Public Administration Careers

What Can You Do with a Degree in Public Administration?

Graduates of the UMass Boston Public Administration master's degree program hold top-level professional positions in many fields. Below is a sampling of positions held by graduates of the MSPA program.

City or Town Government

Executive Director, Housing Authority
Director of Community Services
Chief of Policy and Planning
City Councilor
Deputy Director, Division of Planning and Development
Community Relations Manager
Assistant Administrator
Budget Analyst

State Government

State Representative
Executive Director, Office of Refugees and Immigrants
Assistant Secretary of the Commonwealth
Chief of Staff
Legislative Director
Director of Public Education
Boston Harbor Regional Coordinator

State Agencies

Director of Policy Development, Department of Mental Health
Deputy Commissioner for Long Term Care Supports
Regional Planner, Bureau of Waste Site Clean-up
Environmental Analyst
Welfare to Work Consultant
Permit Administrator, Department of Environmental Protection

Federal Government

Director, Issues Management and Technology Policy
Senior Deputy Director, Planning and Budget
Congressional District Director
Civil Rights Analyst
Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Officer

Nonprofit Sector

Director of Operations
Director of Administration and Finance
Public Policy Director
Director of Development
Director of Housing Development
Senior Analyst for Disability Programs
Government Relations Manager
Senior Grant Writer
Database Manager

Criminal Justice

Chief of Police
Trooper, Massachusetts State Police
Executive Assistant. to District Attorney
Assistant to Chief Justice
Supervisor, Massachusetts Environmental Police
Public Safety Officer
State Parole Officer
Probation Officer

Health Care

Vice President of Communications
Director of Health Access Programs
Director of Public Affairs
Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs
Assistant Director of Revenue
Staff Psychologist
Policy Analyst
Policy and Research Associate
Operations Manager, Child Advocacy Office
Manager of Training & Quality Assurance
Regional Accounts Manager
Communications Consultant
Quality Coordinator

Education or Educational Administration

Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs
Director, Office of Admissions
Assistant Dean
Technology Integration Specialist
Budget Director
Social Studies teacher