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

February 07, 2024

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

December 06, 2023

This December the UNC MPA program will be welcoming 17 new graduates into our alumni community….

October 23, 2023

This Fall we welcomed 29 new students into the online format of our MPA.  They come from different…

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

February 19, 2024

Andrew Stephen Wright is a current 1st year student in the MPA program at Chapel Hill.  Born and…

February 05, 2024

Tell us about yourself, and what are your motivations for getting your MPA at UNC? My name…

November 30, 2023

This post was written by 1st year student Julia Egger. Making the decision to attend graduate…