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Carolina's MPA program is ranked fifth nationally in the specialty area of city management by US News & World Report.

Our graduates attain leadership positions in every level of government and in organizations that support the public interest. Historically, 65 percent of students have job placements at the time of graduation; 100 percent have jobs six months later.

The program’s rigorous courses instill the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to lead, including core classes on the theory and practice of public management. 

Faculty members are experts in their fields, published in academic journals, authors of textbooks used in other MPA programs, and public professionals.

Carolina MPA attracts students who are looking to become public service leaders—strong administrators and inspirational collaborators who care about making a difference in the communities where they work and live.

Career Success

Career Success


of students received a new job, promotion or salary increase.

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Posted: Tuesday, 03/20/18

The School of Government's Master of Public Administration program is ranked 23rd in the country, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2019 Best Graduate School Rankings. The program has improved two spots since 2017.

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Posted: Tuesday, 02/20/18

Alice Rivlin, former director of the Office Management and Budget and founding director of the Congressional Budget Office, will deliver the 2018 Deil S. Wright Lecture at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, April 6 at the UNC School of Government.  An expert in monetary and fiscal policy, Rivlin currently serves as a senior fellow in Economic Studies and the Center for Health Policy at the Brookings Institution and is a visiting professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown.

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