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Talking Policy in the Queen City

Readiness and Resilience: cultural preparedness and emergency management

Brock Long, former FEMA Administrator, provided a stimulating talk on emergency management policy in the U.S. on February 24, moderated by MPA alum Kevin Staley!  The talk was viewed livestream by students, faculty and practitioners nationwide.  Current MPA and Certificate students who wish to view the talk, can email Aileen Brown ( to obtain the link.


Dr. Suzanne Leland presents American Cities and the Politics of Party Conventions as part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Personally Speaking series.  From the CLAS Personally Speaking website…American Cities examines decisions by contemporary American cities such as Charlotte to bid on and host one of the quadrennial major political party conventions. Leland is an award-winning core faculty member of the Public Policy Ph.D. program and professor in political science and public administration.”  

Dr. Leland’s presentation can be viewed on the UNC Charlotte YouTube page at

Dr. Suzanne Leland received the Harshini V. De Selva Award



Gerald G. Fox Master of Public Administration


NC Charlotte's MPA Program Rises in Rankings by U.S. News and World Reports!

We are now ranked #48 nationally, moving into the top 17% of all ranked public affairs programs, representing a 19% increase over last year's results.  We are also receiving increased recognition in the multiple areas of curriculum concentration!


Specialty Rankings


Local Government Management: #19

Public Finance and Budgeting: #20

Nonprofit Management: #32





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students with talented faculty who value high quality teaching, research and community outreach, staff who are committed to supporting our students, and a community of practitioners at every organizational level who work closely with the program to provide students with internships, fellowships, and professional networking opportunities so critical to placing our students in quality jobs upon graduation. 


full-time and part-time options for all students. All in-person and blended classes are offered in the evening, making it convenient for our professional students. We also offer online classes. There are also opportunities for funded field experiences and scholarships.