MPPA Career Options

Professional opportunities for graduates of Northwestern's Master's in Public Policy and Administration program are as broad and varied as the field of public policy and administration itself. With four concentrations to choose from, MPPA graduates set their sights on leadership roles in government at the local, regional and federal levels, in nonprofit organizations or in private enterprise.



Additional Information

Job growth in other areas of public service will be faster than the average for all occupations. Careers include health services managers, urban and regional planners, community service managers, government IT managers, emergency management, political science research, and foreign affairs.  Whatever focus they choose, MPPA graduates take satisfaction in helping to shape the policies that affect our lives.



Internships are recommended to give students practical job skills in their field and information on outside internships is readily available on the internet. 

Internships taken in conjunction with a 499 Independent Study registration are available to students who have completed four courses in the MPPA program. Students may find their own internships. Once a student accepts an internship they must formulate a project with an MPPA instructor and sign up for an MPPA 499 Independent Study. The course will count as an elective. Only one Independent Study per student is allowed. Instead of an internship with an outside organization, students may use their current job for an independent study, on the condition that a research project and data specifically developed at your job are used, and the appropriate faculty guidance is secured. 

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