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.
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.
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.