Career Opportunities

MPA Masters of Public Administration Woman at the Capitol building

A degree in public administration can open the door to a number a rewarding career opportunities with nonprofit organizations, government agencies, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), social enterprises, private businesses, financial institutions and more. 

Public administration programs prepare students with essential skills for today’s work environment and allow you to bring your on-the-job experience into the classroom. 

EKU alumni are working with a number of institutions, including federal government agencies, state agencies, regional and local government, and nonprofit organizations.

MPA graduates serve in a variety of public administration jobs, including:

  • Policy analysts
  • Program managers
  • Budget analysts
  • Researchers
  •  Elected officials
  • Program evaluators
  • Grant writers
  • Community and economic development specialists
  • Government liaison specialists

MPA students also completed an internship during the program.  In 2016-2017, EKU MPA students worked for these agencies:

  • YMCA of Central Kentucky
  • City of Shelbyville
  • City of Berea
  • UK Health Care
  • Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC)
  • EKU Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp
  • Campbell County Fiscal Court-Administration Department
  • Social Security Administration
  • Office of Employment and Training
  • Berea College-Baseball
  • Kentucky Regional Extension Center
  • Kentucky Primary Care Association
  • Franklin County Fiscal Court
  • City of Savannah Property Maintenance Department
  • Office of the Registrar, Eastern Kentucky University
  • Eastern Kentucky University-Women and Gender Studies
  • Children’s Review Program-Bluegrass.org
  • Columbia Gas of Kentucky
  • Kentucky River Foothills
  • Kentucky Department of Revenue
  • State of Kentucky, CHFS OATS
  • Saint Joseph Hospital
  • Eastern Kentucky University-Student Success and University Council
  • City of Richmond Planning and Zoning Department
  • Congressman Andy Barr District Office
  • Eastern Kentucky University Libraries
  • Greenwood Area Habitat for Humanity

Whether you are just starting out, or midway through your career, a master’s in public administration can help you make your mark as a public servant.