Public Administration students at NC State enjoy an extraordinary faculty recognized for its research productivity, a highly-ranked graduate program with great flexibility in its elective courses, and North Carolina’s capital city location and proximity to the world-renowned Research Triangle Park.
We offer two advanced degrees: a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Ph.D. in Public Administration. Many public administration professionals who are currently working part- or full-time pursue their MPA degree with us to study public administration, policy and theory and apply what they’re learning on the job. You’ll get a rich classroom experience that enhances your real-world needs in one of the top ranked MPA programs and the only Public Administration Ph.D. program in North Carolina.
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Our MPA program gives you an integrated, interdisciplinary academic experience. We’ve been preparing professionals since 1968 to lead and serve in public and nonprofit agencies. Our 1,500+ alumni work across North Carolina, in Washington, DC, and across the world.
The 40-hour program has several overlapping components:
- a 21-hour core curriculum
- economics, statistics and American government requirements
- 19 hours of elective coursework in which you’ll pursue an individualized specialty
- an internship – unless you’ve already got work experience in the public sector
NC State is ranked among the top schools with graduate public affairs programs.
2017 US News & World ReportSee their rankings
Ph.D. in Public Administration
Our doctoral program will prepare you to teach and conduct research in public management and related fields, or to serve as a research specialist within government agencies and public affairs institutes. NC State offers the only Ph.D. in Public Administration in the state.
Our typical candidates have completed an MPA or other relevant graduate degree.
All full-time Ph.D. students receive a competitive financial support package including stipend, health insurance, and tuition.
Our students are active in research, presenting at major regional and national conferences, with department travel support provided.
Student ResearchMore Student Research
Study Investigates Why Public Employees Break Rules
Employees in all industries break workplace rules from time to time. After years of working in government and social services, Casey Fleming wondered why.
Study Highlights Impact of ACA Medicaid Expansion on Uncompensated Care
More than six years after it was signed into law, the Affordable Care Act continues to prompt debate. Research from scholars like NC State doctoral student Susan Camilleri helps inform the policymakers who argue on both sides of the law.
Public Administration News
Ph.D. Student Viewbook
The Department of Public Administration is excited to release the first edition of the Ph.D. in Public Administration Student Viewbook, which contains the profiles of the current Ph.D. in Public Administration students. Readers can learn about student biographies, education, research presentations and publications, and research interests and degree specializations.
How I Think and Do: Judge Paul Ridgeway
What can you do with an NC State degree in political science? Ask Judge Paul Ridgeway (Political Science '82, MPA '90). He's the senior resident superior court judge for North Carolina's 10th judicial district.
Learn more about Judge Ridgeway's job and how he applies his NC State degrees in his work.
"How I Think and Do" is a series created by NC State's Humanities and Social Sciences that highlights our outstanding alumni.