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The deadline for Fall 2024 admission is November 28, 2023.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of faculty with their research areas who are interested in accepting students this application cycle:

Professor/Instructor Research Areas
Fenaba Addo* Education and labor markets, social policy and inequality/social entrepreneurship
Carmen Gutierrez Criminal legal system policy, immigration policy
Steven Hemelt* Education and labor markets, social policy and inequality/social entrepreneurship
Angel Hsu Environment and human welfare
Douglas MacKay* Health policy, bioethics, and human rights, Social policy and inequality/social entrepreneurship
Jeremy Moulton Business and public policy/entrepreneurship and innovation, Education and labor markets, Social policy and inequality/social entrepreneurship
Brigitte Seim* International development policy; Social policy and inequality/social entrepreneurship
Mehdi Shadmehr Conflict (domestic and foreign), Human rights abuses, regimes, populism, automation, etc.
Tricia Sullivan Global conflict, International development policy


*Highly Interested

To apply online, please visit the Graduate School website and select Public Policy from the drop-down menu. When you are completing the online application, please upload the following supplemental information required by our department when prompted:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    • (At least two from faculty members familiar with your academic ability.  For applicants with substantial work experience after college, letters from individuals who can describe applicant’s ability to be successful in doctoral level work may be substituted).

Application Deadline

Note: GRE scores will not be required, or reviewed, for the 2024 admissions cycle.

All official Graduate School deadlines are here.

International Students: All international applicants must submit acceptable, official TOEFL (reported directly from or IELTS (reported directly from scores. We accept no other English Language tests. Additional instructions on testing requirements can be found here. The required minimum total score on the exams are:

  • The internet-based TOEFL exam = 90
  • The IELTS exam = 7

Detailed application instructions can be found on the graduate school website.

Additional questions concerning the requirements for the application or application process should be directed to:

Meredith Albright, Student Services
The Ph.D. Program, UNC Public Policy
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Campus Box #3435, Abernethy Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3435
Telephone: (919) 962-1600
Fax: (919) 962-5824