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.

Art Education (M.A.T.)

Master of Arts in Teaching, Art concentration

Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Fully Online program (7 week courses) or face-to-face courses, with concentrations in:

Business Analytics

General Business Administration


Financial Services

Forensic Accounting

Healthcare Administration

Supply Chain Management

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

Elementary Education (M.A.Ed.) Fully online program

English Education (M.A.)

Middle Grades, grades 6-9

Secondary Education, grades 9-12

English Non-licensure

English as a Second Lang. Licensure Add-on

Exercise/Sports Administration concentration in Physical Education (M.A.)

Mathematics Education (M.A.)

Middle Grades, grades 6-9 

Secondary, grades 9-12


Middle Grades Education (M.A.Ed.)

English specialization

Mathematics specialization

Science specialization

Social Studies specialization

Nursing (M.S.N)

Nurse Educator

Clinical Nurse Leader

Rural Case Manager


Health and Physical Education (M.A.)

Public Administration (M.P.A.)

Public Administration General Track

Emergency Management Concentration

Criminal Justice Concentration

Health Administration Concentration

Five-year BA/MPA program

Reading Education (M.A. Ed.)

School Administration (M.S.A.)

Full program

MSA add-on licensure

Professional School Counseling (M.A. Ed.)

School Counseling licensure-only program

Science Education (M.A.)

Middle Grades, grades 6-9 

Secondary Education, grades 9-12

Science Non-licensure

Social Studies Education (M.A.)

Middle Grades, grades 6-9

Secondary Education, grades 9-12

History/Social Science Non-licensure

Social Work (M.S.W.)

Advanced Standing 


School Social Work Licensure

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Art Education

Elementary Education

Health and Physical Education

Middle Grades Education: Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies Education

Secondary Education: English, Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies Education

Special Education

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 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. Shenika Jones for additional information ( or 910.521.6354).
  • Graduate Certificate in Addictions Counseling 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 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 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.