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School of Government - Masters of Public Administration

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC


Details at a Glance

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Degrees Offered

Masters of Public Administration

Our Program

Our top-ranked MPA program prepares public service leaders through direct application of theory and practice.

The MPA program, founded in 1943, is housed within the School of Government at UNC Chapel Hill. The School of Government works to improve the lives of North Carolinians and beyond by engaging in practical scholarship that helps public officials and citizens understand and improve state and local government. The School is the largest university based training facility in the country for public officials.

The MPA is offered in two formats - online and on-campus to accommodate learners on a part time basis and learners looking to return to school full time. We offer concentrations in the areas of local government management, public management, nonprofit administration, community and economic development, public health, and international relations.

Our core curriculum is based on leadership competencies which include:

  • To lead, manage, and engage others in public service
  • To apply public service values and ethics
  • To understand social, economic, and political context
  • To effectively communicate
  • To analyze information for decision making
  • To understand law and legal process
  • To manage financial resources
  • To manage human capital


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  • GRE
  • Certified Academic Transcripts
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Application fee waivers and GRE waivers available

Student Body

  • Total Students

    157 Students

Tuition & Financial Aid

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Additional Information

  • Application Fee Waivers Available
  • Almost 100% of our students receive financial assistance through scholarships and assistantships.