Thank you for your interest in the MPA program at UNC-Chapel Hill. The MPA program strives to attract a strong and diverse group of students for each year's entering class. The on-campus MPA class size typically ranges between 22-29 students and MPA@UNC (online format) cohorts are typically 15-20 students in size. Applicants should have strong grades and GRE scores, as well as a commitment to public service.

Most students admitted to the program have completed undergraduate majors in the social sciences, especially political science and economics, but some have majored in architecture, business administration, engineering, English, French, history, industrial relations, and music, among other fields. Before applying to the MPA program, many applicants have been employed full-time. Others have entered immediately after receiving undergraduate or graduate degrees. In short, each year's class brings together students with a variety of backgrounds.