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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
  • #12 Public Management
  • #20 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

This post was written by current student Stephen Thompson. Through this blog I’ve gotten to delve into the Raleigh housing market, tax-exempt status of churches, current legislation, and meet and interview many interesting and inspiring individuals. The throughline through all of those articles is the practice of public administration and civil service. I’m halfway through …

Author: Cara Robinson

This post was written by current student, Stephen Thompson. ———————————————————————————————– “Take me out to the Ball Game” was written by composer Albert Von Tilzer and lyricist Jack Norworth in 1908. With its descriptive lyrics and recognizable melody, it perfectly encapsulates the essence of the baseball experience. You’re probably already humming the song under your breath right now. …

Latest News

Posted: Thursday, 05/12/22

Faculty, staff, family, and friends gathered on May 7, 2022, to celebrate the graduation of the UNC School of Government’s Master of Public Administration students. The event, held in person at the William and Ida Friday Center for the first time since 2019, celebrated the accomplishments of Summer 2021, Fall 2021, and Spring 2022 MPA graduates. Audiences also joined the ceremony remotely via livestream through the University.

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Posted: Tuesday, 03/29/22

UNC-Chapel Hill’s Master of Public Administration program at the School of Government has once again been named one of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” by U.S.

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