Municipal and County Administration

The application period for the virtual 2024-2025 program will open the first week in June. 

Municipal and County Administration, our flagship course, has been available to public servants in North Carolina since 1954 and has more than 3,700 alums. Course participants learn the roles, rules, and operations of city and county governments in North Carolina and become part of a broad network of local government peers.

This comprehensive application-based program takes place over eight months. Participants are city and county managers, department heads, and city and county officials whose responsibilities require an understanding of the functions of multiple specialization areas.

Major subject areas include:

  • Local government law
  • Organization and management
  • Finance and budgeting
  • Public employment law
  • Planning and regulation development
  • Municipal and county services

Who should apply?

City and county managers, department heads, and other city and county officials whose responsibilities require an understanding of the functions of multiple areas of specialization

2023–2024 Program 

Review the Municipal and County Administration participation and attendance policy here.

  • There is an attendance requirement to receive credit for this program.
  • In addition to live sessions, pre-recorded video lectures, exercises, reading, and quizzes must be completed before the relevant sessions.
  • The 2023–2024 session is entirely in-person; no recorded sessions, Zoom links, or make-up sessions are available. 
  • If you cannot attend in person in 2023–24, apply to the 2024–25 program, which will be completely virtual.


All materials and assignments are posted online via Canvas—The School’s secure online platform—including a digital version of the reference book County and Municipal Government in North Carolina.


The program fee is $4,500. This fee includes your digital reference book, electronic materials, morning and afternoon light snacks, and lunch. 

Class dates and times

  • October 24–26 
  • November 7–9
  • December 12–14
  • January 9–11
  • February 6–8
  • March 5–7
  • April 9–11
  • May 7–9

Tuesdays: 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesdays: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursdays: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Funding opportunities 

Scholarships offer partial financial assistance to qualified applicants and their units who would otherwise be unable to attend the Municipal and County Administration program. Financial need will be a significant factor in determining who receives assistance. We receive many applications for scholarships. Applicants will not be offered assistance in all cases, and should have alternate funding secured. The below sources are open to qualified candidates.

How to apply for funding

When beginning the program application, complete the financial need questions. The answers will determine whether you qualify for scholarship opportunities. (Civic Local Foundation funding must be applied for separately).

I’ve applied. Now what? 

  • Applicants will receive program and funding notifications between August 8 and 26. Not everyone will receive a notification on the same day. 
  • You must confirm your acceptance by the deadline in the acceptance email, or you will lose your seat.
  • Bookmark this page to easily access essential dates, times, deadlines, and the notification window.
  • Have funding planned before the notification date, and be ready to complete your registration.
There currently are no scheduled offerings of this course.

<p><strong>Materials</strong></p><p>All materials and assignments will be posted online via Canvas – the School of Government's secure online platform. The course will include a digital version of the reference book&nbsp;<strong><em>County and Municipal Government in North Carolina</em></strong>&nbsp;available in Canvas.&nbsp;</p><p>Find more program details in the Overview section</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong><strong>&nbsp;</strong></strong></p><p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p>

For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Susan Hutchinson

Program Manager, Law and Finance Group; Continuing Education Manager
Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Teaching Professor; Secretary, School of Government Foundation Board of Directors