Master of Public Affairs (MPA)
Accredited UNCG Graduate Program

325 Curry Building
Dr. Ruth DeHoog, MPA Program Director

The Political Science Department offers the Master of Public Affairs degree as preparation for professional positions in public service. Students may enroll in the program on a flexible part-time or full-time schedule as classes are held in the evenings and on Saturdays to allow students to work on internships and full-time jobs. Several types of financial assistance are offered by the department, including graduate assistantships (with tuition waivers), scholarships, and a fellowship.

The program provides advanced training for work in several types of public service positions:

  • Local, state, and federal agencies
  • Private non-profit agencies and voluntary organizations
  • Public affairs offices in private businesses
  • Legislative staff positions
  • Consulting firms and contract agencies

The UNCG MPA program is the only MPA program in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad that is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration. The program was started in 1976, and has been accredited since 1993. Our students come from a wide variety of majors and backgrounds and go into many types of public service positions upon graduation. See our Student Profiles, Alumni ProfilesInternships, and Graduate Jobs sections. Our graduates now number over 500, and they have found meaningful careers in a variety of positions and places, from the Piedmont Triad region to overseas.

The Master of Public Affairs degree requires 43 semester hours if an internship is required, and 40 hours if a student has had relevant professional work experience and receives an internship waiver. Full-time students graduate in less than two years, while most part-time students finish in three to four years. Classes are offered on campus in the evenings and on Saturdays. The program's flexibility in scheduling courses, the many networking opportunities, and the variety of students and specializations are viewed by our graduates as significant strengths.

Students may choose to complete a concentration in one of three specializations:

  • Nonprofit Management Concentration,
  • Community and Economic Development Concentration, or
  • Local Government Management Concentration.

An American National Government (PSC 100) or an equivalent from another accredited university or college is a prerequisite for admission. Those who are not ready to apply to the MPA program may seek permission from the graduate director to take some courses as a Visions student. If later accepted into the MPA program, the students may apply up to 9 hours of credit to the degree.

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