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.

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 >

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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.



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

Nonprofit Professionals

Nonprofit Professionals

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

Military Personnel

Military Personnel

Learn the skills needed to advance in the ranks or transfer to civilian life.

Admissions Overview

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

Who are MPA students?


MPA@UNC students have a wide variety of backgrounds and career goals, but are united by a common commitment to leadershp and public service. Learn more about our students.