Program-Specific Requirements

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An applicant to the UNCP Graduate School must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting body. As described on the Admissions webpage (please check page for specifics), below are the basic UNCP Graduate School admission requirements:

a) online application;
b) application fee;
c) official transcripts from all universities attended (NOTE: You do not need to submit a UNCP transcript NOR any transcript previously sent to UNCP in which the coursework appears on the UNCP transcript;
d) entrance examination scores (required for some programs);
e) professional recommendations (NOT required for MBA); and
f) copy of license (such as nursing or teaching), if applicable.

Click on the program name of interest below or scroll down to see additional and program-specific admission requirements

Business Administration | Clinical Mental Health CounselingElementary Education | Masters of Arts in Teaching  Nursing Physical Education and Sports Administration | Professional School Counseling | Public Administration | Reading Education | School Administration | Add-on Licensure in School Administration | Science Education | Social Studies Education | Social Work

MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION (M.B.A.)

The MBA program currently requires the following for admission consideration:  application, fee, transcripts and GRE or GMAT scores (test scores are not required if undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher, see Admissions for more information).

Applicants who have not completed the Common Body of Knowledge, including calculus, as part of their undergraduate work will be required to complete appropriate CBK or Foundations Courses as pre-requisites. These courses do not count toward the degree hours.

COMMON BODY OF KNOWLEDGE or FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS

Prin. of Accounting, 6 hrs

or

ACC 5010 Financial and Managerial Accounting, 3 hours

Prin. of Finance, 3 hours

or

FIN 5010 Foundations of Finance, 3 hours

Prin. of Marketing, 3 hrs

Prin. of Management, 3hrs

or

MGT 5010 Foundations of Marketing and Management, 3 hours

Prin. of Econ., 6 hours

or

ECN 5030 Financial and Managerial Economics, 3 hours

Quanti. Methods , 6 hours

or

DSC 5050 Found. of Bus Stat, 3 hours

Calculus, at least 3 hours

or

DSC 5010 Foundations of Analytical Methods (4 credits)

CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

Summer and Fall admissions only. Application review begins February 1. Application requirements for this program include: online application, fee, transcripts, and applicant must:

  1. have a 2.8 undergraduate GPA;
  2. submit an essay detailing their reasons for apply to the program, relevant experiences and personal career goals relevant to professional counseling;
  3. submit the names of three individuals with whom the applicant has professional affiliation, such as former faculty members or supervisors, who will provide a recommendation on the applicant's behalf
  4. submit a resume or CV; and
  5. participate in an interview with program faculty.  Interviews are to begin around February 15.

NON-DEGREE SEEKING COUNSELING STUDENTS

Prospective students interested in registering for coursework to achieve credentialing in either of the graduate counseling areas ( Professional School Counseling or Clinical Mental Health Counseling) should contact the Non-Degree Seeking Student Coordinator, Dr. Jeff Warren, for information.

MASTER OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

This program requires that teachers must hold an “A” license or be eligible to hold an “A” license at the time of application. Two years full-time teaching experience is recommended but not required.  Applicants seeking an initial teaching license should see the Master of Arts in Teaching Program.

Applicants submit: online application, fee, transcripts, names for recommendations and copy of teaching license.

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING

This program is for applicants who do not have a teaching license, but would like to earn licensure at both the undergraduate and graduate level as they earn their master's degree in Art, English, Health and Physical, Science, Social Studies and Elementary Education. In addition to the application, fee, transcripts and names for professional recommendations, applicants need:

  • A bachelor's degree appropriate for the licensure area they seek. Undergraduate pre-requisites may become part of a student's required course work if it is necessary for successful completion of graduate courses in the content area.
  • A GPA of 2.7 or higher (4.0 scale) and 2.8 for Physical Education.

