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.

Application Deadlines and Program Start Dates
September 2021 May 18, 2021 June 15, 2021 July 7, 2021
January 2022 September 21, 2021 October 19, 2021 November 10, 2021

Start Your Application Now

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 Phone Number:+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.

Take the Next Step

Advance your career in public administration by earning an MPA degree online from UNC.
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