Office of Admissions

The School of Government is the largest university based training and research program for public officials in the country. The School of Government also offers the top ranked Master of Public Administration degree program for both local and remote learners. With courses ranging from management, leadership, to public policy analysis and project evaluation, the program educates leaders for local, state, and federal governments as well as the nonprofit and private sectors.

Degrees Offered

Master of Public Administration

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Conflict Resolution / Negotiation
Environmental Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
Information & Technology Policy / Management
Nonprofit Management
Organizational Theory / Management
Public Finance / Budgeting
Social Policy / Poverty
Urban Studies / Regional Planning

Graduate Program Overview

The MPA at UNC Chapel Hill is a 45 credit hour program offered both on-campus and online. We offer a broad-based, versatile leadership focused degree for those who wish to pursue careers in local, state, federal government as well as non-profit and other sectors. We are nationally ranked in the areas of local government, public management, environmental policy, and public finance and budgeting. We also offer concentrations in non-profit management, public policy, and community and economic development. We offer dual degrees with Law, City and Regional Planning, and others. Please visit our website for more information on curriculum design and concentrations.

Admissions Deadline

On-campus deadline - January 1st and online deadlines are rolling. Please note we have 4 different start times for online - January, May, August, and September. The on-campus format only offers 1 start in the Fall each year.

Admissions Overview

To be considered for admission, applicants must submit the online application, statement of purpose, and resume along with the $90.00 non refundable application fee. Applicants must also submit official transcripts, official test scores (GRE, LSAT, or GMAT), and 3 letters of recommendation. Candidates may be invited to interview. While we don't have cut off scores, we are looking for cumulative gpa above a 3.0 and test scores in the 50th percentile or above. We are also looking for candidates who demonstrate a commitment to public service in their areas of interest. For more information on our program and a strong application, please contact the Admissions Director, Cara Robinson at [email protected]

Contact Information

400 South Road
Chapel Hill, NC

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