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Employment by Sector

The 2020 employment statistics provide a picture of where our public administration and international affairs graduate students have been hired upon completion of their degrees. These statistics represent job placement and further education of graduates between August 2019 and December 2020.

Master of Public Administration Employment Trends

Maxwell’s Palmer Career Center sends out employment surveys to our M.P.A. graduates six months after graduation. Of the students who graduated from the M.P.A. program in 2020, information was collected on 78% of the class.

2020 Representative Job Titles

  • Advocacy Manager
  • Budget Analyst
  • Campaign Manager
  • Community Development and Outreach Associate
  • Data Analyst
  • Economist
  • Finance and Policy Analyst
  • Health Systems Specialist
  • Master of Cybersecurity
  • Policy Fellow
  • Program and Research Associate
  • Public Sector Associate
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Assistant
  • Senior Consultant
  • Transportation Analyst

2020 Representative Employers

Private Sector
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Deloitte Consulting
  • Grant Thornton
  • Techstars
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • The Research Foundation of SUNY
  • Vera Institute of Justice
Federal Government
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Forest Service
Local Government
  • Arizona Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning/Budgeting
  • California Department Public Health
  • Maryland Department of Budget and Management
  • New York State Department of Health
  • Asian Development Bank
  • United Nations
NonProfit domestic
  • American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota
  • Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford


Master of Arts in International Relations Employment Trends

Maxwell’s Palmer Career Center sends out employment surveys to our M.A. (IR) graduates six months after graduation.  Of the students who graduated from the M.A. (IR) program in 2020, information was collected on 78% of the class.

2020 Representative Job 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

2020 Representative Employers

  • AT&T
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Just Results
  • Miller & Meier Consulting
Federal Government
  • Library of Congress
  • U.S. Air Force
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Treasury Department
Local Government
  • Cherokee Nation Businesses
  • Harris County Public Health
International Non-Profit/NGO
  • European Central Bank
  • Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • The World Bank
  • World Wildlife Fund
  • Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project (ACLED)
  • Business Executives for National Security
  • UNITY for the Homeless
  • InterFaith Works of CNY

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