Graduate School

Program-Specific Requirements

Below are some program-specific admission requirements. The Graduate Admissions webpage lists common program admission requirements.

Business Administration | Clinical Mental Health | Elementary Education | Masters of Arts in Teaching Nursing | Physical Education and Sports Administration | Professional School Counseling | Public Administration | Reading Education | School Administration | Add-on Licensure in School Administration | Science Education | Social Studies Education | Social Work

All M.A. and M.A.Ed degree programs leading to graduate-level licensure by the NC Department of Public Instruction require that applicants hold a Standard Professional license in an appropriate licensure area except for School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Additional course work may be required in some programs for those without teaching experience.

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Applicants who have not completed the Common Body of Knowledge, including calculus, as part of their undergraduate work will be required to complete appropriate CBK or Foundations Courses as pre-requisites. These courses do not count toward the degree hours.


Prin. of Accounting, 6 hrs


ACC 5010 Found. of Accounting, 3 hours

Prin. of Finance, 3 hours


FIN 5010 Foundations of Finance, 3 hours

Prin. of Marketing, 3 hrs

Prin. of Management, 3hrs


MGT 5010 Foundations of Marketing and Management, 3 hours

Prin. of Econ., 6 hours


ECN 5030 Found. of Economics, 3 hours

Quanti. Methods , 6 hours


DSC 5050 Found. of Bus Stat, 3 hours

Calculus, at least 3 hours



Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program

NOTE: Summer and Fall admissions only. Application review begins February 1. In addition to the common Graduate School admissions requirements, all applicants are required to:

  1. have a 2.7 undergraduate GPA;
  2. submit an essay detailing their reasons for apply to the program, relevant experiences and personal career goals relevant to professional counseling;
  3. submit three letters of recommendation from individuals with whom the applicant has professional affiliation, such as former faculty members or supervisors;
  4. submit a resume or CV; and
  5. participate in an interview with program faculty.

Non-Degree Seeking Counseling Students

Prospective students interested in registering for coursework to achieve credentialing in either of the graduate counseling areas ( Professional School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling) should contact the Non-Degree Seeking Student Coordinator, Dr. Jeff Warren, for information.

Master of Elementary Education

  • Program requires that teachers must hold an “A” license or be eligible to hold an “A” license at the time of application.
  • Two years full-time teaching experience is recommended but not required.

Master of Arts in Teaching

This program is for applicants who do not have a teaching license, but would like to earn licensure at both the undergraduate and graduate level as they earn their master's degree.

  • Applicant must have a bachelor's degree appropriate for the licensure area they seek. Undergraduate pre-requisites may become part of a student's required course work if it is necessary for successful completion of graduate courses in the content area.
  • MAT applicants for Physical Education programs need a 2.8 GPA (on a 4.0 scale).


In addition to the general admission requirements for The Graduate School, the Department of Nursing will consider the following toward admission: The applicant's

  • Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited NLN or CCNE School of Nursing.
  • Current, valid North Carolina nursing license with multi-state practice privileges by authority of the Nurse Licensure Compact.
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale preferred.
  • Nursing Practice experience (one year completed).
  • Completion of a course in Descriptive/Inferential Statistics with a minimum grade of “C” or higher.
  • Personal statement describing 1) nursing experience 2) interest/objectives in undertaking graduate study in the chosen specialty area and 3) special circumstances that require further clarification.
  • Academic strengths and areas needing further development.
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae of educational and work experience.
  • Three letters of recommendation from instructors, supervisors or professional colleagues, two of which must come from individuals with a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing.

Note: Applicants who graduated from their BSN programs over 5 years ago must demonstrate competency in basic health assessment, nursing research, pathophysiology, and pharmacology.

Admitted students must provide the following before starting the program:

    1. copy of physical health examination and immunizations as required by the university and Department of Nursing;
    2. copy of current BCLS certification by the American Heart Association; and
    3. copy of professional liability insurance – all students must present evidence of coverage annually in the amounts of $1 million/$6 million due to clinical practicum requirements of the graduate program.

