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Application and Acceptance Fees

The application fee is $75, which may be paid by check in U.S. dollars, accompanying the application form or submitted online.

Students accepted to the LL.M. program must submit an initial seat deposit of $250 to reserve a place in the LL.M. program. If offered admission prior to April 1, this deposit is due by April 2. If offered admission post-April 1, the admission letter will state the seat deposit deadline date. An additional $100 confirming deposit is required by July 1. Go to and click on the left-hand side link for Seat Deposit Payments and follow instructions.

Financial Documentation and Total Program Cost

Under United States visa requirements, international students must provide documentation of financial resources for the nine-month period of study required to obtain the LL.M. degree. Although otherwise complete applications may be processed without the financial certificate and the required documentation, these documents must be submitted and received before the due date of the first seat deposit. These documents must be in English and sent as originals by mail or courier service. No international student may be formally admitted until these documents have been received.

The Financial Certificate (PDF) demonstrates the applicant's ability to cover the full cost of tuition and fees (currently in 2016, $23,315 tuition/semester + $1,490 fees/semester = $49,610 estimated for the 2016 academic year) and estimated living expenses for the academic year (September to May), which include health insurance, housing, meals, books and personal expenses (approx. $15,850), totaling an estimated $65,460. The certificate must be signed by the applicant and include documentation such as bank statements, certificates of deposit, a sponsor's letter, or fellowship or grant funding information. Please note that annual North Carolina State Government-mandated tuition increases often occur just prior to registration, which would increase program costs up to 10 percent.

The Financial Certificate may be submitted via UNC's Secure Document Upload service.

Applicants are expected to secure their own funding. Those needing financial assistance may find helpful information through the Institute of International Education, and The United States embassy or consulate in your home country may have additional information on Fulbright Scholarships and other fellowship opportunities. Information for U.S. citizens and permanent residents is available at

We are pleased to announce that all applicants will be considered for merit scholarships. Good luck to all!

A partial list of organizations that offer scholarship funding or student loans for graduate study in the U.S. can be found on the FAQs page

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