A Graduate Degree for Public Service Leaders

Photo: Marchell Adams-David, Class of ’92; City Manager of Raleigh, NC

Invest in your future by earning a Master of Public Administration degree from a top-ranked program – either on-campus or online.

Learn more about how an MPA from UNC-Chapel Hill can put you on the path to success.

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“This is work with meaning. Making your community better and helping your fellow citizens is at the heart of public service.”

Tyler Thomas MPA ’11

UNC MPA is ranked among the nation’s top 20 public affairs schools by U.S. News & World Report.

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Classroom to Career

Our faculty bring practical application to the classroom, equipping students with the skills they need to become transformative public service leaders.

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On-Campus or Online

Choose the format that suits your schedule, with both formats offering the same rigorous curriculum delivered by our renowned faculty scholars.

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Why An MPA Degree?

An MPA is a broad and versatile leadership degree leading to meaningful careers in a variety of settings. Learn more about how it compares to other graduate degrees.

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Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

UNC MPA strongly supports the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion and affirms the importance of instilling these values in the next generation of public service leaders. Learn more about what we’re doing to incorporate these principles into all aspects of our program.

Upcoming Events

March 22, 2023

Connect with our community of distinguished leaders dedicated to service.  MPA alumni, current…


February 14, 2023

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MPA Matters Blog

March 07, 2023

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