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Governing U is an index of public sector management and policy degrees from universities across the country. It provides a single source for browsing offerings from Master of Public Administration (MPA) , the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and the Executive MPA and certificate and other professional programs designed specifically for the education needs of working professionals in public service.



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  • University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
  • 910 Raleigh Rd
  • (919) 962-1000
  • Description

    Master of Public Administration Program
    School of Government, Campus Box 3330

    The Master of Public Administration program at the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill educates leaders for local, state, and federal governments, nonprofit organizations, and organizations that serve the public good. The program attracts individuals who will take on public leadership roles, find innovative as well as pragmatic solutions to urgent challenges, and inspire others to create lasting and positive change in their communities and organizations. The UNC MPA program derives part of its strength from the School of Government’s unique position as the nation’s largest university-based resource for local governments. Each year, faculty members field thousands of inquiries from public officials, consult on government operations and state legislation, and—informed by this ongoing practical engagement—produce publications that advance the field of public administration.

    The UNC Master of Public Administration program also offers an online MPA degree program designed for working professionals and others seeking to advance their careers in public service while retaining the freedom and flexibility to honor their current commitments. MPA@UNC follows the same curriculum as the residential program, and students meet the same admissions criteria. To accommodate students who live in different time zones, the courses include both self-paced material and live sessions held at pre-arranged times.

    Master of Public Policy Program
    Department of Public Policy, Campus Box #3435

    The Department of Public Policy at Carolina at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a strong commitment to public policy education and research, and to engagement with the public to improve policy outcomes. This site provides a gateway to the Department of Public Policy and the new Carolina Institute for Public Policy, and links to other related units. The Department offers a distinctive emphasis on public policy education and research at the undergraduate and doctoral levels. Our undergraduate major includes strong preparation in writing and analysis, personal advising, internship opportunities (including an optional Washington Policy Semester), thesis research experience, and a capstone practicum in which our students develop policy solutions for public agencies and non-profit organizations.  The Ph.D. in Public Policy provides a strong core curriculum in research design and methods, policy economics and institutions, and ethics, and particular strengths in education and child policy, domestic and international social policy, health, aging, immigration, environmental policy, and entrepreneurship and innovation. Our doctoral graduates now hold positions in many leading universities and policy research organizations.



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