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

Birth-Kindergarten Education | Business AdministrationClinical Mental Health CounselingElementary Education | English Education | Masters of Arts in Teaching  Mathematics Education  Nursing | Physical Education | Professional School Counseling | Public Administration | Reading Education | School Administration | Science Education | Social Studies Education | Social Work | Spanish Education | Sport Administration |

Birth-Kindergarten Education

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

This program is for applicants who do not have a teaching license but would like to earn licensure as they earn their master's degree. In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • Names of two professional references, including one school administrator (if applicable).
  • A GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0 scale)  for full admission and 2.65 or higher for conditional admission. Applicants with a GPA below 2.65 should consider applying as an Enrichment student as a pathway to the M.A.T. program.
  • 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.

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 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.

COMMON BODY OF KNOWLEDGE or FOUNDATION REQUIREMENTS

Principles of Accounting, 6 hours

or

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

Principles of Finance, 3 hours

or

FIN 5010, Foundations of Finance, 3 hours

Principles of Economics, 6 hours

or

ECN 5030 Foundations of Microeconomics/Macroeconomics, 3 hours

Quantitative Methods, 3 hours

or

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

 

CLINICAL MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

Summer and Fall admissions only. Application review begins February 1. After February 1, applications will be reviewed in the order they are received, based on program availability. 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

The UNCP Department of Counseling allows professional counselors who may need additional counseling courses for licensure or credentialing to take classes as enrichment students. Acceptance depends upon the space available in each course. We reserve seats in these classes first for currently enrolled counseling students and then, if space is available, we will admit enrichment students no less than 10 business days after registration opens for degree-seeking students.  

Enrichment students are not permitted to register for UNCP Department of Counseling Field Placement classes. Field Placement classes include Practicum and Internship: CNS 6100, CNS 6120, and CNS 6130.  Field Placement classes are not permitted as part of an enrichment student’s plan of study.  

Individuals seeking to enroll in enrichment studies must:

a) submit a completed online application;

b) pay a non-refundable application fee;

c) submit an official transcript from all colleges/universities attended (see requirements above).

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.

 

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

There are two program options:

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

This program is for applicants who do not have a teaching license but would like to earn licensure as they earn their master's degree. In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • Names of two professional references, including one school administrator (if applicable).
  • A GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0 scale)  for full admission and 2.65 or higher for conditional admission.  Applicants with a GPA below 2.65 should consider applying as an Enrichment student as a pathway to the M.A.T. program.
  • 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.

Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.):

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

In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • A GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • A copy of their teaching license
  • Name of three professional references

ENGLISH EDUCATION

Degree options include M.A.T., M.A.Ed., and M.A.

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

  • English Education- Secondary Licensure (9-12)
  • Language Arts- Middle Grades Licensure (6-9)

This option is for applicants who do not have a teaching license but would like to earn licensure as they earn their master's degree. In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • Names of two professional references, including one school administrator (if applicable).
  • A GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0 scale)  for full admission and 2.65 or higher for conditional admission.  Applicants with a GPA below 2.65 should consider applying as an Enrichment student as a pathway to the M.A.T. program.
  • 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.
  • A passing score on the Praxis II, an appropriate degree, or the following English prerequisites (or equivalents):

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

The above courses:

  • Will be completed before enrolling in EED or graduate ENG classes.
  • May be taken concurrently 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.

Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.):

  • Language Arts- Middle Grades Licensure (6-9)

This program requires that the applicant hold an “A” license or be eligible to hold an “A” license in the appropriate content area at the time of application. Applicants seeking an initial teaching license should see the Master of Arts in Teaching  (M.A.T.) Program.

In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • A GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • A copy of their teaching license in the content area
  • Name of three professional references

Master of Arts (M.A.): 

  • English Education- Non-licensure 
  • English Education- Secondary Licensure (9-12)*

       *This program requires that the applicant hold an “A” license or be eligible to hold an “A” license in the appropriate content area at the time of application. Applicants seeking an initial teaching license should see the Master of Arts in  Teaching  (M.A.T.) Program.

