Student Life Overview

MPA@UNC attracts students from all over the world looking to advance their careers and gain the skills they need to become leaders in public service.

Improve Your Career—Don't Put It on Hold

Classes are hosted through a live, face-to-face, online virtual classroom, ensuring that you have the opportunity to earn your MPA without having to relocate. Along with the live class sessions, all coursework is posted online.

MPA@UNC classes feature a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio, allowing you to build personal, beyond-the-classroom relationships with our nationally recognized faculty and your accomplished peers.

Create a Strong Professional Network

Being a part of this program, I definitely feel like a Tar Heel. We really are a part of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and that is certainly a good brand to be affiliated with.

– Mike Silver, MPA@UNC Student

Take the Next Step

Advance your career in public administration by earning an MPA degree online from UNC.
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Through the MPA@UNC online classroom, you have a unique chance to forge relationships with other aspiring public leaders from a wide range of locations and professional backgrounds. Building a large peer network will give you access to a wealth of experience that you can apply to your professional life and use to enrich your career.

As an MPA graduate of the UNC School of Government, you will enter into a highly engaged 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. The School's online MPA graduates have gone on to hold positions of influence and impact, such as senior advisors to elected officials, managers of municipal and county governments, directors of government and nonprofit agencies, and CEOs of private businesses.

MPA@UNC Class Profile

MPA@UNC students are successful, well-rounded, experienced professionals from a variety of backgrounds.

States Represented
Average Age
Age Range
45% Male
55% Female
Adv. Degrees
U.S. Minority
6 yrs.
Avg. Work Experience

The information above reflects enrolled students as of April 16, 2019.

Get Involved: Student Organizations

UNC-Chapel Hill hosts a number of thriving student organizations that welcome our online students. Your participation in the groups listed below can open the door to new learning experiences, valuable professional connections, and lasting friendships. 

Discover Carolina Athletics

Home to the legendary Tar Heels basketball team, UNC-Chapel Hill produces some of the top athletes and teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference and the NCAA. Our varsity teams compete in 13 men's and 15 women's sports, including football, baseball, softball, and golf. Put on your “Carolina Blue” and become part of the Tar Heel family. You can check scores and game schedules at GoHeels and Scout.

Stay Connected to the University Community

Get the latest UNC-Chapel Hill news, announcements, and stories by visiting the UNC News website regularly.