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 Master’s, 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.
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|
|May 18, 2015||March 24, 2015|
|August 3, 2015||June 9, 2015|
|September 7, 2015||July 14, 2015|
|January 11, 2016||November 17, 2015|
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 email@example.com.