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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

This post was written by Stephen Thompson, MPA Current Student In 1986, Lyman Collins was finishing his Master of Public Administration degree from UNC. In 1986, I was but a twinkle in my mother’s eye. In the years that followed Lyman would go on to work in and for the arts at nationally recognized schools …

Author: Stephen Thompson

September 15th is the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, a 30-day period which runs from September to October. If you’re like me, you may have been vaguely aware of this cultural celebration, but relatively uneducated on its history and significance to both Latinx communities and the greater community of the United States. Let me take this moment …