Graduate School

Graduate Admissions

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Welcome to The Graduate School at UNCP.  We hope to welcome you to our Grad School family, soon.  Please see admission information below and contact us with any questions: grad@uncp.edu or 910.521.6271.

The Graduate School admits students in one of the following categories:

  1. Full Admission to a Program
  2. Provisional Admission to a Graduate Program
  3. Special Admission to a Graduate School
  4. Enrichment Studies
  5. Visiting Graduate Students

The information below describes each of these categories and the requirements for admission into each. Information is also provided for:

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) at least one of which must indicate a baccalaureate degree will have been earned from a regionally accredited college or university by the time s/he begins her/his program of study;

Some programs require applicants to:

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 (NOTE: MBA no longer requires recommendations); and/or

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

g) submit an essay, participate in a personal interview, submit a background check, or participate in an audition.

See program-specific requirements, and the individual program websites.

Information about the admissions requirements for international students can be found in a separate section, below.

Transcript Requirement

For Graduate School admission consideration, one (1) official transcript is required from EACH university, college, community college, junior college and high school dual enrollment institutions attended. at least one of which must indicate a baccalaureate degree will have been earned from a regionally accredited college or university by the time s/he begins her/his program of study. 

Official transcripts are received in a sealed envelope from the awarding institution or electronically delivered via an approved third party vendor. An unofficial transcript may be used for admission decision purposes but official transcripts are required for enrollment.

UNCP graduates or graduates-to-be:  The Graduate School does not require you to obtain a UNCP transcript nor a transcript from any institution in which all coursework is listed on the UNCP transcript.

G.P.A. Requirement

Some programs require higher GPAs for admission, (check Program Specific Requirements) but a satisfactory undergraduate academic record for admission into UNCP's Graduate School 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 (last thirty hours).

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. 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.

• Mathematics Education, Middle Grades Education (except science), Reading Education and School Administration applicants submit test scores for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);

• English program (MA and MAT) applicants submit Miller Analogies Test (MAT), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or PRAXIS II test scores qualifying for English 9-12 licensure (ELA: Content Knowledge test 5038 and Principles of Learning and Teaching: Grades 7-12 test 5624 at time of posting).

• Business Administration (MBA) applicants submit GRE or Graduate Management Admissions (GMAT) test scores.  Applicants with an undergraduate GPA over 3.0 (4.0 scale) do NOT have to submit test scores.

• Master of Public Administration (MPA) applicants submit GRE test scores.  Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher or a a 3.5 or higher in their undergraduate major do not have to submit 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 Office for Regional Initiatives, located at The Carolina Commerce and Technology Center (COMTech) on Livermore Drive. To schedule a sitting for the MAT, applicants may call (910-775.4000); additional information is available at The Testing Center.

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). NEW: The GRE is offered by Office for Regional Initiatives, located at The Carolina Commerce and Technology Center (COMTech) on Livermore Drive. To schedule a sitting for the GRE (given on certain dates), call (910-775.4000); additional information is available at The Testing Center.

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 and a student's guide for taking the GMAT).NEW--The GRE will be offered by Office for Regional Initiatives (August 2017), located at The Carolina Commerce and Technology Center (COMTech) on Livermore Drive.

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 and note that MBA no longer requires recommendations.

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.

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International Graduate Students

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The Graduate School of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke welcomes applications from potential graduate students from other nations. To be eligible for consideration for admission as an international student, an applicant must:

1) submit a completed application;

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

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

4) submit an official transcript evaluation report such as by World Education Services (WES), International Education Services (IES) or other accredited education evaluation service;

5) submit a course-by-course transcript evaluation from a NACES approved credit evaluation service (such as WES) for any non-US institution attended. Evaluation should clearly verify a US equivalent baccalaureate-level degree was earned. The credit evaluation will determine the institution accreditation, degree, credits and course equivalents earned. 

6) submit an official report of satisfactory scores on an entrance exam, if required by program of interest;

7) 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;

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

If admitted, international students will need to

9) submit official proof of financial support, Financial Certification.

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

 
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 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.

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 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); and

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

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 Enrichment Studies

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 Graduate School. 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).

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 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 Graduate School. 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 Graduate School. Also, visiting graduate students who wish to enroll for an additional semester must secure the written approval of the Dean of The Graduate School.

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.

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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 Graduate School or from the specific program.

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 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).

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 Undergraduate Enrollment in Graduate Courses

Undergraduate Privilege for Graduate Coursework

Undergraduate students who have successfully completed 75 hours of undergraduate courses may gain permission to take graduate coursework by completing the Undergraduate Privilege form located on the forms page. Students may want to note that up to twelve hours of successfully completed (C or better) graduate coursework may count towards their master’s degree, depending on program and courses, and may also count towards their undergraduate degree. These students should note that these courses are subject to all The Graduate School rules and regulations (time to degree, grading, etc.).

 To be eligible, undergraduate student must:

  • have successfully completed 75 hours of course credit (at least 24 credit hours at UNCP),
  • have at least a 3.0 GPA at UNCP and
  • have this form properly completed and signed into the Graduate office.

 NOTE:

  • Graduate course grades do NOT count in one’s undergraduate GPA.
  • Graduate course grades count in graduate GPA and towards the graduate regulation of three “Cs” or one “F” dismissal.
  • Permission to take graduate courses does not guarantee future admission into a graduate program.
  • If course/s is/are counting towards completion of undergraduate degree, financial aid may apply.

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