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Student Life at MPA@UNC
“I am all about relationships, and the ones I’ve developed [at Carolina] are so valuable to me. I learned as much from the people as I did from the academic work.”
— Ruth Rivas, Class of 2014
At Carolina, your coursework is just one part of your education. Earning your MPA online from UNC means building the skills you need to advance the public good and discovering your place in our vibrant, global community.
82% Changed jobs or earned a raise, a promotion, or both5
81% Reported being Very Satisfied or Satisfied with their careers6
Stay Connected Through the Online Platform
The online platform enables you to access your coursework, attend live classes, and conduct group work. Classes are small—our student-to-faculty ratio is just 15:1—which means you spend more time working directly with fellow students and our nationally recognized faculty.
Outside of class, you will be able to attend faculty office hours and meetings with classmates. Your coursework is accessible 24/7 via mobile, tablet, or desktop, which means you can complete assignments or arrange meetings at times that accommodate your existing commitments.
Get Involved: Student Organizations and UNC Athletics
We encourage you to explore our thriving network of student organizations. By participating in these groups—some of which are listed below—you open the door to new learning experiences, valuable professional connections, and lasting friendships.
Build Your Network With the Work Experience Practicum
The MPA Professional Work Experience Practicum offers you the chance to apply your knowledge in a professional environment and explore careers in public service. In addition to accruing real-world leadership experience, you also have the chance to expose yourself to a new sector of public service or advance in your preferred public sector. Choose from full- or part-time pacing options:
Full time: 400 hours of public service work | 10 weeks
Part time: 300 hours of public service work | 15 weeks
When you graduate from UNC, you join an alumni network that can help you stay connected with UNC-Chapel Hill, gain access to resources and information throughout your career, and contribute to the education of future students.
UNC MPA graduates have gone on to hold influential public service positions—from senior advisors and elected officials to managers of municipal and county governments to directors of government and nonprofit agencies to CEOs of private businesses.
1 Net Promoter survey results are self-reported from alumni of the 2018 online graduate Master of Public Administration program from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government. Net Promoter Score® measures customer experience and predicts business growth.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference 2 Data represents all students currently enrolled in the program as of April 16, 2019.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference 3 This information includes Hispanic/Latino, black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian or Alaska Native students, as well as two or more races, when one or more are from the preceding racial and ethnic categories.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference 4 According to a 2019 survey of 2018 graduates of the Master’s in Public Administration program from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government. Response rate was 100%.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference 5 According to a 2019 survey of 2018 graduates of the online Master’s in Public Administration program from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government. Response rate was 75%.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference 6 According to a 2019 survey of 2018 graduates of the online Master’s in Public Administration program from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government. Response rate was 75%.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference 7 According to a 2019 survey of 2018 graduates of the Master’s in Public Administration program from the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government.arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference