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

September 06, 2023

The waning days of August bring new academic terms for students enrolled in both the on-campus…

August 04, 2023

Over the past academic year, UNC MPA piloted the Student Professional Development Grant program….

June 22, 2023

UNC MPA student Melissa Cordell has recently launched the Women in NC Government, available on…

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

September 18, 2023

We love getting to know our students. They are diverse, smart, and representative of why public…

August 14, 2023

Local government isn’t entirely new to me. I started work in local government through an…

July 27, 2023

Through my Professional Work Experience (PWE) with the Town of Holly Springs Office of Budget,…