    Physical Education and Sports Administration

    Heath and Physical Education offers three programs:

    1. The MAT in Health and Physical Education (see Master of Arts in Teaching, above) is for applicants seeking a master's degree and teaching licensure. 
    2. The MA in Health and Physical Education (leads to "G" licensure) and
    3. The M.A. in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise/Sports Administration.
    • Applicants should have a 2.8 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or greater for all these programs.

    Professional School Counseling

    • Submit an essay detailing their experiences and goals relevant to professional counseling;
    • Have the three recommendations from individuals with whom the applicant has professional affiliation (former faculty members or supervisors); and
    • Participate in an interview with program faculty.

    Public Administration

    • Overall or major GPA of 3.0+ is preferred.
    • Submit an essay describing their academic and professional preparation and reason(s) for seeking admission to the program. Essays should be one or two pages in length and describe what the applicant could bring to the program and what s/he hopes to gain.
    • GRE scores are required UNLESS undergraduate GPA is ≥ 3.5 OR GPA in the major is ≥ 3.5.

    Reading Education Program

    • One year of teaching experience required and
    • One of three recommendations should be from a current administrator/supervisor who is familiar with applicant's teaching/career goals.

    School Administration

    • Applicants must have completed three years of teaching prior to admission to the program.
    • Those who are currently in their third year may apply, but no courses may be taken until after the third academic year of experience is concluded.
    • Applicants should meet one of the following minimum GPA criteria:
    1. 3.00 overall; or
    2. 3.00 in the Senior Year; or
    3. 3.00 in the major or, if applicable; or
    4. 3.00 in master’s program/graduate coursework.
    • Two of the three recommendations must be submitted by current administrators (including building principal) familiar with the applicant's teaching and administrative aptitude. If the principal changes after you submit your application, please update your application and request an additional recommendation from the new principal.
    • The applicant must submit his/her answers to the following questions:


    1. Why do you want to become an administrator (principal, coordinator, etc.)?
    2. As an administrator, what communication approaches would be most effective for you?
    3. How would you delegate responsibilities to others?
    4. How would this administrative position be most rewarding to you?
    5. What do you consider to be your major strengths as an administrator?


    Add-on Licensure in School Administration

    • Admission to this non-degree program is highly selective. Applications from those with exceptionally strong academic credentials and test scores who currently hold an administrative position will be most favorably reviewed.
    • Applications to this program which do not meet all criteria will be reviewed for admission to the full degree program.

    Science Education

    Applicants to the M.A. or the M.A.T. degree programs should contact and hold an interview with the program director.

    Social Studies Education

    Applicants to the M.A. or the M.A.T. degree programs submit a letter describing what they hope to gain from the program and, in light of their current philosophy of social studies education, how the applicant assumes the program will affect classroom practices.

    Social Work

    Applicants are to:

    • Request transcript from previous institutions attended
    • Request recommendations from professional supervisors or university faculty who are not members of the UNCP Social Work Department;
    • Submit an essay [view essay directions]
    • Complete a criminal background check at: (*Please contact The Graduate School at 910.521.6271 prior to requesting the background check)
    • Have the coursework listed below (or know that they will be pre-requisites for admission.
    Course Courses that meet the requirement Additional courses
    Statistics SWK/CRJ/SOC 3600, MAT 2100, PSY 2080 Or equivalent statistics class
    Political Science PSPA 1000 or 1010 Or equivalent Intro to Political Science or American Government
    Psychology PSY 1010 Or equivalent Introduction to Psychology
    Sociology SOC 1020 or SOC 2090 Or equivalent Intro to Sociology or Social Problems
    Human Biology BIO 1030 or PED 3490 or BIO 2110 Or equivalent Human Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology
    Economics ECN 1000, 2020, 2030 or GGY 2060 Or equivalent