The Online Master of Public Administration from the University
of North Carolina School of Government

Designed for professionals seeking to advance their careers in public service, UNC’s Master of Public Administration program is consistently ranked among the top 25 public administration programs in the nation. Delivered online, MPA@UNC teaches skills required for leadership roles in federal, state, and local government as well as nonprofit organizations.
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Focus Areas

MPA@UNC students may select a focus area of study to help tailor their degree program to their own unique career goals. Available focus areas include:


Community & Economic Development >
Local Government >
Nonprofit Management >
International Relations >
Public Health >

Earning a master’s degree in public administration opens the doors to a wide range of public service careers. Our graduates hold positions across the spectrum of the public sector, including government service, community management, and the nonprofit sector.

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Gain real-world expertise regarding practical issues facing today’s government.

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Become the leader your organization needs with a Master of Public Administration.

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Learn the skills you need to advance in the ranks or transfer your skills to civilian life.

Admissions Overview


Want to become a member of our talented student body? Learn more about our admissions process, application requirements, and upcoming deadlines.

Experience MPA@UNC

Learn more about this innovative online program directly from those involved.

Career Management

Whether you are looking to advance within your current role or make a switch to another employer, sector, or functional area, Career Services at MPA@UNC offers the tools and resources to help facilitate your career success. Learn more.

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