Welcoming our new August 2020 Online Students

Some of our August 2020 new students start their first class

What do a Director of Community and Economic Development for a California city, a Marketing Manager for BNSF Railway in Texas, and a Corporate Social Responsibility Coordinator at Lenovo in Raleigh, NC have in common? All 3 of them began the online format of the Masters of Public Administration program at UNC Chapel Hill yesterday!  They joined 11 other exceptional students to embark on a journey that provide them with a valuable skillset to take with them wherever they serve.

We want to introduce and welcome all 14 of our new August online students to the program! We could not be happier with the breadth of experience and their individual areas of interest which will bring so much to the learning environment. Among the other students in the cohort are an Animal Rights Advocate, a Higher Education Administrator at Appalachian State University, a project manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and a freelance Videographer/Story Creator for non-profits in California.

Our cohorts always bring together students with a broad array of backgrounds and demographics.  This cohort is no exception.  We’d like to highlight a few of them here:

  • Average age is 28.
  • Over 70% of the cohort lives outside of North Carolina.  States represented include California, Oklahoma, Virginia, Mississippi, Texas, Georgia, and Maryland.
  • 1/3 of the cohort recognizes themselves as Hispanic or African American.
  • 4 students hold advanced degrees including a Doctorate of Education, a MBA, and MA’s in Parks and Recreation and Clinical Psychology.
  • Every student in this cohort graduated from a different undergraduate major. from Architecture to Urban Planning and everything in between.