The Master of Public Affairs (MPA)

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 last two years is over 90%, which means that almost all of the graduates reported a job placement within 6 months of graduation. The largest percentage found positions in local governments or nonprofit agencies in North Carolina. (See table below on Employment Statistics.)

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

  • Grants Management Assistant/Program Coordinator, Partners to End Homelessness/The Servant Center
  • Development Coordinator, NCCJ
  • Economic Development Project Manager, City of Burlington
  • Housing Specialist, Piedmont Triad Regional Council
  • Program Monitor, City of Greensboro
  • Value Based Contract Coordinator, CHESS
  • Program Support Administrator, Rural Forward NC
  • Marketing & Communications Manager, United Way of Greater Greensboro
  • Village Clerk and Assistant to Administrator, Village Town of Marvin, NC
  • PhD Student, Public Policy at North Carolina State University

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

Local Government

  • Public Housing Director, City of Albemarle
  • Deputy Clerk, Forsyth County Superior Court
  • Director, Guilford County Board of Elections
  • Communications Officer, City of High Point
  • Supervisor, Child Support Enforcement Office, Forsyth County
  • Community Outreach Specialist, Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART)
  • Early Voting Director, Guilford County Board of Elections
  • Special Events Coordinator, City of Greensboro
  • Director of Emergency Response & Communications, Forsyth County Public Health
  • Auditor, Office of the Inspector General, District of Columbia
  • Treasury Analyst, Forsyth County Budget & Management Office
  • Senior Planner, City of Albemarle Planning & Community Development
  • Assistant City Manager, City of Burlington, NC
  • Eligibility Case Worker, Davidson County Department of Social Services
  • Economic Development Specialist, City of Winston Salem
  • General Services Manager, Forsyth County Government

State Government

  • Government Affairs Assistant, North Carolina League of Municipalities
  • Transportation Consultant, North Carolina Department of Transportation
  • Assistant State Auditor, North Carolina Office of the State Auditor
  • Certification Specialist, NC Office of the State Fire Marshall, Western Region
  • Business Relations Representative, Vocational Rehabilitation, NC Department of Health and Human Services
  • 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
  • Budget Officer, State of Vermont

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
  • Contract Analyst, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Vermont

Nonprofit Organizations

  • Director of Vocational Services, Cape Fear Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Director of Administration, Compliance and Human Resources, Martinsville/Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness
  • Chief Operating Officer, Greensboro Partnership
  • Program Officer, Community Foundations of Greater Greensboro
  • Manager, Greater Raleigh Sports Council
  • Marketing & Outreach Manager, Forsyth Humane Society
  • Program Coordinator, Foundation for Rural Service, Arlington, VA
  • Development Coordinator, National Conference for Community & Justice, Greensboro
  • Communications Director, Guilford Green Foundation
  • Data Manager, Rapid Resources for Families, Inc.
  • Grants Manager, Hospitality House, Boone, NC
  • Fellow, Duke Endowment of the Carolinas
  • Community Coordinator, Co//ab, Greensboro Partnership
  • 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
  • Member Engagement Associate at National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), Washington, DC

Colleges and Universities

  • Project Manager for School of Education, UNC Greensboro
  • Vice President for Development, UNC General Administration
  • Development Director, Wake Forest University
  • Literacy Programs Director, Student Coalition for Action in Literacy Education, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Employee Development Manager, University of Vermont Health Network
  • Assistant Director of Scheduling & Event Services, American University
  • Grants Administrator, Wake Forest Baptist Health
  • Student Support Manager, UNC Greensboro
  • Research Associate II, Winston-Salem State University
  • Grants & Contracts Administrator, Wake Forest University Health Services
  • Research Associate, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Budget Officer, Bryan School of Business & Economics, UNCG

Private Business/Consulting

  • Community Development Research Analyst, Local Government Federal Credit Union
  • Global Project Manager, Supply Chain Inclusion & Collaboration Team, Cisco Systems
  • Communications Specialist, Mack Trucks, Inc./Volvo Trucks North America


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