Local Government

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government has historically placed an emphasis on local government, connecting students with real-world practitioners who are tackling the issues that today's governments are facing. As part of the MPA@UNC program, the local government area of focus will help you develop the advanced skills and knowledge base to build and improve local communities and make a clear impact on members' quality of life.

What Can I Do in Government Management With an MPA Degree?

Local government administration offers a wealth of exciting and rewarding career possibilities across a range of disciplines. No matter where you are on your professional path, the MPA@UNC's government management concentration can help you build valuable competencies and leadership capabilities and grow your existing career in:


The local government area of focus is designed to provide you with a strong foundation in environmental, economic, and community development as well as practical skills related to policy implementation and evaluation. You will explore topics such as ethics, organization development, intergovernmental relations, and budgeting concepts and techniques. Coursework also examines current trends in environmental policy and administration.

Students who want to tailor the online MPA to the Local Government concentration must at least 9 credits from the listing of electives below, or other elective courses as approved by your Academic Advisor:

  • City and County Management
  • Productivity in Local Government
  • Navigating Nonprofit-Local Government Relations in Organizations
  • Government and Nonprofit Accounting and Reporting