Degree Requirements

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.