Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions

ALL new incoming graduate students are required to attend Orientation

Saturday, January 10, 2015

University Center Annex Assembly Room
9:00 a.m. to 12 noon

Check in begins at 8:45 a.m.

Register here

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Prospective grauate students seeking to enroll in a graduate course must be admitted to a program, or have specific permission from the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

The Graduate Studies staff admits students in one of the following categories:

a) full admission to a program,

b) provisional admission to a program,

c) special admission to the Graduate School,

d) enrichment students, and

e) visiting graduate students.

The information below describes each of these categories and the requirements for admission into each. Information is also provided for: Enrollment for Additional Graduate Licensure, Second Master’s Degree, and Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses.

Full Admission to a Program

To be eligible for consideration for full or provisional admission to a degree program, an applicant must:

a) submit a completed online application;

b) pay a $45.00 non‑refundable application fee ($60.00 for international applicants);

c) submit one official transcript from all colleges/universities attended (see requirements below);

d) submit an official report of satisfactory scores on an entrance examination (required for some programs);

e) have three academic and/or professional recommendations submitted on her/his behalf;

f ) submit a copy of a current NC teaching license, or a current license from another state, if applicable.

Some programs may have additional application requirements, such as an essay, personal interview, background check, or audition. See the program-specific requirements and reference stipulations that are posted on the Graduate Studies website (www.uncp.edu/grad) and/or on the individual program websites. Information about the admissions requirements for international students can be found in a separate section below and on the Graduate Studies website.

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts must indicate (1) the applicant has a satisfactory undergraduate academic record, (2) the applicant received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, and (3) the date the degree was awarded. A satisfactory undergraduate academic record is one in which a student meets at least one of the following minimum GPA (4.0 scale) requirements: an overall GPA of at least a 2.5 on all undergraduate work, or an overall GPA of at least a 3.0 in the undergraduate major, or a GPA of at least a 3.0 on all undergraduate work taken in the senior year.

Applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree may be offered admission contingent upon their producing an official transcript verifying conferral of a baccalaureate-level degree during the first semester of graduate enrollment will result in a withdrawal of the offer of admission, withdrawal from all current classes, a registration hold, and forfeiture of tuition and fees.

Entrance Examination Requirement for Admission

Applicants for some programs are required to submit an official report of satisfactory scores on an appropriate standardized entrance examination as described below: English Education, Mathematics Education, Middle Grades Education, Nursing, Reading Education, School Administration, Science Education, and Social Studies Education applicants submit test scores for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); MSN applicants may be allowed to waive the requirement if their overall undergraduate GPA is at least 3.5 (out of 4.0);

• Business Administration (MBA) applicants submit test scores for the GRE or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

• Master of Public Administration (MPA) applicants submit GRE test scores.

Specific Exam Information:

a) The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is an hour-long test of analytical ability consisting of 120 analogy problems. The MAT is offered by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), located in room 243 of the Chavis University Center on the UNCP campus. To schedule a sitting for the MAT, applicants may call (910-521-6202); additional information is available at the CAPS website (www. uncp.edu/caps).

b) The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) assesses analytical writing, critical thinking, and verbal and quantitative reasoning skills and is offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) of Princeton, NJ. Additional information is available at the ETS website (www.gre.org).

c) The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) assesses quantitative, verbal, and reasoning skills and is offered by the ETS Graduate Management Admissions Council. Additional information is available at the ETS website (www.mba.com).

If an applicant already holds a master’s degree or above (e.g., master’s, doctorate, J.D.), the entrance test requirement may be waived.

Recommendations

Applicants should have three academic and/or professional recommendations submitted on their behalf. The applicant will supply recommender information in the online application. At least one recommendation should come from a college/university faculty member in the undergraduate major of the applicant. The other references should come from the applicant’s employers/supervisors, if applicable. Applicants should check for program specific requirements.

Licensure Requirement for Admission to Education Programs

Applicants for all graduate degrees leading to licensure by the North Carolina State Board of Education— other than Master of Arts in Teaching degree—must submit a copy of any current licenses held. This includes applicants to the M.S.A. program, an M.A. licensure program, or an M.A.Ed. program (except for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Professional School Counseling programs).

In some programs, students without current licensure are admitted to a non-licensure track and are required to sign a waiver of North Carolina Standard Professional I and M level licensure. It is the individual’s responsibility to determine the requirements of any licensure reciprocity agreement that may exist between North Carolina and another state. Reciprocity does not guarantee that all areas of licensure will transfer directly from one state to another. The applicant is encouraged to contact the School of Education Licensure Office and/or the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction concerning licensure requirements and reciprocity agreements with other states.

International Graduate Students

The School of Graduate Studies and Research of The University of North Carolina welcomes applications from potential graduate students from other nations. Applicants from non-English speaking nations must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language with their applications for admission to the University’s Graduate Programs. I-20 or DS-2019 forms will not be issued until the student is officially accepted into a Graduate School program. All documents must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies and Research at least six months prior to the projected date of enrollment.

