Public Administration

Program Degree Major Code Admissions
Term Deadline
Master’s MPA PADM Fall 2022* January 1, 2022 (Recommended)

January 11, 2022 (Final)

Master’s (Online) MPA PADX ** January 2022 October 13, 2021 (Recommended)***

November 10, 2021 (Final)

May 2022 February 2, 2022 (Recommended)***

March 2, 2022 (Final)

August 2022 May 11, 2022 (Recommended)***

June 1, 2022 (Final)

September 2022 June 15, 2022 (Recommended)***

July 6, 2022 (final)

Program Director Willow Jacobson (
Director Of Graduate Admissions Cara Robinson (
Address Master of Public Administration Program
CB# 3330, Knapp-Sanders Building
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone 919-962-1181
Test Requirements
GRE (general) score within last 5 years
(see other requirements)
Letters of Recommendation 3 – (academic, professional and volunteer are accepted)
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Other Requirements

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

LSAT and GMAT scores may be submitted for consideration.

Applicants already holding an advanced degree may request a standardized test waiver. Please contact the program for more information and to request this waiver.

Statement of Purpose:  In one to two pages, respond to the question, “Why do you want to earn an MPA from UNC-Chapel Hill?” In your statement, please address the following:

  1. Your professional goals,
  2. Experiences that have led you to consider a public service career, and
  3. Why the UNC-Chapel Hill MPA program would be a good fit for you.

Most Recent Resume or CV

Prerequisite Course Requirement:  A minimum of 3 semester hours credit in American Government and Politics or an equivalent course.  AP credit is acceptable if included on your undergraduate transcript.  NOTE: This is not a requirement to apply for admission. If admitted to the on-campus format, the requirement would need to be fulfilled prior to the first day of fall classes. Applicants who have not completed an American Government course will be asked to complete a free, online course with us upon enrollment to the program.  More information will be available upon admission and enrollment.

While the final deadline for submission to the on-campus MPA is January 11th, the MPA Admissions Committee strongly encourages all applications to be completed by January 1st, 2021 for priority review.

*Students may apply as non-degree seeking students in the Fall, Spring, or Summer, but the degree option is only available in the Fall.
**The School of Government also offers an online degree program, MPA@UNC. Please see for more information and to apply.
***Recommended deadlines are for best scholarship consideration.