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Why Should You Put "MPA" Or "MPP" After Your Name?


Because it will help with your job search and networking. Listing your credential instantly conveys to employers and colleagues that you have a certain skill set and knowledge base.  It also indicates that you have ambition, persistence, academic success, and other desirable abilities.

Listing your degree can lead to conversation about the MPA/MPP and provide a means for networking. Lastly, any feature that makes you stand out in a tight job market will help others remember you. 

How do I do this?
Just add the letters of your degree (MPA, MPP, etc.) after your name, such as: 
    Tania Gonzales, MPP    Jack Johnson, MPA    Martha Cook, MPAff

Where can I add the letters? 
- On your resume and on business cards
- In your email signature
- On your LinkedIn and other online profiles
- In your byline for blog entries
- Whenever you list your name in a professional setting, such as registering for a conference

What if I haven't graduated yet? Can I still add the letters?
Yes!  As long as you indicate the year you are graduating:
   - Danielle Stevens, MPP ‘13    - Steven Quan, MPA Candidate 2014



 

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