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PhD Admission Requirements

PhD Admissions Overview

Our PhD Program is a demanding and rewarding full-time, residential program. Admission is competitive and limited to 12-15 students (two to three per concentration) each year.  

Our admissions committee carefully considers all completed applications. We make decisions based on academic records and experiences, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose and standardized test scores. All admitted students receive School-based funding in the form of research or teaching assistantships.

Important Dates and Milestones for Fall 2020 Admission

Early Deadline:
Dec. 10, 2019

The UNC Graduate School offers a limited number of University-sponsored fellowships to applicants who apply by the early deadline. To be considered for this type of funding, your complete applications must be received in December.

Final Deadline:
Jan. 14, 2020

To be considered for fall 2020 admission, your completed applications must be received by this date.

Class Profile

2019 Incoming Doctoral Class


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