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UNC School of Government

The School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill, the home of the MPA program, is the largest university-based local government training, advisory, and research organization in the United States. More than 100 faculty and staff members at the School work with public officials at all levels, as well as employees of nonprofit organizations, to address concerns of the public good. In 2012, US News & World Report ranked the UNC MPA program sixth nationally in the specialty area of city management and 23rd overall.

Quick Facts


MPA@UNC offers students a top-ranked, academically rigorous program

  • Students complete the same curriculum and earn the same degree as students who complete UNC's top-ranked on-campus MPA program.
  • MPA@UNC is part of the UNC School of Government, the largest university-based local government training, advisory, and research organization in the United States.
  • MPA@UNC students are taught by UNC School of Government faculty, who regularly advise public officials at all levels.
  • Students will learn alongside and network with similarly ambitious and outstanding classmates who have met MPA@UNC's selective admissions requirements and have a passion for public service.
  • The MPA program is ranked 23 by U.S. News & World Report (ranked 6 in City Management) and is accredited by NASPAA.
  • MPA@UNC's curriculum emphasizes the practical application of knowledge, rather than theoretical approaches, ensuring graduates excel as leaders in the public space.
  • Students become members of the MPA Tar Heel alumni family from their first day in the program.

MPA@UNC provides maximum flexibility to fit a student's busy life

  • MPA@UNC students have the flexibility to earn their degree whether working full-time, traveling or being stationed anywhere in the world, without the need to relocate.
  • MPA@UNC students are able to take as few as 18 months or up to five years to complete their degree. Most students will complete the program in 20 months.
  • Students no longer need to choose between work obligations and the opportunity to earn an MPA from a top-ranked program.

MPA@UNC offers a dynamic campus and classroom experience online

  • Students interact with their professors and classmates through a cutting-edge and highly interactive learning platform.
  • Weekly, live, online classes are delivered face-to-face by UNC MPA faculty with a maximum of 15 students per class.
  • Students prepare for live class sessions through self-paced, interactive coursework enhanced by high-quality multimedia.
  • MPA@UNC facilitates students' growth through the completion of a portfolio and professional work experience.
  • Camaraderie and collaboration, hallmarks of the UNC MPA program, are enhanced via familiar social networking platforms, face-to-face online video, and other communication tools.

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