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A Top Ranked Public Affairs Graduate Program

The School of Government's MPA program maintains its ranking among the top 20 public affairs schools ranked by U.S. News and World Report.

  • #2 Local Government
  • #13 Public Management
  • #19 Overall in Public Affairs
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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. 

With a 98% job placement rate and 88% job satisfaction rate, our Career Services offer individualized career planning throughout your time in the program.

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.

Author: Cara Robinson

Current MPA student Francesco Tassi writes about his Professional Work Experience this summer.  Francesco is a current student in the oncampus format of the MPA at UNC.  He is originally from Florence, Italy and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. Francesco’s main interest is supporting public organizations that promote the development …

Author: Cara Robinson

Current oncampus student Carly Lappas writes about her PWE this summer with Rural Forward NC, a nonprofit ogranization that works to provide healthier, more sustainable rural communities within NC with an increased capacity to solve their own health problems.  Carly Lappas is from Maine and attended undergrad at Bowdoin College. This post was written by …

Latest News

Posted: Tuesday, 07/20/21

UNC MPA alumna and former School of Government Foundation Board member Elizabeth Biser ‘17 has been appointed Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). Biser took her oath of office on July 1, 2021 in Raleigh.

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Posted: Thursday, 07/08/21

UNC Master of Public Administration alumna Christi Hurt has led a successful career pursuing her passions in women’s issues, anti-violence, and community mobilization.  After completing her undergraduate degree in history with a minor in women’s and gender Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, Hurt pursued her first role after college at the Orange County Rape Crisis Center.

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