The Online MPA from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government
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Discover Our Online MPA
U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program among the top 25 in the nation. Through the online MPA, you can earn the same renowned MPA degree while continuing to work full time from anywhere in the United States.
MPA@UNC is the online format of the MPA program, which is fully accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the accreditor of public affairs and administration master's degree programs in the United States since 1970.
A Master’s Degree for Dedicated Public Service Leaders
Our online MPA will help you build an educational foundation in public administration. You will complete core courses that explore topics such as organization theory, public service leadership, and public administration analysis and evaluation. You will then have the opportunity to choose from a variety of electives to tailor your education to your career goals.
MPA@UNC students graduate fully equipped to serve as effective leaders at government agencies, nonprofits, and other public service organizations around the nation in as few as 18 months.
Public administration is a broad field — which is why our online MPA offers five focus areas to help you tailor your education to your unique career goals. Each focus area includes five electives. You must take at least three courses in the area in which you wish to specialize. Learn more about our distinct offerings:
Our online MPA is designed for professionals who want a top-quality program that works with their busy schedules. Classes are live, face-to-face, and led by our distinguished faculty. Outside of class, you will complete coursework weekly on your own time. Learn more about the virtual student learning environment.
Full Student Support
We are available throughout the program to provide you with any support you might need. This begins with your admissions counselor, who will guide you through the application process, and continues with our faculty and student support teams who offer one-on-one mentoring and professional guidance. Learn more about our dedicated support.
Careers in Public Administration
Explore the variety of public and private sector jobs that you can pursue with an online MPA degree from UNC-Chapel Hill:
The School of Government is renowned for its focus on local government training and can help you succeed in federal, state, or local government agencies.
MPA@UNC's focus on leadership development can help military personnel advance in the ranks or transition to civilian life.
Aspiring nonprofit leaders can build real-world nonprofit management skills through a specialized focus area.
Private sector professionals whose jobs intersect with public agencies can benefit from gaining expertise in policy, partnerships, and regulatory matters.
“The UNC-Chapel Hill brand, along with the quality and the availability of the program, has really been fantastic.” — Joe Pierce MPA@UNC '18