How Can an MPA Help Me Enter the Nonprofit Field?
Working at a nonprofit requires both the ability to evaluate and manage new programs and policies and the ability to allocate funds, manage a team and run your organization in a way that ensures those policies and proposals are implemented effectively.
USC Price’s online MPA program will prepare you to do both. Specifically, you will learn to:
- Interact with boards and inter-sectoral stakeholders
- Run fundraising and marketing initiatives
- Manage groups of volunteers and employees
What Nonprofit Roles Can I Pursue with an MPA?
How Can an MPA Help Me to Do Government Work?
Leadership skills and a strong understanding of public administration processes are crucial at every level of government.
With our City/County Management certificate, which includes courses like Collaborative Governance and Public Financial Management, you can equip yourself to create solutions to the public’s most prevalent issues. Specifically, you will graduate with skills like:
- Cost-effective public service planning
- Social policy development
- Strategic decision-making
What Government Roles Can I Pursue With an MPA?
How Can an MPA Help Me Enter the Public Policy Field?
Successful public policy analysts must be able to forge relationships — whether that be in neighborhoods, between businesses, within nonprofit organizations or at city hall. USC Price’s online MPA program will teach you to do just that. Through our Public Policy certificate, you will take courses like The Foundations of Public Policy Analysis and Civic Engagement. Specifically, you will graduate with skills in:
- Strategic decision-making and planning in public agencies
- Policy design, implementation, evaluation or termination
- Analysis of ethical issues in public policy
What Public Policy Roles Can I Pursue With an MPA?
How Can an MPA Help Me Enter the Private Sector?
Though an MPA may not seem like the first choice for a private sector career compared to other professional degrees, you will graduate particularly qualified for private institutions that serve public sector organizations — such as pharmaceuticals, law firms or government contracting.
In addition, an MPA can be useful as consumer interest grows in social missions, ethics and transparency. Many modern private organizations are blending for-profit business models with public service ideals — providing opportunities for MPA graduates.