Program-Specific Requirements

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An applicant to the UNCP Graduate School must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by one of the CHEA-Recognized Accrediting Organizations. 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 | English 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 



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 2.7 or higher, see Admissions for more information). Applicants who already hold a master's degree from a regionally-accredited institution are not required to submit test scores.

All students will have to show evidence of either completion of undergraduate Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) courses in business or completion of foundation courses as prerequisites to the formal MBA courses. Since the foundation courses are at a 5000 level, they are considered graduate-level courses. Students taking the foundation courses must complete them successfully, as defined in The Graduate School's regulations for Master’s Degree Requirements.


Principles of Accounting, 6 hours


ACC 5010, Foundations of Financial and Managerial Accounting, 3 hours

Principles of Finance, 3 hours


FIN 5010, Foundations of Finance, 3 hours

Principles of Economics, 6 hours


ECN 5030 Foundations of Microeconomics/Macroeconomics, 3 hours

Quantitative Methods, 3 hours


DSC 5050, Foundations of Business Statistics, 3 hours

For Forensic Accounting Concentration only:

Four prerequisite courses are required for admission into the Forensic Accounting concentration:

  • Intermediate Accounting I or equivalent, 
  • Intermediate Accounting II or equivalent, 
  • Accounting Information Systems or equivalent, and 
  • Auditing or equivalent



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.


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. Nicole Stargell, for information.



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.



English program (MA program only) applicants must 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). 



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 2.75 or higher (4.0 scale)  for full admission and 2.65 or higher for conditional admission.
  • As a part of the application process, applicants are required to submit a 150-250 word statement detailing their goals, teaching philosophy, and connection to the MAT program. Please include a brief discussion of your current teaching assignment in your statement of purpose.
For English Education MAT applicants only:

MAT candidates without prior undergraduate background in English must complete the following English prerequisites (or equivalents):

  1. ENG 3040 (Principles of Literary Study)
  2. ENG 2050 (World Literature Before 1660) or ENG 2060 (World Literature After 1660)
  3. ENG 2230 (American Literature Before 1865)or ENG 2240 (American Literature After 1865)
  4. ENG 2470 (British Literature Before 1790) or ENG 2480 (British Literature After 1790)
  5. ENG 3710 (English Grammar) or ENG 3460 (Aspects of the English Language)
  6. At least one 3000 or 4000 level literature course

The above courses

  1. Will be completed before enrolling in EED or graduate ENG classes.
  2. May be taken concurrent with enrollment in EDN courses or ENG 5000.

Candidates for admission with very few undergraduate courses in English are thus encouraged to take some prerequisite courses prior to application for admission.



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
  • Completion 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.



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 are to:

  • Submit the application, fee, transcripts (indicating a 2.8 GPA or greater on a 4.0 scale), and contact information of three people who will provide professional recommendations,
  • Submit a copy of teaching license (for MA in Health and PE), and
  • Have successfully completed a basic statistics course.



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 1) reasons for applying to the program, 2) relevant experiences related to the field, and 3) 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. 


Applicants submit:

  • Application and fee,
  • Transcripts (overall or major GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred),
  • GRE scores are required unless overall undergraduate GPA is greater than or equal to 3.0. Students under a 3.0 GPA may be admitted if they have a GRE score in the 30th percentile in each of the three test sections.
  • Names of three people who will provide professional recommendations. These letters of recommendation need to provide an honest assessment of the applicant's skills, as well as clearly address weaknesses and the ability to persevere.   
  • A statement of purpose that demonstrates strong writing skills and a clear professional direction that the MPA degree will benefit. 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.



Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. GPA of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) on all previous work completed beyond high school (secondary school).
  2. A professional teaching license and minimum one-year teaching experience. The M.Ed. in Reading Education program qualifies graduates who hold a North Carolina professional educator's license for an advanced North Carolina K-12 Reading Education license at the master's level. Graduates from the program who do not have a professional educator's license can earn the M.Ed. in Reading degree but will not be eligible for licensure at any level (this is the non-licensure route). Applicants seeking to obtain the Masters/Advanced competencies "M" license in K-12 reading education must hold an Initial License in any teaching field from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
  3. Three professional references of which one should be a current administrator/supervisor who is familiar with your teaching/career goals.
  4. A statement of purpose. A statement of purpose is a critical piece of a graduation school application that tells who you are, what your academic and professional interests are, and how you'll add value to the graduate program and university community. This is a chance for the program director to get to know you. A statement of purpose should be between 500 and 1,000 words. Use a traditional font (Arial or Times New Roman) at a 12-pt size and double spaced so it is easy to read.

Although standardized test scores are NOT required for admission, GRE or MAT test scores may be submitted as an option by applicants to provide additional information or to supplement their application.



Applicants must have completed 3 years of teaching prior to admission to the program (note that NC law requires 4 years of teaching experience by the completion of MSA program and application for license). Applicants should submit:

  • Application and fee,
  • Transcripts must indicate an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Names of three people who will provide professional recommendations to include: 1) the current principal, 2) a colleague familiar with the applicant’s leadership skills, and 3) an individual knowledgeable of the applicant’s potential to engage in graduate-level coursework, and/or to assume a school leadership position (e.g., current or former professor, or a district-level administrator).
  • Copy of teaching license. License must show full 3 years of teaching experience by the time student begins the MSA program.
  • Statement answering the following questions:
  1. Why do you want to become a school administrator (i.e., principal)?
  2. In a school leadership role, what communication approaches would be most effective?
  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?


For applicants who hold NC teaching license and a master's degree in education.  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.
  • The add-on program is comprised of 24 credit hours.
  • Applications to this program which do not meet all criteria will be reviewed for admission to the full degree program.



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 program),
  • 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 must have minimum required undergraduate GPA of 2.75 overall.

Applicants to the M.A. or the M.A.T. degree programs must 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.

Submit current teaching license, if available.

If applicants have PRAXIS II scores, they should submit them.  Scores are not required.



There are two avenues to an MSW degree described below with preferred deadlines.  (Applicants who are offered admission to the MSW  program will be required to complete a criminal background check.)

- Advanced Standing (35 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)

  • Application deadline: April 15th
  • Start date: Summer I Session (early May)

- Traditional (50-62 credit hours; minimum required undergraduate GPA of 2.75 overall; 3.0 or higher GPA to be competitive)

  • Application deadline: July 15th
  • Start date: Fall Semester

Applicants are to submit:

  • Application and fee,
  • Transcripts which indicate the following course completion:
    • Applicants with a BSW Degree from a CSWE-Accredited University

      1. Human Biology/ Human Development and Growth – 3 hours
      2. Statistics – 3 hours
    • Applicants without a BSW Degree from a CSWE-Accredited University
      1. Basic English Communication Skills – 6 hours
      2. Fine Arts and Humanities – 9 hours
      3. Social Sciences – 9 hours
      4. Human Biology/ Human Development and Growth – 3 hours
      5. Statistics – 3 hours
  • Contact information for recommenders: professional supervisors or university faculty who are not members of the UNCP Social Work Department are preferred
  • An essay (see below)
  • Have the coursework listed below (or know that they will be pre-requisites for admission).


  1. Approximately four to six pages in length (detailed directions HERE).
  2. Demonstrates the applicant’s ability to thoroughly construct an argument, indicates the applicant’s professional and academic goals, and reflects 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 traditional 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).