Graduate School

The Graduate School

Welcome to The Graduate School at UNCP where over 40 paths to degree completion are offered and learning is personal, practical and powerful. 

 The Graduate School

Graduate School Scholarship Winners

 Newly established for this YEAR OF THE GRADUATE SCHOOL, the Graduate School Tuition Scholarships will be annually awarded to two exceptional graduate students to assist them with paying for their graduate school tuition.

 Recipients of the $250 scholarship are selected on the basis of academic achievement, community engagement, and service to the university.

 The 2017 Graduate School Scholarship recipients are:


Ashley Allen, Science Education


Kristen Mayernik, Professional School Counseling

 Join us in congratulating these Award winners and thank them for their service to UNCP and the community!


Dr. Ben Bahr Wins Graduate Faculty Mentor Award


The Graduate School is pleased to announce Dr. Ben Bahr as the winner of the newly-created UNCP Graduate Faculty Mentor Award! The award is designed to underscore the importance of collaborative research and to recognize, reward, and support sustained collaborative academic activity by the faculty with the graduate students.

The Selection Committee received a number of extremely competitive applications this year, across multiple disciplines, ranging from Nursing, English, Theatre and Foreign Languages, Counseling, and Public Administration.

Dr. Bahr, exemplifies all of the qualities that the award is meant to honor. He will be recognized at the Faculty Appreciation Dinner on April 28.

Many thanks to our selection committee: Drs. Gary Anderson, Xinyan Shi, James Robinson and Marisa Scott.


Congratulations, Dr. Bahr!


Graduate Research Symposium Winners

Special thanks to all those who assisted and participated in the 2017 Symposium and Open House. The Graduate School is proud to announce the winners.

Poster Competition Winners:

Bobbi Sampson, Social Work, First place ($100 award), Advisor: Dr. Ashley Allen

Anna Sanford, Science Education, Second place ($75 award), Advisor: Dr. Rita Hagevik

Taylor Burris, Social Work, Third place ($50 award), Advisor: Dr. Summer Gainey

Maegan Abigail Gillis, Professional School Counseling, Honorable Mention ($25 award), Advisor:  Dr. Shenika Jones

3MT Competition Winners:

Bessie Barnes, Public Administration, Winner ($100 award)

Ashley Allen, Science Education, Honorable Mention ($25 award)


A special thanks to the Program Directors, research/poster advisors, and to our judges. Please see attachment for a complete listing.



New Graduate Program Offerings

Counseling Programs Wilmington Initiative

Starting in August, students can take up to eight counseling courses without leaving the Wilmington area. Courses are part of UNCP’s CACREP Accredited Professional School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The eight courses will be offered at Cape Fear CC and online with plans to make all courses for the two programs available in the area, given sufficient student interest. For additional information, click here or contact Dr. Shenika Jones (910.521.6354 or, program director for Professional School Counseling or Dr. Ki Chae (910.521.6753 or, program director for Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Graduate Certificate Programs

UNCP is pleased to offer its first Graduate Certificate Programs. A Graduate Certificate program provides specific professional education in an area of study. A graduate certificate program may be gained as a stand-alone credential, in conjunction with or after a graduate degree is earned or prior to and towards a master’s degree, depending on the program. Successful completion of a certificate is notated on one’s academic transcript.

  • Advanced School Counseling for Postsecondary Success (contact Dr. Shenika Jones,, 910.775.4294 for additional information)
  • MSN Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education (contact Dr. Jennifer Twaddell,, 910.775.4141 for additional information)

Social Work Department Earns Reaccreditation

The Department of Social Work was recently notified by the Council on Social Work Education that the Commission on Accreditation voted to reaffirm the program's accreditation through February 2024. Congratulations to our excellent Social Work programs.

Counseling Programs Receive International Recognition

The UNCP Counseling Programs was honored with becoming registered with the International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs (IRCEP).  Link for more information


UNCP graduates among those with least amount of debt!

  found UNCP students are among those who graduate with the least amount of debt in the nation, ranking among the lowest 18% for student loan debt per borrower! Read the report here.


UNCP Named #6 among the 10 Best Value Online Colleges in NC 2016

Best Value Schools recognized UNCP as the sixth best online college in NC for 2016 of more than 60 institutions of higher education. Read the full article



   U.S. News & World Report ranked the Online Graduate Elementary Education program among the 2017 Best Online Programs. Read more



  The University of North Carolina at Pembroke was recently ranked in the College Choice Best Online Master's in Education ranking!

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  The UNCP Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Professional School Counseling (both CACREP accredited) programs were recently ranked 5th as the top value counseling master’s degrees in North Carolina by (TCS).


  Value Colleges ranks UNCP's MPA Program a Top 50 Best Value of 2016.





    UNCP was again (2016) ranked by US News and World Report as among the Best Online Graduate Education Programs.



      Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Professional School Counseling programs received accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Education Programs (CACREP).


    MSN Program received accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).



  TOP MANAGEMENT DEGREES again ranks UNCP among the 2016 Fifty Best Online Master's in Public Administration Degree Programs.



    US NEWS and WORLD REPORT ranks the Graduate Elementary Education program among Nations Best Online programs.



    GI JOBS magazine named UNC Pembroke to its list of Military Friendly schools again for 2016.


   again named UNCP as a "Best Bang for the Buck" in the Southeast (May 26, 2016).


   U.S. NEWS and WORLD REPORT again ranks UNCP among Best Colleges for Veterans (2016).