The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) degree prepares students for professional positions in public service.

Accredited
UNCG Graduate Program

Since 1976, our graduates have found meaningful careers in these types of organizations:

  • Local, state, and federal government agencies
  • Nonprofit agencies and voluntary associations
  • Legislative staff positions
  • Colleges and universities
  • Consulting firms and contract agencies

The program offers three concentrations, though students are not required to select one of these:

  • Nonprofit Management
  • Community and Economic Development
  • Local Government Management

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, including graduate assistantships (with tuition waivers), scholarships, and a fellowship. 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.

UNCG’s MPA program is the only MPA program in the North Carolina Piedmont Triad accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration. Our students come from a wide variety of majors and backgrounds and go into many types of public service positions.  Our job placement record for the past several years is over 90%. See our Student Profiles, Alumni ProfilesInternships, and Graduate Jobs sections.  

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