RESIDENTIAL MPA PROGRAM DUAL DEGREES, GRADUATE MINOR, AND CERTIFICATE

Residential students who choose to pursue dual degrees must be admitted separately to the MPA program and to the companion program. Dual-degree programs have been established with law, planning, information/library science, and social work. Advisors in both degree programs must approve the joint plan.

Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctor

The combined degrees of Master of Public Administration and Juris Doctor (MPA/JD) may be earned by enrollment in the UNC-Chapel Hill Master of Public Administration program and the School of Law. The dual-degree program requires four years of class work, along with a 10-week summer internship. Admission to the MPA Program and the Law School must be gained independently through separate application to each program.

For more information about the UNC Law School, visit http://www.law.unc.edu or call 919.962.5106.

Master of Public Administration and Master of City and Regional Planning

The combined program in public administration and planning at UNC-Chapel Hill provides students two complementary, but complete and distinct, areas of training. The MRP requirements ensure preparation in core planning knowledge and skills. The MPA requirements ensure preparation in core management knowledge and techniques, such as budgeting and public finance, human resource management, and program evaluation.

For more information about City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill, visit http://www.unc.edu/depts/dcrpweb/ or call 919.962.3983.

Master of Public Administration and Master of Social Work

The combined program in public administration and social work is designed to prepare students for public service leadership roles in the human services. The program will ensure that candidates for the dual degree have two complementary, but complete and distinct, areas of professional competence. The MSW requirements ensure mastery of foundation social work knowledge, values and skills. The MPA requirements ensure mastery of core public management knowledge and techniques.

For more information about the UNC School of Social Work, visit http://ssw.unc.edu/ or call 919.962.1225.

Master of Public Administration and Information and Library Science

The MPA/MSIS and MPA/MSLS dual-degree programs are designed to prepare students for the significant information management tasks/issues/policies they will confront in a public sector career. The MPA requirements ensure mastery of core public management knowledge and techniques. The MSIS and MSLS requirements prepare students for a career in the field of information and library science.

For more information about the School of Information and Library Science, visit http://ils.unc.edu/ or call 919.962.8366.

Public Policy Graduate Minor

Students with a special interest in public policy have the option of declaring a public policy concentration within the MPA Program or seeking a Graduate Minor through the Department of Public Policy. Those choosing to declare a public policy concentration will select elective courses offered by the Department of Public Policy and other electives as approved by the Course of Study. Those choosing to pursue a Graduate Minor will take courses prescribed by the Department of Public Policy, primarily within that department.

For more information about the Graduate Minor in Public Policy, visit http://publicpolicy.unc.edu/?q=node/17 or call 919.962.1600.

Nonprofit Leadership Certificate

Most courses offered by the faculty of the MPA Program focus on public administration from a government perspective. Generations of students with nonprofit management aspirations have found the lessons of government enlightening and useful to their own careers. Many have supplemented these lessons with elective courses focusing more specifically on nonprofit management, only a few of which are offered within the MPA program. Other nonprofit elective options available to MPA students are offered by departments at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, and North Carolina State University.

Among the structured options is the Nonprofit Leadership Certificate, which prepares graduate students for leadership roles in North Carolina’s rapidly growing nonprofit sector. The certificate provides an in-depth examination of leadership issues within human services, education, the arts, and other nonprofit organizations. Emphasis is on education and skill building at the executive and policy levels: board development, board-staff relations, nonprofit law, financial management, human resource management, strategic planning, marketing and fundraising, media relations, and advocacy. The Nonprofit leadership Certificate is a campus-wide program that draws upon the expertise of faculty from the University’s schools of business, information and library science, law, public health, social work, and the School of Government, as well as from professionals in the nonprofit community, public agencies, foundations, and business. The certificate is intended primarily for students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at UNC.

For more information about Nonprofit Leadership Certificate, visit http://ssw.unc.edu/programs/other/nonprofit or call 919.962.6455.