Public Administration

Program Degree Major Code Admissions
Term Deadline
Master’s MPA PADM Fall 2023* January 1, 2023
Master’s (Online) MPA PADX ** January 2023 October 18, 2022
May 2023  March 1, 2023
September 2023  June 6, 2023
Program Director Willow Jacobson (jacobson@sog.unc.edu)
Director Of Graduate Admissions Cara Robinson (cararob@sog.unc.edu)
Address Master of Public Administration Program
CB# 3330, Knapp-Sanders Building
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Website mpa.unc.edu
Online:  http://onlinempa.unc.edu/
Phone 919-962-1181
Test Requirements
Please see the Test Requirements section under 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.

Test Requirements: 

Applicants for January 2023 term: GRE scores within the last 5 years required

Applicants for Fall 2023: Beginning in Fall 2023, the UNC MPA program no longer requires a graduate entrance exam to apply. Applicants must demonstrate adequate quantitative, analytic, and writing aptitude to be admitted. Students who believe their application materials do not fully reflect their academic potential are encouraged to include in their application an official graduate entrance exam test score received within the last 5 years (this is particularly recommended for students with cumulative GPAs below 3.3).  Any candidate may submit official, current graduate entrance exam scores (GRE, GMAT or LSAT) for consideration by the admissions committee. Contact the Director of Admissions, Cara Robinson to discuss further. Please visit https://gradschool.unc.edu/admissions/instructions.html#tests for instructions on submitting official scores to the University.

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 10th, the MPA Admissions Committee strongly encourages all applications to be completed by January 1st, 2023 for best funding opportunities..

*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 http://onlinempa.unc.edu/ for more information and to apply.