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Career Outlook

EKU alumni are working in federal government agencies, in state agencies, and in regional and local government and nonprofit organizations.

MPA graduates serve as policy analysts, program managers, budget analysts, researchers, elected officials, program evaluators, grant writers, community and economic development specialists and government liaison specialists.

There are numerous career paths available when you earn your master’s degree in Public Administration.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics expects many of those fields to see significant growth in the next decade. Here are a few examples:

Job Title Anticipated Growth
Social and Community Services Managers 27%
Budget Analysts 10%
Medical and Health Services Managers 22%
Human Resources Managers 13%
Urban and Regional Planners 16%
Management Analysts 22%
Postsecondary Education Administrators 19%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition


MPA students also complete 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
  • 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
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