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Congratulations to Our Graduates!

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Our Spring 2021 MPA Graduates:

Destiny Alston
Sara Butner
David Cashwell
Jessica King Clark
Grace Craig
Matt Grusznis
Salwa Majeed
Audrey Mangili
Jay Mebane
Thomas Mierisch
Elena Polanco
Ebony Pratt
Emily Saine
Taylor Strassburg Hutchins
Agnes Szarka
Melissa Tearry
Michala Westbrook
Forrest White

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Our Spring 2021 Graduates in the Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Nonprofit Management:

Ahmed Abdullah
Hayden Grover
Elizabeth Kiser
Naglaa Rashwan

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MPA graduates find success

Are you graduating soon and are not quite sure what you want to do with your degree? Maybe UNCG’s Master of Public Affairs program is the answer for you.

The MPA program offers an exciting professional degree opportunity for students considering careers in public service or government agencies. This 43-hour program prepares students for a variety of challenging careers within the public and private sectors. These positions can range from management to policy evaluation to program development.

Recent UNCG MPA graduates have secured these positions upon graduation:

  • Marketing & Communications Manager, United Way of Greater Greensboro 
  • Grants Specialist, UNCG School of Education 
  • 7th Grade Math Teacher, Jamestown Middle School (Teach America)
  • PhD student Public Administration, NC State University 
  • Major Gifts Officer, North Carolina School of the Arts 
  • Lowe’s Customer Service Manager
  • Diversity Compliance Specialist, City of Winston Salem 
  • Customer Service Specialist, Wells Fargo Business Banking Division
  • Sales & Marketing Assistant, Salemtowne Retirement Center
  • Campaign Associate, United Way of Greater Greensboro
  • Grants Manager, The Servant Center
  • Legislative Analyst, North Carolina Housing Finance Agency

The MPA program currently offers three concentrations for those who wish to specialize:

  • Nonprofit management concentration
  • Community and economic development
  • Local government management

The department also offers a 15-hour certificate program in Nonprofit Management. This program gives students a general overview of the nonprofit sector while developing specific skills and program knowledge necessary to meet a variety of nonprofit agency needs.

 The MPA program also offers an 18-hour certificate program jointly with the Department of Geography in Urban and Economic Development.  This program is designed to provide a general overview of urban planning and development.  Students completing this certificate will be prepared to deal with a variety of economic and community development issues. 

If any of these options sounds like this may be the match for you, contact Dr. Hunter Bacot, the Graduate Director at ahbacot@uncg.edu to schedule an appointment.

We wish you luck in your future endeavors and hope that you will choose UNCG for your graduate education.


MPA Program boasts 90 percent job placement rate

Are you graduating soon and are not quite sure what you want to do with your degree? Maybe UNC Greensboro’s Master of Public Affairs program is the answer for you.

The MPA program offers an exciting professional degree opportunity for students considering careers in nonprofit organizations or government agencies. This 43-hour program provides students with relevant educational experiences to prepare them for a variety of challenging careers. These positions can range from management to policy evaluation to program analysis.

The job placement rate for the past two years has been over 90 percent! Graduate assistantships, paid internships and scholarships make this degree more affordable than law school.

Examples of job placements for pre-service students in recent years are the following:

  • Grants Management Asst/Program Coordinator, Partners to End Homelessness/The Servant Center
  • Development Coordinator, NCCJ
  • Community Impact Manager, United Way of Greater Greensboro
  • Procurement Officer, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County (TN)
  • Community & Strategic Initiatives Planner, Piedmont Triad Regional Council
  • Project Manager, City of Burlington
  • Marketing & Communications Manager, United Way of Greater Greensboro
  • Program Support Administrator, Rural Forward of NC
  • PhD Student, Public Policy, North Carolina State University
  • Budget Specialist, City of Greensboro
  • Program Coordinator, Kate B. Reynolds Foundation

While the degree allows students a great deal of flexibility in choosing electives, the MPA program currently offers three concentrations for those who wish to specialize—the nonprofit management concentration, community and economic development, and local government management.

If you are not quite ready to commit to a full degree program, the MPA program also offers a 15-hour certificate program in Nonprofit Management. This program is designed to give students a general overview of the nonprofit sector while developing specific skills and program knowledge necessary to meet a variety of nonprofit agency needs.

The MPA program also offers an 18-hour certificate program jointly with the Department of Geography in Urban and Economic Development.  This program is designed to provide a general overview of urban planning and development. Students completing this certificate will be prepared to deal with a variety of urban and community development issues.

Want to learn more about applying to the MPA program? Click here. 


Congratulations to the MPA Student Award Winners for 2020 – 2021

  • North Carolina City/County Managers Association Scholarship – Jamie Sandoval
  • Next Generation Graduate Award –  Eva Jones, Michala Westbrook
  • May Davidson Scholarship Fund – Grace Craig, John Crowder, Jerae Davis, Katherine Faulkner, Austin Morris, Elena Polanco,  Kayla Quick, Alex Shepherd, Clint Stiles
  • Annie Parham Endowed Graduate Award – Taylor Strassburg Hutchins

Life of a Lobbyist

UNCG alumnus Brian Lewis ’94, ’96 MPA discusses his career in North Carolina politics that began 1994 and how it carried him to the halls of the North Carolina General Assembly where he works as a registered lobbyist. Brian will give participants a peek behind one of the most misunderstood, maligned, and distrusted professions in our society. He will also talk about how he is attempting to change it.

https://uncg.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_a2G0WNUtQ6-wc8ORBpfBSQ


Congratulations to our MPA Alumni!

Congratulations to our alumni for special recognition for their excellent public service!

Rachel Hawley Kelly (‘MPA ’09) was voted as one of Triad Business Journal’s 40 under 40!  Rachel is the Director of Public Policy for the City of Burlington.

Sarah McGuire (MPA’14) was selected as a Founder’s Fellow by the national American Society for Public Administration (ASPA).  This competitive award provides her with a free ASPA conference in March and mentoring with a key ASPA leader.  Currently serving on the local Piedmont Triad chapter board, Sarah works as the Community Outreach Specialist for Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART).

Joshua Sherrick (MPA ’15) was recently selected as a Rising Star by the national American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) due to his leadership as President of the Piedmont Triad Chapter.  He is the City of Greensboro’s Arts and Events Superintendent.  He has been one of the key, behind-the-scenes folks making the National Folk Festival a big success for Greensboro for the past three years.  The festival has become the largest public event the City hosts.


UNCG’s MPA Program Rated in Top 50 Nationally!

UNCG’s MPA program has been ranked in the top 50 list of MPA programs nationally.  Among 400 MPA programs researched, our MPA was highly rated because of our program’s affordability, NASPAA accreditation, salaries, and prestige. Only two other NC programs are in the top 50–NC State and UNC Chapel Hill. There certainly are other strengths of our program that we would brag about (great students and faculty, small classes, applied research projects, and networking opportunities), but we’ll take it!  Read all about it:  Master’s of Public Administration Programs (http://www.topmanagementdegrees.com/rankings/best-mpa-program)


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