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Master of Public Administration Employment Trends

The following data and information are based on employment surveys and research of Maxwell M.P.A. graduates conducted six months after graduation.

M.P.A. Class of 2022 Employment Placements

Ninety-two percent of the 138 students who graduated from the M.P.A. program in 2022 responded to the survey.  

Employment category Number of students
National or central government in the same country as the program 18
State, provincial or regional government in the same country as the program 10
City, County, or other local government in the same country as the program 15
Government not in the same country as the program (all levels) or international quasi-governmental 1
Nonprofit domestic-oriented 26
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented 5
Private Sector - Research/Consulting 27
Private Sector but not research/consulting 18
Obtaining further education 3
Military Service 2
Unemployed (not seeking employment) 1
Unemployed (seeking employment) 1
Status Unknown 11


Graduation Rates

The table below shows the graduation rates for the M.P.A. class of 2018.

Graduated in 2 YearsGraduated in 3 YearsGraduated in 4 YearsCohort Graduation Rate
Graduated in 2 Years
Graduated in 3 Years
Graduated in 4 Years
Total Students Graduated

M.P.A. Representative Employers

Private Sector

  • Behavioral Insights Team
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Grant Thornton
  • S&P Global
  • Techstars

Nonprofit, Domestic

  • American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota
  • California Policy Lab
  • Carter Center
  • Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Second Harvest Heartland

State or Local Government

  • Arizona Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning/Budgeting
  • California Department of Public Health
  • City of Syracuse
  • Maryland Department of Budget and Management
  • New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities 
  • New York State Senate
  • Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
  • Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau

Federal Government

  • Defense Finance Accounting Service
  • U.S. Military Branches: Army, Coast Guard, Air Force
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Government Accounting Office


  • Monroe County District Attorney’s Office
  • New York Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Vera Institute of Justice


  • Amsterdam City Government
  • United Nations
  • World Bank
  • Asian Development Bank

M.P.A. Representative Job Titles

  • Accounting, Budgeting and Finance
    • Budget Analyst, Economist Finance and Policy Analyst
  • Advocacy and Organizing
    • Advocacy Manager, Campaign Manager, Community Development and Outreach Associate, Child Hunger Program Specialist
  • Diplomacy
    • Diplomat, Foreign Service Officer
  • Evaluation and Research
    • Data Analyst, Housing Policy Analyst, Research Analyst, Transportation Analyst
  • Fellowships
    • Excelsior Fellow (New York State), Leadership Fellow, Management Fellow, Policy Fellow
  • Foundations and Fundraising
    • Foundation Relations Officer; Manager, Grants and Evaluation
  • Health
    • Health Systems Specialist; Public Health Program Coordinator, Climate Change
  • Legal
    • Assistant District Attorney, Supreme Court Law Clerk
  • Organizational Administration
    • Project Manager, Operations Manager, Management Operations Analyst, Master of Cybersecurity
  • Politica
    • Policy Advisor, Environment and Climate Change; Political Coordinator

Master of Arts in International Relations Employment Trends

Maxwell's M.A. in international relations prepares leaders, problem solvers and changemakers to work with diverse people and groups representing a range of backgrounds and interests. Most graduates work in the international arena abroad or in domestic organizations with a global reach.

The following data and information are based on information gathered about our alumni six months after their graduation.

M.A. (IR) Class of 2022 Employment Placements

Maxwell’s Palmer Career Center sends out employment surveys to our M.A. (IR) graduates six months after graduation. Eighty-two percent of the students who graduated from the M.A. (IR) program in 2022 responded to the survey. 

M.A. (IR) Representative Employers


  • AT&T
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Just Results
  • Miller & Meier Consulting

International Nonprofit/NGO or Government

  • European Central Bank
  • Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • The World Bank
  • World Wildlife Fund

Domestic Nonprofit

  • Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED)
  • Business Executives for National Security
  • UNITY for the Homeless
  • InterFaith Works of CNY

Domestic Nonprofit

  • Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED)
  • Business Executives for National Security
  • UNITY for the Homeless
  • InterFaith Works of CNY

Federal Government

  • Library of Congress
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Treasury Department

State or Local Government

  • Cherokee Nation Businesses
  • Harris County Public Health

M.A. (IR) Representative Titles

  • Anti-Money Laundering Analyst
  • Assistant Director of Digital Communications
  • Data Analyst
  • Data Information Specialist
  • Emergency Food Aid Coordinator
  • Gender and Research Analyst
  • Program Associate
  • Program Services Coordinator
  • Project Manager
  • Research Director Research Analyst
  • Senior Consultant

Graduate Professional Salary Trends

According to the salary information provided by employers, starting salary paid to new graduates working in nonprofit organizations, state and local governments, federal government agencies, international NGOs or private consulting firms ranges anywhere from $40,000 to $85,000 in ascending order, respectively.

Since our graduate professional programs specifically look for applicants with a public service orientation, most of our students expect to graduate and begin their careers in one of the above professions. That said, our M.P.A. and M.A. (IR) programs include strong analytical, managerial and financial preparation, readying our graduates to move across sectors over the course of their careers. Many have gone on to serve the public good in financially lucrative private businesses including health care, financial services, disaster management, infrastructure/development, defense technologies, transportation and other fields.

Ultimately, students should pick a degree and a program based on the type of work they want to do and how well that program prepares them to be successful in both the short term and the long term. With typical placement rates between 95% - 100%, the Maxwell School’s professional graduate programs are a great fit for those who aspire to work in fields with a public service orientation.


Howard and Louise Phanstiel

A Career of Service Across Sectors

I was afforded incredible responsibility and accountability as a young professional [working in state budge offices] to provide leadership in finding operational efficiencies, in establishing spending and revenue priorities, and in developing new policy...Budgeting was a great experience that helped me hone financial, communication, negotiation and analytical skills, which served me well through my entire career.”

Howard “Howie” Phanstiel ’70 (PSc), ’71 (M.P.A.)

former president, CEO and chairman, PacifiCare Health Systems; Syracuse University Life Trustee

Read more about Howie’s career trajectory and advice to 2017 Maxwell M.P.A. graduates

Palmer Career Center
202 Maxwell Hall