Rankings & Reputation
U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks UNC-Chapel Hill's Master of Public Administration program among the best public administration graduate programs in the nation. As of the latest evaluation in 2012, UNC is ranked sixth in City Management and Urban Policy and 23rd overall among the top programs in the United States.
Public administration programs are ranked based on surveys of deans, directors, and department chairs of peer programs. In 2012, survey participants came from 266 master's in public administration or public affairs programs around the world.
Along with overall rankings, U.S. News & World Report also ranks graduate programs for a range of specializations. UNC-Chapel Hill's Master of Public Administration program is ranked among the best in the nation for City Management and Urban Policy (#6), Environmental Policy and Management (#12), Health Policy and Management (#14), Public-Policy Analysis (#20), and Public Management Administration (#25).
The School of Government is the largest university-based local government teaching, advising, and research organization in the United States, and it is home to several entrepreneurial initiatives, including those focused on information technology and community and economic development.
The mission of the School of Government is to improve the lives of North Carolinians by engaging in practical scholarship that helps public officials and citizens understand and improve state and local government. For more than 80 years, the School has approached its work with consistent values—nonpartisan, policy-neutral, responsive—and has built a legacy of trust with North Carolina's state and local public officials.
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.