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 focus area can help you build valuable competencies and leadership capabilities and grow your existing career in:
- Budget and fiscal management
- City/county management
- Law enforcement
- Parks and recreation management
- Public affairs and communications
- Transportation management
- Urban planning
- Utilities management
- Waste management
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 would like to tailor the program to the Local Government focus area must complete three courses from the recommended electives below:
- City and County Management
- Productivity in Local Government
- Navigating Nonprofit-Local Government Relations in Organizations
- Government and Nonprofit Accounting and Reporting
The faculty advisor for the local government focus area is David Ammons. Ammons' areas of expertise include public administration, productivity improvement in local government, performance measurement, and benchmarking.