MPA - Employment Statistics

MPA graduates find employment in a variety of fields. Sample jobs obtained by graduates include Section 8 housing coordinator for the Grand Rapids Housing Commission, Contract Administrator for the City of Grand Rapids, Academic Advisor for GVSU, Clinical Manager at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Development Coordinator at Kids' Food Basket, Human Resource Generalist at Cascade Engineering. 

Employment Statistics, 2019-20 Graduates:

  • State/Provincial/Regional government: 1
  • City/county government: 6
  • Nonprofit, Domestic: 11
  • Nonprofit, NGO: 1
  • Private sector, research/consulting: 1
  • Private sector, not research oriented: 6
  • Pursuing further education: 1
  • Unknown: 2

Total: 29

Employment Statistics, 2018-19 Graduates:

  • Private sector, research/consulting: 2
  • Private sector, not research oriented: 7
  • Nonprofit, Domestic: 14
  • City/county government: 10
  • Unknown: 5

Total: 38

Employment Statistics, 2017-18 Graduates:

  • State/Provincial/Regional government: 1
  • Private sector, research/consulting: 1
  • Private sector, not research oriented: 10
  • Nonprofit, NGO: 1
  • Nonprofit, Domestic: 18
  • City/county government: 7
  • Unknown: 1

Total: 39

Employment Statistics, 2016-2017 Graduates:

  • State/Provincial/Regional government: 2
  • Pursuing further education: 1
  • Private sector, not research oriented: 13
  • Nonprofit, NGO: 2
  • Nonprofit, Domestic:  22
  • City/county government: 7
  • Non-US Government: 1
  • Unemployed / Not seeking employment: 1
  • Unknown: 5

Total: 54

Employment Statistics, 2015-2016 Graduates

  • State/Provincial/Regional government: 4
  • Pursuing further education: 1
  • Private sector, research-oriented: 1
  • Private sector, not research oriented: 6
  • Nonprofit, NGO: 2
  • Nonprofit, Domestic:  29
  • International quasi-governmental: 1
  • National government: 1
  • City/county government: 15
  • Unknown: 7

Total: 67

Employment Statistics, 2014-2015 Graduates

  • National or Central domestic government: 2
  • State, provincial, or regional government (USA): 2
  • City, county, or other local government: 4
  • Government (all levels) or international quasi-governmental: 0
  • Nonprofit, domestic-oriented: 49
  • Nonprofit/NGOs, Internationally oriented: 3
  • Private sector - Research or Consulting: 1
  • Private sector - Not Research or Consulting: 5
  • Unemployed, seeking employment: 3
  • Status Unknown: 6

Total: 75

Employment Statistics by sector, 2010-2014

  • National or Central domestic government: 9
  • State, provincial, or regional government (USA): 12
  • City, county, or other local government: 41
  • Government (all levels) or international quasi-governmental: 1
  • Nonprofit, domestic-oriented: 254
  • Nonprofit/NGOs, Internationally oriented: 15
  • Private sector - Research or Consulting: 6
  • Private sector - Not Research or Consulting: 60
  • Obtaining further education: 10
  • Unemployed, seeking employment: 21
  • Status Unknown: 47

Total graduates, 2011-2015: 476

Please see the following for more information on job prospects :

 

Simeon Switzer

Simeon John-Armando Switzer received his Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Grand Valley State University in 2013, and received his Master of Public Administration with an emphasis on Public Management in 2015.  Simeon is a veteran of the Michigan Army National Guard, with a deployment to Ramadi, Iraq in 2008 with an Infantry Unit and a deployment to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2011 with a Military Police Unit. Simeon works as a claims specialist for the Social Security Administration. 

Autumn Hubbard

Autumn Hubbard received her Master of Public Administration degree with a focus on Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Grand Valley State University in 2015. She is currently employed as the Annual Fund Manager of the Grand Rapids Civic Theater. Autumn also serves locally on the board for the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Grand Rapids as well as the GVSU School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration Alumni Board.