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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 Rachel Werz. ———————————————————————————————– My name is Rachel Werz and I’m a North Carolinian, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, and most recently a new mom! I’m in my third year of the online format of the MPA program. After getting my undergraduate degree in International Studies from UNC-Charlotte in 2009, …

Author: Cara Robinson

This post was written by current student Delaney King.   ———————————————————————————————- As the summer has wrapped up and I have headed back to school, I have been thinking about everything I did this summer working for the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The most notable project I worked on this summer is DEQ’s Use the Food …

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Posted: Wednesday, 10/19/22

In 2002, the UNC MPA Alumni Association honored Professor Deil Wright for his 34 years of teaching MPA students by creating the Deil S.

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Posted: Thursday, 09/15/22

Leisha DeHart-Davis is the most recent member of the UNC Master of Public Administration faculty to win national recognition for her scholarship.

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