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Member Exclusive: MPA Online Graduate Education

Make a mark on your career by enrolling into an online Graduate or Bachelors program in public administration.


Resized MPA@UNC




Delivered in a flexible, online format, MPA@UNC is a graduate degree program that prepares students to be effective leaders in public service. Students benefit from the same top-ranked UNC School of Government curriculum, courses, and renowned faculty as full-time, on-campus students. MPA@UNC is designed to build upon students’ passion, skills, and expertise in managing and leading local, state, federal government, or nonprofit organizations.

MPA@UNC is part of UNC-Chapel Hill’s MPA program, which is accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), the accreditor of public administration, public policy, and public affairs master’s degree programs in the United States since 1970.
ICMA has partnered with 2U, Inc., an ICMA Strategic Partner, to provide ICMA members with a valuable professional development opportunity. 2U, Inc. will provide ICMA members who qualify for admittance to MPA@UNC a $5,000 fellowship.

Request information about MPA@UNC and find out more about the fellowship opportunity for ICMA members.


As an ICMA Strategic Partner, Villanova University is offering ICMA members a discounted tuition rate for the MPA degree program as well as a 10% discount on online professional certificate programs.

Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the Villanova Master of Public Administration (MPA) program helps graduate students develop the skills they need to become ethical, creative leaders in public service. Its comprehensive curriculum prepares students to lead, manage and contribute to the public good. Villanova’s MPA program is accessible to students around the globe through an interactive online format, featuring Villanova campus-based faculty members who embrace a hands-on instructional approach that leads to practical, everyday solutions.

This benefit also applies to ICMA members wishing to pursue a BA in Public Service and Administration. Students must qualify for admission.

Villanova University also offers online professional certificate programs that can help prepare public service leaders in functional areas such as project management, six sigma, and agile contract management. ICMA members can save 10% on professional certificate programs.

Application Deadline and Start Date 

  • October 18, 2016 (early) and November 15, 2016 - Application deadline for January 2017 cohort

Learn more about the fellowship and get started.

Questions: Contact Lauren Stone, MPA@UNC Admissions Manager, lstone@onlinempa.unc.edu, 919-913-9520 or ICMA membership customer service at membership@icma.org.


 For more information about Villanova University’s online MPA, BA in Public Service and Administration and professional certificate programs, visit this website or call 855-300-1473.

Let your enrollment representative know you are a proud member of ICMA to learn more about this exclusive benefit opportunity. 

MPA@UNC is offered in partnership with 2U, Inc., which partners with leading universities to develop the world’s best online educational experiences. 2U provides universities with the technology, infrastructural support and capital they need to transform on-campus programs into state-of-the-art web-based programs. Each rigorous graduate program integrates interactively weekly small live classes taught by renowned faculty, an advanced and social web-based platform, highly produced documentary style learning content, as well as in-person learning practicums.


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