Whether graduates of MPA@UNC choose a career in local, state, or federal service; a nonprofit organization; or private industry; there are key competencies taught in the program that form the foundation for effectiveness in public service.
Public Service Values
Accountability and Transparency
Efficiency and Effectiveness
Respect and Equality
Professionalism and Ethical Behavior
MPA Competency List
To lead, manage, and engage others in public service.
Analyze organizations and their environments from multiple perspectives and apply that analysis in assessing alternative courses of action
Evaluate appropriate processes and structures to achieve organizational goals
Diagnose group dynamics and apply insights in building team effectiveness
Understand how to collaborate across boundaries to build strategic relationships to achieve goals
Apply and evaluate project management in practice
Create and critique own personal model of leadership
To apply public service values and ethics.
Identify the legal and ethical implications of social equity and diversity in public service
Analyze public service actions and options in the context of competing public service values
To understand social, economic, and political contexts.
Evaluate the impact of intergovernmental and intersectoral relations
Analyze current situations in light of public administration history and enduring debates
To effectively communicate.
Write clearly, concisely, and unambiguously
Give organized and convincing oral presentations
Listen and think critically
To analyze information for decision making.
Identify, analyze, and evaluate public problems, issues, and choices
Understand basic performance management
Select, apply, critique, and interpret analysis for informing decisions
Identify, collect, manage, and interpret relevant qualitative and quantitative data
Design and conduct appropriate research to evaluate public problems
To understand law and legal process.
Understand constitutional law and other fundamental laws governing public administration and policy
Identify salient legal issues in public decision making and find basic governing law
To manage financial resources.
Apply values and processes for the allocation of resources
Apply values and processes for managing financial liabilities
To manage human capital.
Apply core human resource management functions
Apply theory and research to contemporary human resource management challenges and liabilities