The Master of Public Affairs (MPA) program is a professional degree designed to prepare students for leadership positions in the public and non-profit sectors. The program integrates public affairs theory and practice to improve the managerial, analytical, and communication skills of students. The program promotes teaching, applied research, and service activities that enhance public and non-profit sector performance, particularly in Western North Carolina. The MPA program provides accessibility to working professionals and flexibility for students to choose from specialized elective courses to fit their personal and professional goals. Program electives are offered to address regional needs.
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