About the School of Government

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The Institute of Government was founded in 1931 by UNC law professor Albert Coates. In 2001, the University created the School of Government, which encompasses the work of the former Institute of Government. Learn more about the School's history.

Faculty and staff

The School of Government employs more than 50 full-time faculty and more than 80 staff members in research, management, and administrative positions. Visit the online faculty and staff directory.


Up to 200 courses, webinars, and specialized conferences serve more than 12,000 elected and appointed officials in North Carolina every year. Learn more about the educational programs offered by the School of Government.


Faculty members field thousands of inquiries each year from government officials across the state. These requests for assistance include brief phone or e-mail conversations to clarify legal or management questions as well as longer-term help with large projects.

Research and publications

The School’s faculty members annually publish approximately 50 books, manuals, reports, articles, bulletins, and other print and online content related to state and local government. Each day that the North Carolina General Assembly is in session, the School produces the Daily Bulletin Online, which reports on the day’s activities for members of the legislature and others who need to follow the course of legislation. Visit the Publications website.

Degree program

The nationally ranked Master of Public Administration Program is offered in two formats. The full-time, two-year residential program serves up to 60 students annually. In 2013 the School launched MPA@UNC, an online format designed for working professionals and others seeking flexibility while advancing their careers in public service. To learn more about the MPA program, visit www.mpa.unc.edu

Contact us

School of Government
Knapp-Sanders Building, Campus Box 3330
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3330

T: 919.966.5381

F: 919.962.0654

The Visitor Information page provides driving directions to the Knapp-Sanders Building, as well as parking information.