer
  • Manager

What Are Our Graduates Doing Now?

Development Authority of Coumbia County logo. The following list provides a small sample of what our program graduates are doing now. If you are about to graduate, or are an alumnus/alumna and would like to be included on this list, please send us an e-mail letting us know what you're up to; be sure to include your full name, graduation year, and job title/employer.


  • City of Tuscaloosa seal. Patrick Bryant, City Manager of Talladega
  • Rachel Hicks, Presidential Management Fellow 2014, US State Department
  • Eliabeth Hendrix, Presidential Management Fellow 2016, US Treasury
  • La Sonya Harris Hall, MPA, 1994, Deputy Director, Division of Parks & Neighborhoods, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Dana Hazen, MPA 2007, City Planner, City of Mountain Brook
  • Walter Maddox, MPA 2004, Mayor of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Troy Post, MPA 2003, Executive Director, Development Authority of Columbia County, Georgia
  • Merika Coleman, MPA 1998, Alabama House of Representative 57th District (Jefferson County), and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Miles College
  • MAlabama House of Representatives logo. ark G. Michaelsen, MPA 2005, Legislative Assistant to Rep. Curt Gielow (23rd District, Minnesota)
  • Andrew Russell, MPA 2013, Planner, City of Dunwoody, GA
  • Tiffany Brown, MPA 2013, Presidential Management Fellow, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


  • CDCKenneth Rose, MPA 1997, Policy Director, Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control
  • Joyce Morris, MPA 1985, State Assessment Coordinator, Oklahoma State Department of Health
  • Gary Mans, MPA 2004, Director of Public Relations, UAB, and Chair of the Group on Institutional Advancement (GIA) for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
  • Leslie J. Morgan, MPA-MPH/JD 2000, Attorneys Bradley Arant Rose & White


  • RedCrossSusan Matlock, MPA, 1985, Former President and Chief Executive, The Innovation Depot
  • Joe Packa, MPA 1982, Former Chief Executive Officer, Red Cross, Southeast Region
  • Sherri Van Pelt, Former VP of Development and Communications, Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center
  • Melissa Kaplan, Director, Capital Campaign at Hadassah International

Career Resources

There are many resources available to help you start or advance your career.

Hire A Blazer online portal. The University's Career Center is a great place to get started. The center provides information on employment opportunities, assists with job skill development including interviewing and resume writing, sponsors jobs fairs, and much more! Be sure to check out the information and advice tailored specifically for you.

Three of the most prominent groups in professional public service careers and education have joined forces to create a job board and career information website.

You can research your job prospects and potential salary through the Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook (revised every 2 years, it describes working conditions, training and education needed, and expected earnings and job prospects).

For information on local nonprofit career opportunities, see the Alabama Association of Nonprofits job board.