UNC School of Government

The UNC MPA program is housed within the School of Government, founded in 1931. It is the largest university-based local government training, advisory, and research organization in the United States. The program’s affiliation with the School of Government allows students to work directly with expert faculty who educate and consult with local and state officials daily throughout North Carolina and beyond. Faculty members bring that experience back into the classroom, where students gain experience grappling with many of the same complex and interdisciplinary challenges they will face in their public service careers. 

UNC-Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina opened its doors in 1795, becoming the first public university in the United States. Today, it is widely acclaimed as one of the best, ranked #5 among the top public universities by U.S. News & World Report. UNC-Chapel Hill is also highly ranked in academic quality, affordability, diversity, engagement, and international presence. 

Carolina offers bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees in a wide variety of academic areas in addition to public administration, including business, dentistry, education, law, medicine, nursing, public health, and social work. The 729-acre central campus is frequently cited as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation, with towering oak trees, brick sidewalks, majestic quadrangles, and historic buildings. Learn more at the UNC Visitors Center.

Town of Chapel Hill 

Frequently named one of the best places to live in the United States, Chapel Hill offers a rich blend of culture, entertainment, recreation, and fine dining, not to mention some of the best college basketball action in the country. 

Research Triangle

Known for its culture of innovation and growth, highly educated workforce, and robust job market, the Research Triangle is made up of the cities of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. The Triangle area offers all of the culture and amenities of a big city but with the safety and affordability that contribute to a high quality of life. The area is home to hundreds of businesses that are changing the world in the areas of finance, technology, life sciences, healthcare, and education. For these reasons, it is not surprising that many of our graduates decide to stay in the Triangle after graduation


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