Dual degree applicants

The dual MPH/MCRP is offered jointly by the Department of Health Behavior and the Department of City and Regional Planning. The steps for the admissions process steps are listed below and can be viewed in grid form on this chart.

 Application steps for dual master’s degree in Health Behavior and City and Regional Planning
Step 1: Review application instructions

Please review The Graduate School application requirements (across all departments and programs) and program specific application instructions. The MPH application is a two-step process.
Step 2: SOPHAS application
SOPHAS (Schools of Public Health Application Service) is a common application system for participating schools of public health. This admissions cycle, applicants to MPH programs at UNC will submit through SOPHAS. Once your application is complete and submitted, it will be verified by SOPHAS. During peak times, the verification process may take up to 4 weeks before it is sent to UNC.
Please be advised that SOPHAS will hold your application until the following conditions are met:
  • Application is complete and submitted including coursework details, personal statement, and UNC supplemental questions.
  • Official transcripts from all coursework, including study abroad and non-degree courses, are received.

SOPHAS will not hold your application for standardized test scores or international transcripts. However, your file will be considered incomplete until all standardized test scores and transcripts are received from SOPHAS. Mail official transcripts (from each institution you have attended) directly to SOPHAS. Do not mail these to UNC.

SOPHAS mailing address:
P.O. Box 9111
Watertown, MA 02471
For overnight delivery only:
c/o Liaison International
311 Arsenal Street
Watertown, MA 02472

Please note that overnight or express delivery will not expedite the processing of your application.

GRE test scores must be official and reported directly by the Educational Testing Service. When you register for the GRE, you should indicate University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill SOPHAS (institution #0311) as a score recipient. If you did not specify the UNC-Chapel Hill SOPHAS as a score recipient at the time of taking the test, you must promptly ask ETS to send your scores to SOPHAS (institution #0311). No departmental code is required. By selecting the UNC-Chapel Hill SOPHAS code, your GRE scores will be transmitted to SOPHAS and the UNC Graduate School. They must be current and no more than five years old.
Applicants should check the SOPHAS portal to ensure that all required documents have been received by SOPHAS and that the complete application has been forwarded to the UNC Graduate School.
Step 3: UNC Graduate School application (MPH)
Once your SOPHAS application has been received by UNC, you will receive an email with instructions for completing the UNC Graduate School application. Although the UNC system will import some information from SOPHAS, you will answer residency and honor code questions, upload a copy of your transcript(s) and pay an additional UNC Graduate School fee ($85).
International applicants should review directions for submitting additional admissions materials: TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old) and completed financial certificate showing support for 2 years. The TOEFL institutional code is 5688.
Step 4: UNC Graduate School application (MCRP)
To be considered for the Master of City and Regional Planning, you must submit a separate application to The Graduate School for both programs. The applications submission and review processes are entirely independent.
International applicants should review directions for submitting additional admissions materials: TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old) and completed financial certificate showing support for 2 years.
Step 5: Department review
Each Departments’ admissions committees will review your file and make admissions decisions regarding your application. Once the Departments have reviewed your applications, separate recommended decisions will be sent to the Graduate School for final approval.
Step 6: Graduate School review and final decision
The Graduate School reviews all admissions decisions made by Departments. Once final decisions have been made, The Graduate School will notify you of your official decisions via the ApplyYourself portal. The letters serve as your official admissions decision.
Financial aid is separate from the admissions process. For more information, please refer to Awards and Funding.