Admissions Overview

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government seeks students with a deep commitment to public service and the strong academic background required to meet the demands of our top-ranked Master of Public Administration program. Our admissions committee reviews applications on a rolling basis, so the sooner you apply, the sooner you can receive an admissions decision and start planning for your future.

Application Deadlines

MPA@UNC offers students four start dates per calendar year (January, May, August, and September). Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

January 2022September 21, 2021October 19, 2021November 10, 2021
May 2022January 18, 2022February 8, 2022March 2, 2022

Read about our online application process or start your application now. If you have questions or need help completing your application in time for your preferred start date, please contact an admissions counselor at +1-855-862-4672 or via email at

Applying to Our Top-Ranked Program1

A degree from UNC-Chapel Hill will help you build the skills to advance or launch your career in public administration. As a student, you will:

Complete your degree in as
few as 18 months.

Customize your curriculum with
electives, concentrations, and
cross-university courses.

Learn from faculty who are
nationally recognized
experts in their field.

1 Best Graduate Public Affairs Programs, U.S. News and World Report (2022)arrow_upwardReturn to footnote reference