NURSING

Application requirements for this program include:

  • Online application and fee,
  • Transcripts,
  • Personal statement describing 1) nursing experience 2) interest/objectives in undertaking graduate study in the chosen specialty area and 3) special circumstances that require further clarification,
  • Copy of current, valid North Carolina nursing license with multi-state practice privileges by authority of the Nurse Licensure Compact,
  • Current résumé or curriculum vitae of educational and work experience, and
  • Names of three people who will provide professional recommendations (through application portal) from instructors, supervisors or professional colleagues, two of which must come from individuals with a minimum of a master’s degree in nursing, and have:
  • Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited NLN or CCNE School of Nursing,
  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale preferred,
  • Nursing Practice experience (one year completed), and have
  • Completed of a course in Descriptive/Inferential Statistics with a minimum grade of “C” or higher.

Note: Applicants who graduated from their BSN programs over 5 years ago must demonstrate competency in basic health assessment, nursing research, pathophysiology, and pharmacology.

Admitted students must provide the following before starting the program:

  1. copy of physical health examination and immunizations as required by the university and Department of Nursing;
  2. copy of current BCLS certification by the American Heart Association; and
  3. copy of professional liability insurance – all students must present evidence of coverage annually in the amounts of $1 million/$6 million due to clinical practicum requirements of the graduate program.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND SPORTS ADMINISTRATION

Heath and Physical Education offers three pathways to a degree:

  1. The MAT in Health and Physical Education (see Master of Arts in Teaching, above) is for applicants seeking a master's degree and teaching licensure. 
  2. The MA in Health and Physical Education (leads to advanced licensure) and
  3. The M.A. in Physical Education with a concentration in Exercise/Sports Administration.
  • Applicants submit the application, fee, transcripts (need a 2.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale or greater), names of three people who will provide professional recommendations, and licensure (for MA in Health and PE).
  • The department requires a course in basic statistics for full admission.

PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING

Summer and Fall admissions only. Application review begins February 1. Application requirements for this program include: online application, fee, transcripts, and applicant must:

  1. have at least a 2.7 undergraduate GPA;
  2. submit an essay detailing their reasons for apply to the program, relevant experiences and personal career goals relevant to professional counseling;
  3. submit the names of three individuals with whom the applicant has professional affiliation, such as former faculty members or supervisors, who will provide a recommendation on the applicant's behalf;
  4. submit a resume or CV; and
  5. participate in an interview with program faculty.  The first interviews are to be scheduled around February 15 and occur February 16-28. 

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Applicants submit:

  • Application and fee,
  • Transcripts (overall or major GPA of 3.0+ is preferred),
  • GRE scores UNLESS undergraduate or major GPA is ≥ 3.5,
  • Names of three people who will provide professional recommendations, and
  • An essay describing their academic and professional preparation and reason(s) for seeking admission to the program. Essays should be one or two pages in length and describe what the applicant could bring to the program and what s/he hopes to gain.

READING EDUCATION PROGRAM

One year of teaching experience required.  Applicants submit:

  • Application and fee,
  • Transcripts (overall or major GPA of 3.0+ is preferred),
  • GRE or MAT (preferred) test scores
  • Names of three people who will provide professional recommendations --One of three recommendations should be from a current administrator/supervisor who is familiar with applicant's teaching/career goals, and
  • Copy of teaching license.

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

Applicants must have completed three years of teaching prior to admission to the program. Those who are currently in their third year may apply, but no courses may be taken until after the third academic year of experience is concluded.  Applicants should submit:

  • Application and fee,
  • Transcripts:  should indicate a 3.0 GPA overall, in the senior year, in the major, or in graduate coursework.
  • GRE scores UNLESS undergraduate or major GPA is ≥ 3.5,
  • Names of three people who will provide professional recommendations:  Should include: a current administrator (i.e., building principal); a colleague familiar with the applicant's teaching and administrative aptitude; and a former professor, (current or former) administrator, or other superior knowledgeable of the applicants potential for graduate-level coursework, teaching ability, or administrative aptitude.
  • Copy of teaching license.
  • Statement answering the following questions:
  1. Why do you want to become an administrator (principal, coordinator, etc.)?
  2. As an administrator, what communication approaches would be most effective for you?
  3. How would you delegate responsibilities to others?
  4. How would this administrative position be most rewarding to you?
  5. What do you consider to be your major strengths as an administrator?

