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Benefits of Pursuing a MPA Degree Online for Military Servicemembers


By University Alliance
MPA for Military Service Members

If you’re thinking about your post-military career choices, it’s time to start planning how you’ll obtain the education you’ll need to help you pursue them. If you’re looking for a career where you can serve your community as you served your country, you may want to consider the field of public administration.               

You can begin preparing for a public administration career while you’re still in the military. Online learning makes it easy and convenient to pursue higher education, no matter where you are or what your schedule demands.

Why Should Military Servicemembers Consider Online Learning?

Active military personnel have rigorous schedules that can make it difficult to attend on-campus classes. Additionally, deployments and frequent travel can make traditional college impossible.

Earning an advanced degree through online education while you’re still in the military makes good sense. If you are thinking about pursuing an education online, here are a few things to consider.

  1. Online courses and degree programs are designed for working professionals, active duty military and others who need flexibility in their class schedules
  2. Coursework will not be interrupted if you are transferred
  3. You can access lectures, take tests and submit required coursework 24/7
  4. Transitioning to civilian life can be easier with an advanced degree in hand
  5. You can probably take advantage of government financial assistance, such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, to pay for your education

Online learning allows you to further your education while meeting your military service obligations. You can study and attend classes as your schedule allows, and courses are often taught by the same professors who teach them on campus. Students study the same curriculum and earn the same degree as their on-campus peers. These are the main reasons why thousands of military servicemembers earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees each year through online education.

The Advantages of a MPA Degree

By earning an MPA degree, you could qualify for a number of public administration jobs. You might launch a rewarding career as a civil servant in a local, state or federal government agency. Some positions to explore include auditor, labor relations specialist or city manager. Or, you might find your place working for a nonprofit organization that shares your values and gives you the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of others.

Whether public or private sector, many prominent jobs in this field require the advanced skills and knowledge that come with earning a master’s degree in public administration. With its specialized coursework, such as financial management, leadership ethics, strategic planning and public personnel management, the MPA degree is perfectly suited to a career in public administration.

Prominent Jobs You Could Qualify For With a MPA Degree

With an advanced degree, you will have earned the credentials to compete for some of the top public administration jobs, including:

  • Human Resources Director: A human resources (HR) director is responsible for planning human resource activities for an organization, such as recruiting and hiring employees, posting job openings, administering benefits plans, training personnel, and resolving conflicts between employees, supervisory staff and management. HR directors work in both the public and private sectors.
  • Public Relations Consultant: Along with writing press releases and managing news conferences, public relations (PR) consultants create events to promote an organization in the public arena. They also provide strategic recommendations relating to the community and media.
  • Public Affairs Director: An organization’s public affairs director oversees programs that enhance its image. Whether employed by a government agency, nonprofit organization or non-governmental organization, a public affairs director is responsible for maintaining relationships with the media and the public. They may write speeches, evaluate promotional campaigns and manage public events.
  • Economic Development Director: These professionals manage programs that promote a municipality or region to advance economic growth. Economic development directors create and implement economic development plans, manage relationships between local governments and businesses and work to attract new businesses to the area.

Earn Your MPA and Enjoy a Rewarding Post-Military Career

Transitioning to civilian life presents many opportunities for career growth. Earning your MPA while still in the military will position you to qualify for a wider variety of public administration positions. Explore the educational opportunities available for you and the requirements needed to start furthing your education.

Category: Public Administration