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.

Start Dates

The UNC MPA online format offers students three start dates per calendar year (January, May, and September).




Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Get your $95 application fee waived. Reach out to your admissions counselor at 855-862-4672 or to learn how you can qualify for an application fee waiver.

January 2024
September 5, 2023
October 3, 2023
October 24, 2023

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.

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