12 months
28844 USD/year
28844 USD/year
10552 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The M.A. in Public Policy at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is available as an option for students who are opting to exit the Ph.D. program prior to completing all requirements for the PhD.


UNC has a distinguished tradition in public policy as a charter member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). 

At University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the Public Policy faculty expertise in education and labor markets; environment and human welfare; business and public policy; innovation and entrepreneurship; social policy and inequality; health policy, bioethics, and human rights; international development policy; global conflict and cooperation; and other policy areas.

Key Features 

  • In addition to the M.A. and Ph.D. degree, Public Policy offers a undergraduate major and minor in public policy and a graduate minor for interested students in other academic units. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Microeconomic Foundations of Public Policy
  • Risks, Shocks, and the Safety Net
  • Analysis of National Security Policy
  • Designing for Impact: Social Enterprise Lab
  • Quantitative Analysis for Public Policy
  • Business, Competition, and Public Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA

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  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application fee (non-refundable $95.00)
  • Transcripts (complete, not selected courses): One unofficial transcript from each university attended must be uploaded within the application.
  • Current letters of recommendation
  • Standardized test scores
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • Community Standards Questions
  • Supplemental program information 

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    28844 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14422 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • National

    28844 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14422 USD per semester during 12 months.
  • In-State

    10552 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 5276 USD per semester during 12 months.

Living costs for Chapel Hill

900 - 1400 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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