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A Top Ranked Public Affairs Graduate Program

Carolina's MPA program is ranked 5th nationally in the specialty area of city management by US News & World Report.

  • #3 Local Government Management
  • #14 Environmental Policy and Management
  • #15 Public Management and Leadership
  • #20 Public Financing and Budgeting
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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.

MPA Matters

A MPA at University of North Carolina blog.

Author: Ashley Kazouh

This week will mark the last week of my full-time intern status at Communities in Schools, but I am not saying goodbye just yet. As a dual degree student I will still be working with the organization to complete the … Continued

Author: fielykm

Well my internship is quickly coming to an end here at Wolf Trap and it is bittersweet to say the least. Coworkers and friends keep asking me “Are you excited to go back to school?” and my response has been … Continued

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Latest News

Posted: Wednesday, 05/30/18

Faculty member Carl Stenberg testified before a congressional task force on intergovernmental relations on May 17, 2018.

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Posted: Wednesday, 05/30/18

Faculty member Willow S. Jacobson analyzes the development of internal human resources policies in her latest publication, The Development of County HR Policies: The Perspectives of Counties in Two States. Alongside Kristina Lambright of Binghamton University, Jacobson conducted interviews with 40 county HR directors from New York and North Carolina. 

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