Graduate Programs

UNCP offers over forty avenues to a graduate degree under the guidance of caring and competent faculty.


Links to program homepages are listed below. For additional information, see The Graduate School section of the Catalog.


Business Administration (M.B.A.) - fully online program (7-week courses) or face-to-face, on campus (cohort model starting Fall '24) available

Fully online program (7-week courses), with concentrations in:

Face-to-Face, On Campus (cohort), with concentrations in:


Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.Ed.)


Elementary Education (M.A.Ed.) - fully online program (7-week courses)


English Education (M.A.)

  • Secondary Education, grades 9-12
  • English Non-licensure
  • Middle Grades (6-9)- M.A.Ed.
English as a Second Language Licensure Add-on  

Mathematics Education (M.A.)

  • Secondary, grades 9-12
  • Mathematics
  • Middle Grades (6-9)- M.A.Ed.

Middle Grades Education (M.A.Ed.)

  • Language Arts (English) specialization
  • Mathematics specialization
  • Science specialization
  • Social Studies specialization

    Nursing (M.S.N) - fully online program

    • Nurse Educator
    • Clinical Nurse Leader
    • Clinical Prevention and Population Health
    • RN-MSN

      Occupational Therapy (M.S.) - Applications open in Fall of '23 for the start date of Fall '24  (pending SCACSCOC approval)


        Public Administration (M.P.A.) - fully online program

        • Public Administration General Track
        • Emergency Management Concentration
        • Criminal Justice Concentration
        • Health Administration Concentration
        • Five-year BA/MPA program

          Reading Education (M.A. Ed.) - fully online program


            School Administration (M.S.A.)

            • Full program - available on campus (15-week courses) and fully online (7-week courses)
            • MSA add-on licensure - available on campus (15-week courses) and fully online (7-week courses)

              Professional School Counseling (M.A. Ed.)


                    Science Education (M.A.)- fully online program

                    • Biology
                    • Chemistry
                    • Earth Science
                    • Physics
                    • Middle Grades (6-9)- M.A.Ed.

                      Sport Administration (M.A.)


                        Social Studies Education (M.A.)- hybrid program

                        • History
                        • Social Sciences
                        • Middle Grades (6-9)- M.A.Ed.

                              Social Work (M.S.W.)


                                Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)


                                  Graduate Certificate Programs

                                  A Graduate Certificate program provides specific, professional education in an area of study. These certificates may be gained as a stand-alone credential, in conjunction with or after a graduate degree is earned, or prior to and towards a master’s degree, depending on the program. An undergraduate (bachelor's) degree is required for admission. Successful completion of a certificate is notated on one’s academic transcript.

                                  UNCP now offers the following graduate certificate programs:

                                  • Advanced School Counseling for Postsecondary Success (fully online) is a 12-credit hour certificate program available for current students enrolled in the Professional School Counseling (PSC) program as well as licensed school counselors who aim to obtain advanced training in school counseling. Contact Dr. Jonathan Ricks for additional information ( or 910.775.4041).
                                  • Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling (fully online) is a 12-credit hour online program that prepares addiction professionals to meet the increasing complex needs of individuals and families dealing with substance use and addiction (to be eligible, applicant must have a master’s degree in counseling or related field or be a current graduate student enrolled in the counseling program). Contact Dr. Stephanie Robinson for additional information ( or 910.521.6663).
                                  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education (fully online) is a 9-credit hour certificate required to teach nursing in the State of North Carolina. Contact Dr. Julie Harrison-Swartz for additional information ( or 910.775.4509).
                                  • Play Therapy Graduate Certificate (fully online, but offered in a synchronous format, meaning students meet virtually via Zoom at specific times) is a 12-credit hour program designed to prepare students to work with children who are 12 years and younger in a developmentally-appropriate way in both school counseling and community settings. The program includes an emphasis on play therapy techniques for supporting children who have experienced trauma. Contact Dr. Jonathan Ricks for additional information (  or 910.775.4041)


                                  Admission Deadlines For Early Consideration

                                  Application materials and all supporting documentation should be submitted to The Graduate School of at least one month prior to the projected enrollment date (at least six months prior to the projected enrollment date for international students), or by the application deadline for early admission consideration established by specific programs.