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Employer Resources

Recruit MPAs

Public entities, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and other businesses are welcome to recruit our students for part-time or full-time employment. In addition, the majority of the public administration classes are held at night, allowing for flexibility in work schedules for both full- and part-time students.

A Reputation of Public Service Excellence

Through our 45-hour degree MPA program, our students are trained in a variety of critical public management and public policy competency areas, including the ability to lead and manage in public governance and the ability to communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry. Now in its 43rd year, the MPA program is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and was ranked ninth in the nation among public colleges and universities by Eduniversal.  

Specifically, MPA students are expected to become proficient in a variety of key subject matter areas related to public management and public policy, including applied statistical analysis, organizational behavior and analysis, human resource management, decision making, and public budgeting and financial management. In addition, our pre-service students obtain valuable experience in public sector employment through the department’s internship course.

When rated by employers, students in the LSU MPA program received an overall 95% satisfaction rating based on their ability to:​

  • Analyze and synthesize information
  • Display interest in the mission and functions of the organization
  • Interact with other employees and citizens served
  • Contribute to the policy process of the organization
  • Demonstrate management abilities in public governance

Summer Practicum/Internship Credit

The Department of Public Administration offers students three credit hours of coursework for completing either the Practicum (in-service) or Internship (pre-service) course. For employers who are looking to employ graduate students on a part-time basis, this is an excellent opportunity to bring in employees with new perspectives who also have public management knowledge and understanding. Additionally, students are able to earn compensation while earning this credit.

Post opportunities with Handshake 

Employers may use Handshake, a unique and efficient tool administered by the LSU Olinde Career Center. Employers are able to make listings available to LSU MPA students, students with disciplines in public policy and political science, or LSU students as a whole.

Employment Statistics

Upon graduating, 83 percent of students in our May 2016 class had employment in a government-related field.

Out of every 10 students who were already employed, 8.5 attributed their MPA to gaining a promotion and/or salary increase.

Sector Percent Employed
U.S. Federal Government 3.8%
State Government 42.8%
Local Government 7.6%
Nonprofit 19.2%
Private Sector (Research/Consulting) 3.8%
Private Sector (Non Research/Consulting) 11.5%
Obtaining further Education 3.8%



“LSU continues to offer an excellent graduate education in public administration and public policy.”

Roy Heidelberg
Interim Department Chair
LSU Department of Public Administration