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Graduate School

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

This has been proclaimed THE YEAR OF UNCP GRADUATE SCHOOL. 

We have a new Dean, Dr. Irene Pittman Aiken, a new Assistant Dean, Dr. Kirill Bumin, a new name, The Graduate School (formerly the School of Graduate Studies) and a renewed focus on all things graduate: graduate students, graduate faculty and graduate education.  But we offer the same excellent office staff, rigorous academic standards and personal attention you depend on from the UNCP Graduate School.  Come join the UNCP Graduate School family to advance your skills, boost your career and challenge yourself to grow as you change your life through education.

Kirill M. Bumin  
Dean Aiken Assistant Dean Bumin  




Just out: report finds 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.


Student Recognitions:

Jingjing Gao, an international MPA student, participated in a internship with the NC Association of County Commissioners affording her the opportunity to work in the Communication Department and the Government Relationship Department where she attended conferences of both the NC House and Senate.

UNCP Public Administration (MPA) student, Bo Daniel Weichel, was selected as the 2016 recipient of the Government Finance Officers Associations’ Daniel B. Goldberg Scholarship.  The $13,000 scholarship was awarded to Mr. Weichel at the Government Finance Officers Association’s 110th Annual Conference held May 22-25 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

UNCP Grad Students participated in the NC Graduate Education Day in Raleigh on May 24. Dr. Jennifer Twaddle, Dr. Irene Pittman Aiken, Caroline Newman, Sen. Tom McInnis (R-Richmond Co.), Jacqueline Barnoski, Dena Ali and Dr. Joe West visit in the NC Senate Chamber room.

Phi Sigma, the UNCP chapter of the international counseling honor society of Chi Sigma Iota, won Outstanding Chapter of the Year: Large Program.  Officers of the chapter who traveled to the American Counseling Association conference in Montreal in April to accept the award were Vanessa Doran, Moriah Cleveland, and Chanel Parham.

Natasha Jones Kinto, a UNCP Clinical Mental Health Counseling student, was awarded a $11,000 Counseling Fellowship by The National Board for Certified Counselors Foundation. link

Congratulations to our 2016 Graduate Research Symposium winners!

  • Jessica Mager, Elementary Education, A Study of Daily Five Reading and its Effectiveness Towards Increasing Student Motivation
  • Dena M. Ali, Public Administration, Improving Firefighter Effectiveness through Wellness
  • Caroline Newman, Science Education, The Effects of Student Generated Modeling on High School Physical Science Student’s Self-Efficacy and Motivation

And Honorable Mention:

  • Jacqueline E. Barnoski , Nursing, At-Risk and Early-Stage CKD Identification Barriers Amongst Diabetics in the Primary Care Setting



Recent School and University Recognitions:

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).

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