Student Experience


MPA@UNC classes are hosted live online each week using interactive video-conferencing technology. Students meet face-to-face with renowned professors and accomplished peers in a collaborative environment that brings every student to the front of the class. Request Information.

Small Classes
Classes are held to 15 students or less
Cutting-Edge Tools
Live video, break-out rooms, and recorded sessions
Top UNC Faculty
Classes designed and hosted by School of Government faculty


Throughout each week, students complete coursework designed to build upon their leadership skills. Coursework consists of dynamic videos, interactive content, and multimedia assignments that can be completed at the student's own pace. Using the MPA@UNC mobile application, students can even download coursework and complete it from anywhere without an Internet connection. Learn more about the MPA@UNC curriculum.


During their time in the program, students complete a practical work experience in a hands-on public service environment. Students share and discuss these diverse experiences during weekly class sessions and apply the skills they have learned in class directly to their real-world, day-to-day work settings.

Learn more about the Professional Work Experience and Portfolio.


The relationships developed in an MPA program are often as valuable as the skills acquired. MPA@UNC's interactive format is designed to help students connect with accomplished peers and forge lifelong professional connections. Along with the collaborative class structure, students have access to social groups, networking events, and University resources. Request Information.

"My classmates represent a diverse group with unique interests but all very passionate about public administration. With all the experiences they bring to the classroom, it feels like you have more than one teacher."

— Kiia Owens | Department of Social Services, Durham County, NC


MPA@UNC is here to help from first contact all the way through graduation and beyond. From application assistance to enrollment and technical support, one-on-one guidance to lifelong alumni resources, we make it our mission to provide our Tar Heel Family with the support they need to succeed. See how we support our students.

"The one thing that I’d say surprised me is the faculty’s level of commitment. If you’re going to commit to a graduate degree, you want to feel valued, and I definitely feel like a Tar Heel."

— Mike Silver | MPA@UNC Student


WeWork is a global community of workspaces with more than 240 locations worldwide. As an MPA@UNC student, you are granted a WeWork membership. Your membership includes access to any location, where you can use alternative workspaces to study, attend class, and collaborate with other local students in your program. At each location, you will have access to all WeWork amenities—including Wi-Fi, work stations, printing and copying, lounges and kitchens, and private phone booths.

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