Carolina MPA Program Ranked Among Best Graduate Schools in the Country

Once again, the Carolina MPA program has ranked among the top 25 programs in the country according to US News and World Report’s 2017 Best Graduate School Rankings. The program's ranking in the public affairs category improved in some of its areas of expertise including city management (5th), public management administration (16th), and public finance and budgeting (17th). The program is also ranked 15th in the area of environmental policy and management.  

Public Service: A Family Affair

Allison Hawkins is a first-year MPA student with a passion for public service. Her father, Transylvania County Commissioner Mike Hawkins, says his committment to service began with the birth of his daughter. They've learned a lot from each other.

Faculty Member Kim Nelson Appointed to Public Administration Review Editorial Board

Faculty member Kimberly Nelson has been appointed to the editorial board for Public Administration Review, a journal dedicated to the theory and practice in public administration. She will serve for a three-year term.

Faculty Member Maureen Berner Blogs About Food Insecurity for Harvard Law and Policy Review

In a blog post for the Harvard Law and Policy Review, faculty member Maureen Berner proposes innovative ideas for reframing food insecurity as an economic development issue. Read more

New MPA Course Bridges Military/Civilian Leadership Divide

MPA student Jon Cheek and his classmates are learning to bridge the military/civilian leadership divide, thanks to a new course taught by faculty member Charles SzypszakRead more

NC Bar Journal Features Carolina MPA Program

Why would an experienced lawyer return to graduate school to study public administration? And why would a city manager need to study law? An article in the NC State Bar Journal explains the important intersection between public law and public administration.

MPA Alumnus Mike Ruffin Took an Unforgettable Trip to Paris

Mike Ruffin '82 and his wife Robbie had finally taken the trip they’d been planning for years: a whirlwind tour of European cities with a final two nights in Paris. On their last night, Friday, November 13, they dined at a neighborhood restaurant, visited the Eiffel Tower, and took a cruise down the Seine River. It was later that night they heard of the terrorist attacks that rocked Paris.


The NC Association of County Commissioners has partnered with MPA@UNC, the online format of the Carolina MPA program, to offer $5,000 fellowships to members interested in pursuing degrees online. Learn more.

MPA@UNC Fellowships Available for NCLM Members

The NC League of Municipalities has partnered with MPA@UNC, the online format of the Carolina MPA program, to offer $5,000 fellowships to members interested in pursuing degrees online. Learn more.

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