Master of Public Affairs (MPA)

Master of Public Affairs (MPA)

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

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

  • infobuttonLocal, 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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program offered by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro is to do the following:

  • provide a stimulating and challenging education enabling a diverse student body to develop public values and master essential knowledge, competencies, and skills within a supportive and cooperative community;
  • prepare pre-service students for leadership and professional positions in public service;
  • provide education to in-service students that will lead to their development and career advancement as leaders, professionals, and managers;
  • contribute to the fields of public policy, public administration, and nonprofit management through scholarly and applied research, publications, and professional service;
  • serve the greater Piedmont Triad area through community-engaged scholarship, interns, graduates, and outreach activities that enhance the performance of local government and nonprofit organizations.