Master of Public Administration



Thank you for your interest in the Master of Public Administration program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. We are housed in the Department of Public and International Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences. The MPA program is a 42-hour program accredited with the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. Students are given five years to complete the degree but most complete it in as little as two years. For students who want to graduate within two academic years, we suggest they take nine credit hours for four semesters and six credit hours during their first summer enrolled in the program.

A Master of Public Administration degree can help to provide you with a wide variety of job opportunities. Visit the NASPAA website for more details. For more information on the tuition and fees for the UNCW MPA program please click here

We offer afternoon and evening courses (3:30-6:15pm, 6:30-9:15pm) Mondays through Thursdays. We periodically offer courses that meet on Saturday and those available in an online format. No MPA courses meet on Fridays.

Deadline for submitting applications for fall admission is June 15, and December 1 for spring admission. Applicants seeking admission to the Master of Public Administration program are required to submit the following to the Graduate School:

  1. An application for graduate admission
  2. Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate)
  3. Official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).
  4. Three recommendations from individuals who are in a position to evaluate the applicant's professional competence as well as potential for graduate study (ideally at least one reference should be an academic instructor).
  5. A personal statement describing educational and professional experiences, their reasons for pursuing graduate study in public administration, and career goals
  6. Resume
  7. Optional writing sample

Applicants seeking admission to the program must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, or its equivalent from a foreign institution of higher education based on a four-year program; a strong academic record; academic potential as indicated by satisfactory performance on the GRE General Test or GMAT. Individuals who fall below a specified criterion may be admitted if other factors indicate potential for success. Individuals with identified deficiencies may be accepted provisionally with specified plans and goals for the remediation of these deficiencies. Such remediation may include a requirement of additional hours beyond those normally required for the degree.

We accept applications on a rolling basis. So get yours in today! We look forward to meeting you.