The Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) degrees offer a wide variety of policy & administration career pathways that gives students the opportunity to start a new career, change careers, or advance their career in public service.

Policy & Administration Career Job Sectors

Policy design and administration take place in a variety of government, non-government, and private job sectors, including:

  • Federal, state, and local government
  • International government
  • Non-profit and Not-for-Profit organizations
  • Consulting
  • Environment and agriculture
  • Healthcare
  • Education
  • Business
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Mathew Olson, ’18 MPA

"Choosing the Masters in Public Administration (MPA) program at McGeorge advanced and established a foundation for my professional career. I chose the MPA program because ..."

 Mathew Olson, ’18 MPA,

Career Opportunities

Many graduates find jobs or advance their careers within organizations that are most suitable to their policy interests. Organizations that have employed our alumni include:

Government Organizations

  • California Department of Rehabilitation
  • California Department of Justice
  • California Department of Social Services
  • California State Assembly
  • California State Senate
  • City of Sacramento
  • City of Stockton
  • State Water Resources Control Board

Non-Profit and Not-for-Profit Organizations

  • Adventist Health
  • Physicians for a Healthy California
  • Climate Action Reserve
  • Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Private Organizations

  • The Highlands Consulting Group, LLC
  • WSP Consulting Firm
  • Sjoberg Evashenk Consulting, Inc.
  • Chevron
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Raina Ryan, MPA’20

She chose McGeorge because she has a background in environmental science, and California sets the stage for environmental policy for the nation.

Common Career Paths

McGeorge MPP and MPA graduates are often employed as:

  • Analysts
  • Managers
  • Directors
  • Executives
  • Consultants
  • Policy Advocates

Career Development Opportunities

With our experienced faculty and diverse community of organizations seeking public service interns and externs, students can put learned skills to practice. Recent internship and externship placements include:

  • Mayor Darrell Steinberg’s Office Internship Program
  • State Water Resource Control Board
  • California Department of Finance
  • CalRecycle
  • City of Sacramento
  • Lucas Public Affairs
  • Center for Business and Policy Research
  • Physicians for a Healthy California
  • Valley Vision
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Jeanelle Gottlob, ’19 MPA

"I decided to pursue an MPA with McGeorge because the program stood out from others in that it was embedded within a law school. At the time I made this decision, I was seeking higher education assistance and training to strengthen my abilities to interpret and write policy and regulations for the California Department of Social Services ..."

Jeanelle Gottlob, ’19 MPA

Alumni Network

Our expanding alumni network consists of working professionals who serve in all levels of public service within a variety of organizations. Students have the opportunity to connect and build lasting relationships with our McGeorge family who offer a wide range of employment resources.