Admission Questions

1.What are the requirements for admittance:

An appropriate score (35th percentile) on the GRE.  Minimum desired scores: Verbal – 150, Quantitative – 144, Analytical – 3.0 (NOTE: This requirement will be waived for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 applicants).

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0

Pre-requisites are POLS 1110 – Intro to American Politics & Statistics 1222 – Elementary Statistics for the Social Sciences OR the equivalent of these and demonstrate computer proficiency.  Both Intro to American Politics and Statistics can be taken once already admitted into the program.  There is an approved course for STATS that is offered at UNCC through Ed2Go. Link to Ed2Go Statistics course:

2. If I don’t meet the requirements for admission, what then?

After GRE scores are considered along with undergraduate GPA – the admissions committee often recommends taking two post-bacc courses and then re-apply.  You can also apply for one of the graduate certificates.  These do not require GRE scores and can give you more time to study to retake the GRE.  The courses taken under the graduate certificates are transferable to the MPA once admitted.  

More information about taking post-baccalaureate go to

3. Can I take classes before I am admitted to the MPA program?

Yes, as a post-baccalaureate student (post-bacc).  However, you can only receive credit for 2 courses (6 credit hours) before being admitted to the program.

4. Do you accept transfer credits?

Only 6 hours can be accepted for transfer credit.  Dr. Tom Barth, the Director, will need to see your transcript, a syllabus and catalog description of credits you are wishing to transfer before he can make a decision about transfer credits.

5. Is the GRE something that can be waived?

No.  It is required that the GRE be taken.  (NOTE:  An exception is being made and the GRE will be waived for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 applicants).

A student who has already earned a Master’s degree will not be required by the Graduate School to retake a standardized test IF the student can demonstrate that he or she has completed the test in the past.  The Graduate School will accept the student’s copy of the official university transcript which prints the scores or a letter on official university letterhead attesting to the scores.  The Graduate Director, however, has the right to request that the student re-take the test and submit official scores.  This does not apply to the TOEFL.

A student who has taken the GRE, GMAT or MAT but has not earned a degree must be able to submit official scores that are not over five years old.  If the student has not taken the test within five years, he or she must re-take the test.

The GRE is not administered by UNC Charlotte.  To obtain information about and schedule a test for the GRE, please go to

6. How can I prepare for the GRE?

You can attend a workshop through Continuing Education – Extended Academic Programs!Test-GRE .  Publications offering study aids are also available in most bookstores.  The GRE website offers practice tests.  It is advised that the practice tests not be taken at home but at a library.  It’s important to time yourself when taking the practice tests.

7. Is it possible to defer my admission to a future term?

We ask that you apply for the semester in which you intend to enroll.

8. Where do I mail my transcripts?

You should mail your transcript to The Graduate School.  Please be sure to follow their guidelines to ensure your transcripts will be considered official when the Graduate School receives them.  Their mailing address is:

The Graduate School
UNC Charlotte
Cato Hall 210
9201 University City Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28223

9. Can I send transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other materials before I submit my application online?

Yes.  Just submit your information to The Graduate School.

10. Am I eligible for an application fee waiver?

Fee waivers are not given.

11. Who should I contact if I am having technical difficulties with the online application?

For any technical difficulties with the application please contact The Graduate School.  Their phone number is 704-687-5503.

12. What are the admission deadlines for Fall, Spring and Summer semesters?

Fall admission deadline is August 1st before the start of that fall semester

Spring admission deadline is December 1st before the start of that spring semester

13. What are my housing options?

A limited number of apartment spaces have been set aside for specifically for graduate students. Visit Housing & Resident Life for more information.

Need a place to rent or sublet? Search University of North Carolina Charlotte's official off-campus housing database. Simply click, register, and find what place best fits you.