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Public Administration

Prepare for a career in public service. Develop the leadership tools and knowledge you need to serve, manage and lead public or nonprofit organizations or to conduct cutting-edge academic research.

Public Administration

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 NC State’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.

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

Master of Public Administration

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.

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.

Ph.D. in Public Administration

NC State is ranked among the top schools with graduate public affairs programs.

2017 US News & World Report

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