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Admissions to the Masters Program


Admissions requirements:

Application deadlines

January 14, 2020 for:

  • Advanced Standing applicants (May enrollment in Chapel Hill)
    Start Date: May 12, 2020
  • Two-Year Full-time applicants (August enrollment in Chapel Hill)

We encourage early applications! Applicants to full-time programs who want to be considered for University Merit Awards or the Weiss Urban Livability Masters Fellowship are encouraged to submit their applications by December 10, 2019. Applications submitted after this date will still be considered, however, priority will be given to those that have submitted their applications by the recommended date.

February 11, 2020 for:

  • 3-year Triangle applicants (August enrollment in Chapel Hill)
  • 3-year Winston-Salem applicants (August enrollment in Winston-Salem) 

Applicants may complete and submit an application by accessing the admissions portal.

International Applicants

The School is particularly interested in recruiting students who represent a range of cultural perspectives to serve the diverse populations in the Southeast and in the United States as a whole. The program is open to international students who are fluent English speakers. International applicants must meet the required minimum total scores on the exams which are:

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

TOEFL scores are not a requirement of students who are residents of a country where English is the language of instruction or if they hold a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or an institution where the sole language of instruction is English. For more information, please visit UNC's Graduate School website.

All new international students are required to take the University's English Proficiency Test before registering for their first semester of study, unless they have been awarded a degree from a U.S. institution (excluding U.S. trust territories), or are a resident of a country where English is the language of instruction. If an international applicant is admitted, they must provide documentation of their financial independence or support. Please visit UNC Global's International Student and Scholar Services for more information.

MSW Program Information Request Form

How to apply