The UNC School of Government has historically placed an emphasis on local government, connecting students with real-world practitioners who are tackling the issues that today’s governments are facing.
As part of the MPA program, the local government concentration will help students develop the advanced skills and knowledge to build and improve local communities and make a clear impact on residents’ quality of life.
Local government administration offers a wealth of exciting and rewarding career possibilities across a range of disciplines. No matter where students are on their professional path, the MPA program’s local government management concentration can help build valuable competencies and leadership capabilities for careers in the following areas:
The local government concentration is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in environmental, economic, and community development along with practical skills related to policy implementation and evaluation. Students will explore ethics, organization development, intergovernmental relations, and budgeting concepts and techniques.
Students who want to pursue a concentration in local government must complete at least nine credit hours from the list below (one of which must be PUBA 738 or PUBA 751). Both PUBA 738 and PUBA 751 are strongly encouraged. Other courses discussed and approved by the faculty advisor may be included.