A Wide Range of Careers

Graduates of the program enter or return to a wide range of careers for which the MA is increasingly the entry-level degree. Such careers include community organizing, contract research, business consulting, teaching, counseling, publishing, health care, government service, public affairs, non-profit administration, arts and museum curation. In addition to our in-house Career Services, we offer a national network of MAPSS alumni, in concert with the University’s graduate student affairs division known as UChicagoGRAD and our Alumni Relations and Development team to enthusiastically assist current students in identifying career possibilities and securing challenging positions.

One of the greatest benefits to interdisciplinary study is the ability to customize learning and possible career trajectories based on the interests of the individual. For that very reason, there is great diversity in the types of positions, organizations, and industries where MAPSS graduates have accepted offers.  A few of these industries include: 

  • Non-Profit Research and Research Administration 

  • Creative Industries, Law, and Other Professional Services 

  • Management and Educational Consulting 

  • Non-Profit Sector 

  • For-Profit Research / Market Research 

  • Museums 

  • Journalism and Writing 

  • Government and International Non-Governmental Organizations 

  • Healthcare and Energy Sectors 

  • Public Policy / Advocacy / Think Tanks 

  • Secondary Teaching 

  • University Teaching 

  • Secondary and Higher Education Administration

  • Startup Companies  

For a more detailed list of a sampling of organizations that have hired MAPSS graduates in the past, please click here.