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A Top Ranked Public Affairs Graduate Program

Carolina's MPA program is ranked 3rd nationally in the specialty area of local government management by US News & World Report.

  • #23 Overall for Public Affairs Graduate Schools
  • #14 Environmental Policy and Management
  • #15 Public Management and Leadership
  • #20 Public Financing and Budgeting
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Our graduates attain leadership positions in every level of government and in organizations that support the public interest. Historically, 65 percent of students have job placements at the time of graduation; 100 percent have jobs six months later.

The program’s rigorous courses instill the knowledge, skills, and competencies required to lead, including core classes on the theory and practice of public management. 

With a 98% job placement rate and 88% job satisfaction rate, our Career Services offer individualized career planning throughout your time in the program.

Carolina MPA attracts students who are looking to become public service leaders—strong administrators and inspirational collaborators who care about making a difference in the communities where they work and live.

MPA Matters

A MPA at University of North Carolina blog.
MPA Matters
Author: Cara Robinson

MPA Professor Leisha DeHart-Davis has been elected as a Fellow of the prestigious National Academy of Public Administration.  Leisha is one of 41 new Fellows elected in 2018 for their exemplary contributions to the field of public administration.  This is a wonderful and well-deserved honor for one of our best.  Come to find out, she …

Author: Cara Robinson

From time to time, we will be featuring alumni and students in our program.  Mostly so you can hear about what people do with an MPA and what gets them ticking with regards to public service and public administration.  Here is our first! Stephanie came into the program passionate about public service and specifically affordable …

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Posted: Thursday, 09/20/18

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Posted: Wednesday, 05/30/18

Faculty member Carl Stenberg testified before a congressional task force on intergovernmental relations on May 17, 2018.

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