badmajon Posted April 19, 2014 Share Posted April 19, 2014 So I am interested in getting an MPA so I decided to go around looking for jobs online which required or encouraged applicants to have earned one. I noticed something kind of troubling- most of these jobs require an MPA and associated experience in that industry or field. For example, a healthcare program administrator job wanted the MPA , PLUS 5 years in the healthcare industry or a health related BA. A county forestry program manager job wanted the MPA plus forestry experience. An ecology program manager job wanted the MPA plus ecology experience and/or related BA. I was thinking I could get this degree, and then be able to choose across a wide swath of potential jobs. However from what I have seen, I'm wondering if a MPA is more of a tool for people already working in that field to break whatever glass ceiling they might be facing and enter management. I'm not saying I am no longer interested in the MPA program, but I would like to make sure I have realistic expectations on what an MPA without industry experience would do for my marketability. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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