UNC MPA students represent a variety of academic backgrounds and interest areas but are united by a desire to improve their communities through a career in public service. Some of our students choose to pursue a public administration degree before entering the workforce, while others seek to advance their career or change fields.

Meet Our Students

Our students are an accomplished and diverse group. Just over half of UNC MPA students are from North Carolina.

Student Life & Voices

Meet some of our students on our Student Voices page. We also invite you to learn more about student life and opportunities for engagement.

Student Life

Student News

April 17, 2024

Dr. Maureen Berner, and UNC MPA student and current physician, Dr. Amro Ilaiwy were published in…

March 22, 2024

by Stephen Wright This year, an MPA student with a record of service and dedication to the…

February 07, 2024

This January the UNC MPA program welcomed 21 new students into the program.   Read about a few…

Students at a Glance

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Tom Bennett

“The cohort experience is memorable. My classmates were some of the best and smartest people I’ve ever met. To be a part of that group is something special.”

– Thomas Bennett MPA ’20

MPA Graduate, Raleigh City Manager

“The greatest value I received from the MPA program was the connection with people, the connection with movers and shakers in government, the connection with people who see government as a proponent versus an opponent.”

– Marchell Adams-David MPA ’92, City Manager, Raleigh, NC

Latest Student Blog Posts

June 07, 2024

My name is Julia Warren and I have just completed my first year in the MPA program at UNC. I went…

May 06, 2024

This post was written by first year student, Julia Warren. My experience this first year was…