To be eligible for consideration for admission as an international student, an applicant must:

a) submit a completed application;

b) pay the non-refundable application fee of $60.00;

c) submit one official transcript from all colleges/universities attended (see requirements above);

d) submit an official transcript evaluation report from World Education Services or International Education Services;

e) submit an English translation of all transcripts;

f ) submit an official report of satisfactory scores on an entrance exam (if required; see above;

g) submit satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English  Language Testing System (IELTS), if English is not the native language;

h) have three academic and/or professional recommendations submitted on her/his behalf;

i) submit official proof of financial support.

Additional information about these admissions requirements for international students can be found above and on the Graduate Studies website.

Provisional Admission to a Graduate Program

Students may be provisionally admitted into a program if they do not meet all requirements for a program, but their circumstances warrant provisional admission. Provisions typically require a student to take courses with content needed for success in the program. Provisionally admitted students who do not complete the provisions and are not fully admitted into a program within one year are no longer eligible for financial aid.

Special Admission to the Graduate School

Students seeking admission into this category are those who, because of extenuating circumstances, may be unable to submit all documents required for full or provisional admission prior to the beginning of a semester or summer term. Students granted this non-matriculated special admission status may register for one semester only and for no more than six (6) semester hours. These students are admitted to the Graduate School; they are not admitted into a degree-granting program of an academic department. Students in this category should seek to convert their admission into full or provisional status as soon as possible. Further enrollment is prohibited without a change of admissions status.

To be eligible for consideration for special admission status to the Graduate School, an applicant must:

a) submit a completed online application;

b) pay a $45.00, non-refundable application fee ($60.00 for international applicants);

c) submit an official transcript from all colleges/universities attended (see requirements above);

e) submit a copy of a current NC teaching license, or a current license from another state, if applicable.

Enrichment Students

Applicants who possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, who are not enrolled in degree programs at other institutions, and who wish to complete courses at UNCP for personal or professional enrichment may qualify for admission as enrichment students. Students in this category cannot enroll for more than six (6) semester hours in a semester. Continuation of enrollment beyond one semester in this category requires the written approval of the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Six (6) semester hours of credit (if appropriate and within the time limit) earned as a special student may later be applied toward degree requirements (see Transfer Credit section).

Individuals seeking to enroll in enrichment studies must:

a) submit a completed online application;

b) pay a $45.00, non-refundable application fee ($60.00 for international applicants);

c) submit an official transcript from all colleges/universities attended (see requirements above).

Visiting Graduate Students

Visiting graduate students enrolled in the graduate schools of accredited institutions of higher learning are welcome at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Qualified visiting graduate students may study for one semester or summer at UNCP and transfer credits back to their home institutions after securing the written approval of the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. To gain admission as a visiting graduate student, an applicant must be in good standing at, and be eligible to return to, the home institution. The decision to admit visiting graduate students rests with the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Also, visiting graduate students who wish to enroll for an additional semester must secure the written approval of the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

To be eligible for admission consideration as a visiting student, an applicant must:

a) submit a completed online application;

b) pay the $45.00, non-refundable application fee ($60.00 for international applicants);

c) submit a letter-of-good-standing signed by the graduate dean (or an appropriate official) of her/his home graduate school specifying the course(s) for which transfer credit may be earned.

Enrollment for Additional Graduate Licensure

Students who possess graduate (M level) licensure by the North Carolina State Board of Education may enroll in some graduate programs to earn additional graduate licensure. Students who wish to exercise this option must apply to the Graduate School for admission. The School of Education Licensure Officer and the program director will identify the requirements for a recommendation for additional graduate licensure to be forwarded to the Department of Public Instruction by UNCP. This enrollment status does not qualify one for an additional degree.

Students who hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited, 48-credit-hour counseling degree program who wish to obtain licensure as a school counselor and students who possess graduate licensure who wish to obtain a school administration license must apply for admission to a licensure only program. Admission requirements are identical to those for the degree program. Additional information may be obtained from the School of Graduate Studies and Research or from the specific program.

Second Master's Degree

Individuals who possess a master’s degree and wish to enroll at UNCP to earn a second master’s degree must apply for admission to the selected program area and, upon acceptance, complete all program requirements for that degree, including comprehensive examinations, if applicable. Graduate students may transfer in six to twelve credit hours (with a grade of B or better) with approval of the Program Director and the Graduate Dean according to the following sliding scale:

30-39 hours in the program—transfer up to 6 credit hours;

40-49 hours in the program—transfer up to 9 hours;

50+ hours in the program—transfer up to 12 hours.

These transfer credit hours are subject to the five-year time limit (six years for the Professional School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and Social Work programs) applied to all course work credited toward the master’s degree, with the exception of reinstated credits sanctioned by the Graduate Appeals Committee (see “Lapsed Credit “ and “Appeals” sections of this catalog).

Undergraduate Enrollment for Graduate Courses

Provided they are otherwise qualified for admission to graduate study, seniors at UNCP who are within nine (9) semester hours of graduation may apply to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research for permission to carry up to six (6) semester hours of graduate course work while completing the baccalaureate degree. Credit earned in this manner may not be used to meet requirements for the baccalaureate degree and be applied toward a master’s degree. Seniors who qualify and wish to enroll in a graduate course for undergraduate credit must obtain the signature of approval of their advisor, the chairperson of their department, and the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. However, no graduate course approved for undergraduate credit can be applied toward a master’s degree.