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Cornell University’s MPA Degree Career Report


Cornell University’s MPA Degree Career Report

If you’re ready to join a community of dedicated, driven changemakers, then you’re in the right place.

In this MPA Career Report, we showcase Cornell University’s respected Master of Public Administration (MPA0, our high-achieving community of alumni, and in turn, invite you to explore how exactly you define career success.

  • We also answer questions like these:
  • What can I do with an MPA?
  • Is an MPA worth it?
  • What is the value of an Ivy League MPA program?
  • What are my options for public affairs careers?
  • Does Cornell allow for MPA internships?
  • What are the benefits of an MPA?

Let Cornell's MPA help you land your dream career — download the MPA Degree Career Report today!

Download Cornell University’s MPA Degree Career Report


What Can I Do with an MPA? 

At the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs, we ask you to think critically about your career goals and then enable
you to design a curriculum that allows you to build the skills and knowledge needed to achieve your desired career.

Here are just a few of the public service careers that are available to MPA graduates: 

  • Policy Analyst
  • Public Relations Director
  • Machine Learning Specialist
  • Transportation Planner
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Operations Manager
  • Museum Director

A Look at MPA Degree Salary:

On average, those with an MPA can expect an average salary of $68,000. In addition to the vital training and specific subject knowledge that an MPA provides, those with a master’s degree can expect to earn approximately $18,000 more per year than those with a bachelor’s alone.

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Of course the salary varies greatly based on work experience, the sector of employment, company size, and the potential for raises, bonuses, and promotions. For example, within both the public and private sectors, salaries can range from $40K-$100K.

Our MPA program has served as a launchpad for many growth-filled careers in public affairs. Fill out the form above to unlock Cornell University’s MPA Degree Career Report to explore the diverse career paths our alumni have pursued.