MPA Program Waives GRE Requirement To Help With COVID-19 Impact

UNC Charlotte’s Master of Public Administration program is waiving its GRE requirement for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 applicants, in response to the impact of COVID-19.

“As a result of COVID-19, people will be pursuing new career opportunities, as they lose their jobs or change their focus,” said Tom Barth, director of the Gerald G. Fox MPA program.

“Our MPA program offers options for building careers with non-profit, government, arts and similar organizations,” Barth said. “To help people deal with significant life changes they may face, we are temporarily waiving the GRE requirement, particularly since taking the GRE with social distancing in place could be difficult and is a potential cost burden at this time for some.”

The waiver specifically removes the requirement of an appropriate score on the Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical sections of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). The application deadline for summer is May 11, while the application deadline for fall is August 15. Students can learn more on the website.

U.S. News and World Report Ranking

UNC Charlotte’s MPA program was ranked third among North Carolina’s public universities with included programs and in the top 21% of the 275 public affairs programs nationwide that were included in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 Best Graduate Schools rankings. The program is housed in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration,

The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, offering a strong education in core management and leadership competencies. It also features concentrated areas of study in urban management and policy, nonprofit management, emergency management, public finance, and arts administration. Under

“In addition to the research and instruction provided by nationally recognized faculty, we continue to broaden our students’ access to settings that include internships, fellowships, and professional networking opportunities that are critical to their careers within the field of public administration,” Barth said. “We find that our students are able to pursue, or expand, their careers in diverse settings where they can make a difference in people’s lives.”

Program Offers Flexible Options

Students may enroll in the MPA program on either a full-time or part-time basis. Certificates are available to students wanting specialized training within non-profit management, urban management and policy, emergency management, and public budgeting and finance.

Additionally, exceptional undergraduate students attending UNC Charlotte are encouraged to apply and begin work toward their graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree. Details can be found here.

Words: Lynn Roberson