Program Description

The Auburn University at Montgomery Master’s Degree Program in Public Administration offers a curriculum that provides students with the training essential for understanding and solving today’s complex policy problems, thereby positioning students for opportunities across the public, non-profit, and private sectors.

For full details on the Master of Science in Public Administration, please visit their official page.

Master of Science in Public Administration

Career Possibilities

Recent graduates from this program have been admitted to various graduate programs and/or taken positions at the local, state, and national levels with job titles like these:

  • Policy Analyst
  • Budget Analyst
  • Development Officer
  • Grant Writer
  • Revenue Compliance Officer
  • Project Manager
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Communications and Development Associate
  • Youth Development Director

Applications are accepted throughout the academic year and applicants should make certain to follow the program’s Application Instructions.  The program also awards scholarships  to new and continuing students who meet certain requirements.

The MPA program offers two certificates, explained below. Students in the program can elect to earn either certificate as an option. Individuals who are not enrolled in the program are able to take the courses to earn only the certificate.

The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers students a traditional liberal arts education to meet the needs of the 21st century, allowing them to compete for a variety of careers in an increasingly complex and evolving world.

Points of Pride

  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a Best Public Affairs Program for 2021.
  • Public administration graduate earns Local Government Management Fellowship
  • Program faculty members have expertise across several areas of public administration and public policy including ethics, program evaluation, organizational behavior, budgeting, financial management, urban politics, intergovernmental relations and nonprofits.
  • The MPA program hosts an active Student Chapter of the International City-County Management Association (ICMA). The student-led ICMA chapter hosts guest speakers and coordinates a service-learning project.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries nationally.

A master’s degree in Public Administration can open doors for leadership roles in a number of growing job sectors. For instance, employment of management occupations is projected to grow 7 percent from 2018 to 2028, faster than the average for all occupations, which will result in about 706,900 new jobs. Employment growth is expected to be driven by the formation of new organizations and expansion of existing ones, which should require more workers to manage these operations. The median annual wage for management occupations was $104,240 in May 2018, which was the highest wage of all the major occupational groups.

Another example: the median annual wage for postsecondary education administrators is currently $94,340 and the projected job growth from 2018 to 2028 for these professionals is 7 percent.

Internships with a relevant public, private, or non-profit entity can receive one-course elective credit. Recent internships were held with the following organizations:

  • Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Law Enforcement and Traffic Safety Division, Montgomery, AL
  • Alabama Partnership for Children, Montgomery, AL
  • Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, Auburn, AL
  • City Clerk’s Office, City of Montgomery, AL
  • City Manager, City of Mountain Brook, AL
  • City Manager, City of Novi, Michigan
  • District Office, Farmers Insurance Group, Montgomery, AL
  • SAYNO (the Substance Abuse Youth Networking Organization), Montgomery, AL
  • State Auditor’s Office, State of Alabama, Montgomery, AL
  • Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles, Montgomery, AL
  • Children’s Harbor, Birmingham, AL

Recent MPA graduates have been admitted to various graduate programs and/or taken job positions at the local, state, and national levels such as:

  • Communications Coordinator, Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools
  • Communications and Development Associate, Arise Citizens’ Policy Project
  • Executive Assistant, Alabama Partnership for Children
  • Project Manager, Alabama Interactive
  • Budget Analyst, City of Novi, Michigan
  • Revenue Compliance Officer, Alabama Department of Revenue
  • Medicaid Administrator, Alabama State Medicaid Agency
  • Advising & Recruiting Manager, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, AUM
  • ICMA Local Government Management Fellowship, City of Evanston, Illinois
  • Youth Development Director, YMCA of Greater Birmingham
  • Recreation Therapist, Department of Veterans Affairs

The MPA program offers a four-course certificate in Data Analysis and Policy Evaluation as an option for current students as well as individuals not enrolled in the AUM MPA program. The Certificate Program in Data Analysis and Policy Evaluation provides students with the essential training they need to land the jobs they desire: strong data analysis skills—both with respect to the ability to analyze data and the ability to explain their data analysis in written, visual, and verbal communication. Students work closely with faculty members who are experts in this area. Four courses are currently offered for the certificate:

  • PUAD 6060 Research Design
  • PUAD 6080 Statistics and Data Analysis
  • PUAD 6260 Program Evaluation
  • PUAD 6540 Public Finance for Policymakers

The MPA program’s Certificate in State and Local Administration focuses on the policymaking and implementation challenges affecting state and local governments and provides hands-on training in grant writing and grants administration. This certificate requires four courses and the following courses are currently offered.

  • PUAD 6040 Public and Nonprofit Budgeting
  • PUAD 6130 State and Local Government
  • PUAD 6160 Intergovernmental Relations
  • PUAD 6310 Policy and Politics in Urban America
  • PUAD 6720 Grants and Contracts

For More Information

About this program, please contact the Graduate Admissions team.
Department of Political Science and Public Administration
Auburn University at Montgomery

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