Where Can You Go with Your MPA Degree?

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Northern's MPA Graduates Pursue Careers in Public, Private, and Nonprofit Sectors.1
The MPA program offers an integrated course of study incorporating both theory and practice. The public policy/management core, required of all students, promotes applied problem-solving and ethical administrative practices. The curriculum appeals to both pre-career students looking for entry-level management positions and mid career executives looking for opportunities for intellectual growth and career enhancement. The MPA program teaches skills that can be readily applied to a variety of work environments. As can be seen from the following chart, MPA graduates pursue careers in many employment sectors.

For more information about the MPA program:

Denise E. Burchard, MPA
Assistant to the Chair
Division of Public Administration
Phone: (815) 753-6149
Email: dburchard@niu.edu
Click to obtain application form


Federal Government*

Job Title
Location
Job Title
Location
State Conservationist U.S. Department of Agriculture Tribal Liaison U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Senior Evaluator U.S. General Accounting Office Regional Chief Information Officer U.S. General Services Administration
Systems Analyst U.S. Social Security Administration Assistant Administrative Manager U.S. District Court
Environmental Protection Specialist U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Research Psychologist Naval Air Warfare Center

State Government*

Job Title
Location
Job Title
Location
Parole Agent Dept of Corrections IL Finance Director Auditor of State of Ohio
Administrator Dept of Mental Health & Develop. Disabilities IL Superintendent Corrections Training Academy
Management Systems Specialist Dept of Children & Family Services IL Professional Service Librarian Dept of Mental Health & Develop. Disabilities IL
Regional Administrator Dept of Children & Family Services IL Administrative Technician Dept of Public Safety, TX

Local Government*

Job Title
Location
Job Title
Location
1st Deputy Commissioner, Dept of Environment City of Chicago Captain/Shift Commander Elmwood Park Fire Dept.
Director, Financial Planning City of Portland City Manager City of DeKalb
Director, Dept of Economic Development Geneva Fire Chief Park Ridge Fire Dept.
Personnel Director City of Rock Island Senior Sanitarian DuPage Co. Health Dept.
Executive Secretary Village of Lake Bluff Auditor Supervisor City of Chicago
Director of Admin. Services Kendall County Police Commander Village of Mt. Prospect
Village Manager Buffalo Grove Director DeKalb Park District
Administrative Analyst City of Naperville English Instructor Barrington Community Schools
City Manager City of Moraine Assistant Commissioner of Aviation Chicago O’Hare International Airport

Private Sector*

Job Title
Location
Job Title
Location
Broker/Owner Century 21 Conservation Consultant Self employed
Owner Printability Business Printing Centers Director, Project Development CRSS Constructors
Policy Analyst Health Care Finance Administration Senior Consultant KPMG Peat Marwick
President ALTT Communications Executive Director The Guidance Center
News Editor Shelbyville News Senior Software Engineer Honeywell Inc.
Business Unit Manager Wahl Clipper Corp. Real Estate Broker RE Max Landview Realtors
President & CEO The Cummins Group Publisher Marshall Co. Publishing Company

Non Profit Organizations*

Job Title
Location
Job Title
Location
President Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois Vice President Roc Vale Children’s Home
Employment Counselor Ft. Stewart Job Assistance Center Psychologist Ulster County Mental Health
Service Ministry Coordinator Fox Valley Unity Church Director North Shore Ctr. For the Performing Arts Fundation
Campaign Director Heart of Illinois United Way Assistant Executive Director YWCA

*Because of the high number of MPA graduates, this is just a sampling of positions held by MPA alumni.