We are seeking individuals who have a passion for public service and the desire to be a leader.

No public service experience required. Whether you are just getting started or seeking to advance your career, a Master of Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill provides the skills and tools necessary to reach your goals.

“If you truly want to be a public servant and make a positive change, an MPA will give you the know-how to lead not just effectively, but ethically and equitably too.”

Adrienne Augustus ‘UNC MPA Alumni

One Program, Two Formats.

There are two convenient ways to earn your UNC MPA. We offer a full-time two-year format for on-campus students, while the online format is available for full- or part-time students. Scholarships are available both on-campus and online students.

Start Term

Fall 2025

Application Due

Coming Soon!

Start Your On-Campus Application

See How to Apply

Start Term

Fall 2024

Application Due

May 15th (Priortity Deadline May 1st)

Start Your Online Application

See How to Apply

Degree Requirements

0 Hours of Coursework
  • Includes 15 Elective Hours
  • A Professional Work Experience
  • Submission of Applied Research Problem (Thesis Substitute)
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Tailor your UNC MPA experience to a specific discipline within public administration by choosing a concentration for your degree. Our students are not required to choose a concentration area, but those who do must complete at least nine credit hours from the list of elective courses provided for that area. Concentrations include Local Government, Nonprofit Management, Public Management, International Relations, Public Health, Community and Economic Development, and Public Policy.

Learn More About Each Of These Concentrations

Upcoming Admissions Events

June 12, 2024

Register for this event if you are interested in learning more about the MPA program at UNC.  This…

May 13, 2024

This event is open to anyone exploring the MPA degree – either online or on-campus format. The…

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April 17, 2024

Join Director of Admissions, Cara Robinson and County Attorney for Stafford County, Virginia/UNC…

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Recent Blog Posts

May 06, 2024

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

February 19, 2024

Andrew Stephen Wright is a current first-year student in the UNC MPA program. Born and raised in…