The mission of the MPA Program is to prepare public service leaders. We track progress towards our mission with a competency-based curriculum. Click here to view the primary and intermediary competencies that are integrated within the program's core courses.
The curriculum, designed to be completed in two years of full-time study for residential students and five semesters for MPA@UNC students, combines three essential components of professional development:
- A minimum of 44 semester hours of credit, consisting of rigorous core classes on the theory and practice of public management and elective courses from selected fields of interest. View a typical residential MPA course schedule and typical MPA@UNC course schedule.
- Students will complete a Professional Work Experience (PWE). The PWE provides students an opportunity to further develop their competencies in public service work environment and to gain actual work experience for career advancement.
- Completion of a portfolio during the final semester of study, including a comprehensive oral exam.
Click here to view a list of MPA courses and descriptions.
Click here for a MPA degree requirement checklist.