ADD-ON LICENSURE IN SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

See requirements for School Administration and note:

  • Admission to this non-degree program is highly selective. Applications from those with exceptionally strong academic credentials and test scores who currently hold an administrative position will be most favorably reviewed.
  • Applications to this program which do not meet all criteria will be reviewed for admission to the full degree program.

SCIENCE EDUCATION

There are three pathways to degrees in Science Education, the MA (for licensed teachers), the MAT (for those seeking licensure, see Masters of Arts in Teaching, above) and MA non-licensure.  Interested applicants submit:

  • Application and fee,
  • Transcripts (2.7 GPA required for MAT),
  • Names of three people who will provide professional recommendations,
  • Copy of teaching license (if applicable).

Applicants to the M.A. or the M.A.T. degree programs should contact and hold an interview with the program director.

SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION

Applicants to the M.A. or the M.A.T. degree programs submit a letter describing what they hope to gain from the program and, in light of their current philosophy of social studies education, how the applicant assumes the program will affect classroom practices.

SOCIAL WORK

There are three avenues to an MSW degree described below with preferred deadlines. 

 1. Advanced Standing (33 credit hours; minimum required undergraduate GPA of 3.2 overall and Bachelor of Social Work degree from CSWE accredited university within past 5 years required for consideration)

   a.  Application deadline: April 15th
   b.  Start date: Summer I Session

2.  Fast Track (45 credit hours; minimum required undergraduate GPA of 2.75 overall,  and Bachelor of Social Work degree from CSWE accredited university within past 5 years required for consideration)
   a.  Application deadline: April 15th
   b.  Start date: Summer I Session

3. Traditional (48-60 credit hours; minimum required undergraduate GPA of 2.75 overall
    a.  Application deadline: July 15th
    b.  Start date: Fall Semester

Applicants are to submit:

  • Application and fee,
  • Transcripts,*
  • Names for recommendations--Request recommendations from professional supervisors or university faculty who are not members of the UNCP Social Work Department,
  • An essay [see below]
  • Criminal background check at: www.applicationstation.com (*Please contact The Graduate School at 910.521.6271 prior to requesting the background check)
  • Have the coursework listed in bottom chart (or know that they will be pre-requisites for admission).

Essay

Applicants should submit an essay in the application portal.  The Essay should be approximately four to six pages in length and demonstrate the applicant’s ability to thoroughly construct an argument, indicate the applicant’s professional and academic goals, and reflect congruence with the values and ethics of professional social work practice as specified through the National Association of Social Workers Code of Ethics.

MSW Admissions Considerations for Applicants without Minimum GPA Requirement

Students who do not meet the minimum undergraduate degree GPA admission criteria of 2.75 but have at least 2.50 GPA may be considered for the 2-Year or 36-Hour program if they meet one or more of the following criteria:  

  1.      Minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 = "A" grade scale) in the last 60 hours of his/her bachelor's degree program.
  2.      Minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 = "A" grade scale) in a master's degree program.  
  3.      Minimum of 3.00 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 = “A” grade scale) in a graduate-level work attempted (applicant must complete at least 9 hours of the attempted graduate-level work with a letter/specified grade).
  4.      A GRE score of at least 148 in Verbal Reasoning, 145 in Quantitative Reasoning, and 3.5 in Analytical Writing.
  5.      A high overall admission assessment score on submitted admission materials such as narrative essay, resume, recommendation, etc. (Applicant’s level of assessment score is determined by the Admission Committee/Program Director for each admission cycle).

REQUIRED PRE-REQUISITES FOR ENTRY TO THE MSW PROGRAM

Course Courses that meet the requirement Additional courses

Statistics

SWK/CRJ/SOC 3600, MAT 2100, PSY 2080 Or equivalent statistics class
Political Science PSPA 1000 or 1010 Or equivalent Intro to Political Science or American Government
Psychology PSY 1010 Or equivalent Introduction to Psychology
Sociology SOC 1020 or SOC 2090 Or equivalent Intro to Sociology or Social Problems
Human Biology BIO 1030 or PED 3490 or BIO 2110 Or equivalent Human Biology, Human Anatomy and Physiology

Economics

ECN 1000, 2020, 2030 or GGY 2060

Or equivalent