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MPA Careers: Skills to Improve Your Community

Lindenwood’s MPA online program is designed to help you become a leader for change in your community. As you prepare for diverse MPA careers, you’ll gain advanced skills in governmental budgeting, public finance, taxation, program-implementation, and the function of policy makers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a current industry growth rate of 11% for urban and regional planners. At this pace, more than 4,000 new positions for this role alone will be created across the country by 2029.

Urban and Regional Planner


Urban and regional planners ensure a community has the resources and businesses to flourish economically. These professionals plan for the future by facilitating updates to business and government buildings, expanding housing areas, and budgeting for new projects that support community growth.

Political Scientist


Political scientists conduct research and public polls on current political issues and strategies utilized by politicians. Professionals in this role also measure the impact of political decisions on diverse communities.

Career and salary information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Additional MPA careers for graduates of this program:

  • City administrator
  • Legislative director

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As you’re making your decision about pursuing an online degree, you are likely to have questions. From program information to details about the application process, we’re here to help you find the answers you need.

Program Outcomes: Skills for Diverse Leadership Careers

When you complete the Master’s in Public Administration online program, you will be able to:

Career Support

Lindenwood University is committed to supporting its students academically and professionally after graduation.

Contact an enrollment counselor at 855-941-0568 to learn more about the career services that are available to you.

Job Fairs

We host four job fairs per year, both on campus and through our partnerships within the Gateway Career Association.

Office of Career Services

We can help you begin your job search, make professional connections, and prepare for the job you want.

Alumni Network

When you graduate with a degree from Lindenwood, you’ll be a part of our extensive network of former students.

Find Your Strengths

Explore your talents with Gallup StrengthsQuest, an assessment tool that sets you up for career success.