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Master of Public Policy

The inaugural MPP cohort began in Fall 2022. The Master of Public Policy (MPP) received approval from the UNC Board of Governors in July 2021, the inaugural MPP in the UNC System and the only public university MPP in North Carolina. UNC Public Policy offers an accelerated dual bachelor’s-graduate degree. Students take graduate MPP courses in the spring semester of their senior year as they complete their undergraduate degree. They receive an MPP in one additional academic year.

UNC-Chapel Hill offers several dual bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. UNC-CH encourages dual programs in appropriate disciplines “to provide exceptionally strong students with substantive educational opportunities that enhance the quality of the student experience at Carolina.” The requirements for the bachelor’s and master’s degree can be completed within eight semesters and two additional semesters of study, respectively.

The MPP will require an internship and a thesis or final capstone policy project. The internship allows students to apply their knowledge to significant problems in the public, private, or non-profit sectors while developing and enhancing skills in their policy area of interest. The internship helps students clarify their career direction, identify relevant second-year electives, and strengthen their professional experience and networks.

MPP students will apply analytical and professional skills in a thesis or final capstone policy project. Students who select the thesis will develop a research question and work with their advisor to formulate and implement the research plan. The client-based capstone provides an opportunity for students to apply knowledge and skills to real-world policy challenges.

“I was drawn to the MPP Program because of the versatility of the degree. The skills I gain from the MPP Program will allow me to thrive in any field of policy I choose to pursue, which I am very excited about.”
-Jensen Emerline

Contact

Have Questions? For more information, contact:

Melissa Edwards
Managing Director of Graduate Programs
mredward@email.unc.edu