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About the UNC MPA Program

The Master of Public Administration program at UNC-Chapel Hill is a nationally ranked degree program for either full-time or part-time students. With courses ranging from management, leadership, to public policy analysis and project evaluation, the program educates leaders for local, state, and federal governments and the nonprofit sector.

The Master of Public Administration program is ranked among the top 20 programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report and second in the area of local government management.

The on-campus format offers a full-time, two-year degree and serves approximately 60 students annually. The online format, the online MPA format, offers part-time and full-time options and serves around 200 students annually. The online MPA format combines the flexibility of online education with the best of an on-campus experience through the delivery of live online classes led by UNC faculty, self-paced coursework, and hands-on learning through a professional experience component.

The UNC School of Government’s Master of Public Administration program is accredited by The Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-479-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.