Master of Public Affairs

Where Can You Go With UNCG's MPA?

The MPA Program provides assistance for students in their job search.  Advising for MPA students is related to career objectives, and the campus Career Services Center offers resume writing and interviewing assistance. For preservice students, the internship is designed to provide experience relevant to the type of employment desired after graduation. The program circulates the resumes of graduates seeking employment and advises them as they contact potential employers.

The program's placement rate for the 2013-14 graduate cohort of 20 students is 95%, which means that almost all of the graduates reported a job placement within 6 months of graduation. The largest percentage (68%) of graduates found positions in local governments or nonprofit agencies in North Carolina. Others work in federal (VA) or state (UNC-Chapel Hill) organizations or private businesses, while one went on to a PhD program.

Examples of recent preservice (having little prior work experience) placements are:

  • Case Manager, Greensboro Housing Coalition
  • Governmental Affairs Coordinator, Greensboro Partnership
  • Development Director, National Certified Counselors Foundation
  • Budget Analyst, Forsyth County, NC Budget Office
  • Organization Development Specialist, Partners Ending Homelessness of Guilford County
  • Deputy Director, Zoning and Inspections Department, City of Winchester, VA
  • Volunteer Services Coordinator, Adult & Disability Transportation Services of Rockingham County
  • Development Coordinator, National Conference for Community & Justice
  • Communications & Partnerships Manager, UNC Greensboro
  • Research Associate & Special Projects Coordinator, Downtown Greensboro Inc.
  • Director of Service Scholars, Pfeiffer University
  • Income Maintenance Caseworker II - Davidson County Department of Social Services

Below is a sample of the positions of individuals who graduated in the past five years.

Local Government

  • Director, Guilford County Board of Elections
  • Director, Music Center, City of Greensboro
  • Communications Officer, City of High Point
  • Deputy Tax Collector, Forsyth County Assessor's Office
  • Assistant Parks Manager, City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Deparatment
  • Early Voting Director, Guilford County Board of Elections
  • Auditor, Office of the Inspector General, District of Columbia
  • Town Manager, Town of Yadkinville, NC
  • Management Analyst, Forsyth County Budget & Management Office
  • Public Information Officer, City of Burlington, NC
  • Eligibility Case Worker, Guilford County Department of Social Services
  • Finance Director, Town of Kernersville, NC
  • County Property Manager, Forsyth County

State Government

  • Certification Specialist, NC Office of the State Fire Marshall, Western Region
  • Staff Development Specialist, NC FAST, DSS of Rockingham County
  • Special Agent in Charge, NC State Bureau of Investigation
  • Constituent Liaison for the Senate President Pro Tempore, North Carolina General Assembly
  • Program Coordinator, North Carolina Center for Global Logistics

Federal Government

  • Administrator, Veterans Center, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Greensboro
  • Revenue Officer, Internal Revenue Service
  • Program Analyst, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Department of Health & Human Services, Baltimore, MD
  • Analyst, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Vermont

Nonprofit Organizations

  • President, Greensboro Chamber of Commerce
  • Program Officer, Community Foundations of Greater Greensboro
  • Manager, Greater Raleigh Sports Council
  • Data Manager, Rapid Resources for Families, Inc.
  • Fellow, Duke Endowment of the Carolinas
  • Executive Director, Rapid Resource for Families, Inc.
  • Program Specialist, Livestrong Foundation, Austin, TX
  • Southeast Regional Director, March of Dimes Foundation
  • Vice President, Children's Home Society of North Carolina
  • Business Development & Leadership Giving Specialist, United Way of Greater Greensboro
  • Grant Research Manager, Center For Creative Leadership
  • Business Development Services Manager, Greensboro Economic Development Alliance
  • Donor Relations Coordinator, Niagara University, Lewiston, NY
  • Placement Coordinator, Youthville, Wichita, Kansas
  • Employee Development Manager, CVPH Medical Center, Plattsburgh, NY
  • Director of Service Scholars, Pfeiffer University

Colleges and Universities

  • Associate Vice-President for Development, UNC General Administration
  • Director of Development, Annual Giving, UNCG
  • Assistant Director of Scheduling & Event Services, American University
  • Research Associate II, Winston-Salem State University
  • Grants & Contracts Administrator, Wake Forest University Health Services
  • Internal Auditor, Wake Technical Community College
  • Budget Officer, Bryan School of Business & Economics, UNCG

Private Business/Consulting

  • Communications Specialist, Mack Trucks, Inc./Volvo Trucks North America
  • General Manager, Ruff Housing, Greensboro

*Pre-service students who had an internship

NOTE: These graduates obtained these jobs prior to or within 9 months after graduation


4.3.4b Employment Statistics Fa '11, Sp '12, Su '12 Fa'12, Sp '13, Su '13
  Pre-Service In-Service Pre-Service In-Service
National or central government in the same country as the program        
State, provincial or regional government in the same country as the program 1 1   4
City, county, or other local government in the same country as the program 5 3 1 3
Foreign government (all levels) or international quasi-governmental        
Nonprofit domestic-oriented 4 3 4 6
Nonprofit/NGOs internationally-oriented        
Private Sector - Research/Consulting        
Private Sector but not research/consulting 1   2  
Obtaining further education 1      
Unemployed     1  
Status Unknown 1      
  13 7 8 13