Degree Requirements

MPA@UNC’s curriculum combines core courses, electives, and professional work experience to provide you with the core competencies required of an effective public service leader.

MPA@UNC Curriculum

MPA@UNC is a 44-credit program:

Graduate Coursework

A Flexible Program Structure

MPA@UNC allows you to customize your master’s program to fit your schedule and career interests. The program can be completed in as little as 18 months or as long as five years. Take a look at the sample course schedules below to get a better idea of how your MPA education can be tailored to fit your life.

1.5 Year Schedule 2.5 Year Schedule 5 Year Schedule
Term 1 Term 1 Term 1
• Public Administration Institutions and Values

• Professional Communication

• Public Financial Management
• Public Administration Institutions and Values

• Professional Communications
• Public Administration Institutions and Values

• Professional Communications
Term 2 Term 2 Term 2
• Human Resource Management

• Organization Theory

• Law for Public Administration
• Law for Public Administration

• Public Financial Management
• Organization Theory
Term 3 Term 3 Term 3
• Public Leadership

• Public Administration Analysis and
Evaluation I

• Elective Course
• Public Administration Analysis and
Evaluation I

• Public Leadership
• Law for Public Administration
Term 4 Term 4 Term 4
• Public Administration Analysis and
Evaluation II

• Elective Course

• Elective Course

• Professional Work Experience
• Public Administration Analysis and
Evaluation II

• Human Resource Management
• Public Financial Management
Term 5 Term 5 Term 5
• Elective Course

• Elective Course

• Portfolio
• Organization Theory

• Elective Course
• Public Leadership
Term 6 Term 6
• Elective Course

• Professional Work Experience
• Public Administration Analysis and
Evaluation I
Term 7 Term 7
• Elective Course

• Elective Course
• Public Administration Analysis and
Evaluation II
Term 8 Term 8
• Elective Course

• Portfolio
• Human Resource Management
Term 9
• Elective Course
Term 10
• Professional Work Experience
Term 11
• Elective Course
Term 12
• Elective Course
Term 13
• Elective Course
Term 14
• Elective Course
Term 15
• Elective Course

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