Public Administration


Master of Public Administration


About the Degree

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) is a professional degree designed to prepare students for their public service careers in local government public management and administration as well as the management of non-profit organizations. There is also a joint JD/MPA program offered with the School of Law.

Students may specialize in public or non-profit management.

Students will study all the elements of management: budgeting, personnel, administrative law, organizational theory, ethics, and research methods.


Salary and Career Outlook

The career outlook is good for local government jobs in Ohio.

Salaries vary, but the average is about $35,000 for an entry level position in local government.

Recent employers include:

  • ICMA Fellow, City of Columbia, Missouri
  • Assistant Director, Choices: A Community Social Center
  • Assistant Administrator, Dakota County, Minnesota


Why Akron?

The distinctive feature of this degree is its emphasis on public administration in local government. The chief advantage is the breadth of the knowledge of administration, excellent research methods, and contact with working professionals.


Contact Information

            Graduate Coordinator:           Dr. John Green

                                                            Olin Hall, Room 223B

                                                            green@uakron.edu

                                                            (330) 972-5182          

            Graduate School:                   Heather Blake

                                                            Polsky Building, Room 467

                                                            hblake@uakron.edu         

                                                            (330) 972-7664