The MPA program strives to attract a strong and diverse group of students. Top candidates for each entering class have excellent grades and GRE scores, as well as a commitment to public service. The MPA program has a long-standing commitment to public service education for members of historically underrepresented minority groups.
Most MPA students 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. In short, each class brings together students with a variety of backgrounds.
Number of applicants: 131 Size of entering class: 22 Percent men: 23% Percent women: 77% Minority students: 23% North Carolina residents: 68% Work experience: >5 years - 18% 2 - 5 years - 59% <2 years - 23% Average age: 26 (range: 21-35) Average GPA: 3.6 (range: 2.7-4.0) Average GRE test scores: Quantitative: 64% Verbal: 82% Analytical Writing: 4.7 (range:4-5.5)
The MPA program at UNC-Chapel Hill enrolls up to 30 students each year from a variety of backgrounds. A few of our students are profiled below: