Admissions Overview

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Admissions Criteria

The UNC School of Government seeks diverse 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.

To be accepted into MPA@UNC, you must have an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited university or internationally equivalent bachelor’s degree, typically earning a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher. You must also submit standardized test scores for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The standardized test requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a PhD or JD degree. You must upload your unofficial transcript to show that the degree has been conferred.

Prior to beginning MPA@UNC coursework, you must complete a three-credit course in American Government and Policy. If you have not taken this course at any point in your academic history, your admissions counselor can advise you on institutions offering a valid course, including a self-paced online version. (While you may be granted conditional admission without the course, you must complete the course prior to beginning your course of study in MPA@UNC.)

Although work experience in a public service profession will enhance your application, it is not a requirement for admission to MPA@UNC.

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.

Program Start Date Application Deadline
January 5, 2015 November 11, 2014
May 18, 2015 March 24, 2015
August 3, 2015 June 9, 2015

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 855.862.4672 (855.UNC.4MPA) or via e-mail at

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