In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • A GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Name of three professional references
  • A copy of their teaching license in the content area (secondary licensure only)
  • Non-licensure declaration form (non-licensure only)
  • 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). 

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING

This program is for applicants who do not have a teaching license but would like to earn licensure as they earn their master's degree in Art, Birth-Kindergarten, Elementary, English, Health and Physical, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, or Special Education. In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • A bachelor's degree appropriate for the licensure area the applicant is seeking. Undergraduate prerequisites may become part of a student's required coursework if it is necessary for the successful completion of graduate courses in the content area.
  • Names of two professional references, including one school administrator (if applicable).
  • A GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0 scale)  for full admission and 2.65 or higher for conditional admission.  (Applicants with a GPA below 2.65 should consider applying as an Enrichment student as a pathway to the M.A.T. program)
  • 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 an undergraduate background in English can submit passing Praxis II scores in the content areas or 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 concurrently 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.

For Social Studies MAT applicants only:

MAT candidates without an undergraduate degree in History, Political Science, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, or Economics must complete one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Praxis II in Social Studies OR
  • Completion of 24 hours in a social studies content area AND satisfactory coursework in history (15 hours), political science (6 hours), psychology or sociology (3 hours), geography (3 hours), and economics (6 hours)

If candidates do not have the requisite content, they can be admitted with the condition of taking additional content coursework as part of their program of study. Please consult with the Program Director for more information on conditional admission.

For Spanish MAT applicants only:

All applicants will be required to have an admission interview in Spanish with the Director of the M.A.T. in Spanish Education program. The interview will be recorded and used to evaluate aural and oral proficiency (like an OPI interview using the ACTFL scale)

  • M.A.T. candidates without an undergraduate background in Spanish must complete the following Spanish prerequisites (or equivalents):

    • SPN 3200: Literary Analysis and Criticism in Spanish
    • SPN 3700: Advanced Grammar and Composition (3 credits)
    • Or have passed the Praxis II Spanish (World Language 5195) before being accepted into the program. Qualifying score: 168

Mathematics Education

There are three pathways to degrees in Mathematics Education.

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

Mathematics Education- Middle grades Licensure (6-9)

Mathematics Education- Secondary Licensure (9-12)

This program is for applicants who do not have a teaching license but would like to earn licensure as they earn their master's degree. In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • Names of two professional references, including one school administrator (if applicable).
  • A GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0 scale)  for full admission and 2.65 or higher for conditional admission.  (Applicants with a GPA below 2.65 should consider applying as an Enrichment student as a pathway to the M.A.T. program)
  • 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.
  • A passing score on the Praxis II, an appropriate degree, or 24 hours of undergraduate or graduate mathematics coursework

Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)

Mathematics Education- Middle Grades Licensure (6-9)

In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Names of three people who will provide professional recommendations
  • Copy of teaching license in the content area

Master of Arts in Mathematics Education (M.A.) 

Mathematics Education- Non-Licensure

Mathematics Education- Secondary licensure (9-12)

In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Names of three people who will provide professional recommendations
  • Copy of teaching license in the content area (licensure only)
  • Non-licensure declaration form (non-licensure only)

NURSING

In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • A 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
  • A copy of current, valid North Carolina nursing license with multi-state practice privileges by authority of the Nurse Licensure Compact
  • A current résumé or curriculum vitae of educational and work experience
  • The 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
  • A Baccalaureate of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited NLN or CCNE School of Nursing
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale is 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. A copy of physical health examination and immunizations as required by the university and Department of Nursing;
  2. A copy of current BCLS certification by the American Heart Association; and
  3. A 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

The MAT in Health and Physical Education is for applicants seeking a master's degree and teaching licensure. This program is for applicants who do not have a teaching license but would like to earn licensure as they earn their master's degree. In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • Names of two professional references, including one school administrator (if applicable).
  • A GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0 scale)  for full admission and 2.65 or higher for conditional admission. Applicants with a GPA below 2.65 should consider applying as an Enrichment student as a pathway to the M.A.T. program.
  • 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.

PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL COUNSELING

Summer and Fall admissions only. Application review begins February 1. After February 1, applications will be reviewed in the order they are received, based on program availability. In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

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

NON-DEGREE-SEEKING COUNSELING STUDENTS

The UNCP Department of Counseling allows professional counselors who may need additional counseling courses for licensure or credentialing to take our classes. Acceptance depends upon the space available in each course. We reserve seats in these classes first for currently enrolled counseling students, and then, if space is available, we will admit enrichment students no less than 10 business days after registration opens for degree-seeking students.  

Enrichment students are not permitted to register for UNCP Department of Counseling Field Placement classes. Field Placement classes include Practicum and Internship: CNS 6100, CNS 6120, CNS 6130.  Field Placement classes are not permitted as part of an enrichment student’s plan of study.  

Individuals seeking to enroll in enrichment studies must:

  • submit a completed online application;
  • pay a non-refundable application fee;
  • submit an official transcript from all colleges/universities attended (see requirements above).

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.

 

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Fall and Spring admissions only. In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • GRE scores unless the 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.

READING EDUCATION PROGRAM

There are two program options:

MA.Ed. in Reading Education- K-12 Licensure

In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • A GPA of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) on all previous work completed beyond high school (secondary school).
  • A professional teaching license and a minimum of one year of teaching experience. The MA.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. 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.
  • Three professional references, of which one should be a current administrator/supervisor who is familiar with your teaching/career goals.
  • A statement of purpose. A statement of purpose is a critical piece of a Graduate School application because it 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.

MA.Ed. in Reading Education-Non-licensure

In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • A GPA of at least 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) on all previous work completed beyond high school (secondary school).
  • Three professional references, of which one should be a current administrator/supervisor who is familiar with your teaching/career goals.
  • A statement of purpose. A statement of purpose is a critical piece of a Graduate School application because it 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.

Note: Graduates from the program who do not have a professional educator's license can earn the M.A.Ed. in Reading degree but will not be eligible for licensure at any level (this is the non-licensure route).

SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

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 the MSA program and an application for a license). In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • A 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 North Carolina Continuing Professional License. The license must be a continuing NC license indicating 3 full 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?

ADD-ON LICENSURE IN SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION

For applicants who hold a 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 and those 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 that 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.

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

Science Education- Middle Grades Licensure (6-9)

Science Education- Secondary Licensure (9-12)

This program is for applicants who do not have a teaching license but would like to earn licensure as they earn their master's degree. In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • Names of two professional references, including one school administrator (if applicable)
  • A GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0 scale)  for full admission and 2.65 or higher for conditional admission.  (Applicants with a GPA below 2.65 should consider applying as an Enrichment student as a pathway to the M.A.T. program)
  • 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.
  • A passing score on the Praxis II, an appropriate degree in the content area, or 24 hours of undergraduate or graduate science coursework

Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)

Science Education- Middle Grades Licensure (6-9)

In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Names of three people who will provide professional recommendations
  • Copy of teaching license in the content area

Master of Arts in Science Education (M.A.) 

Concentrations in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Physics

In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Names of three people who will provide professional recommendations
  • Copy of teaching license in the content area

SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION

There are three pathways to degrees in Social Studies Education

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

Social Studies Education- Middle Grades Licensure (6-9)

Social Studies Education- Secondary Licensure (9-12)

This program is for applicants who do not have a teaching license but would like to earn licensure as they earn their master's degree. In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • Names of two professional references, including one school administrator (if applicable).
  • A GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0 scale)  for full admission and 2.65 or higher for conditional admission.  (Applicants with a GPA below 2.65 should consider applying as an Enrichment student as a pathway to the M.A.T. program)
  • A 150-250 word statement detailing goals, teaching philosophy, and connection to the MAT program. Please include a brief discussion of your current teaching assignment in your statement of purpose.
  • MAT candidates without an undergraduate degree in History, Political Science, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, or Economics must complete one of the following:

    • Successful completion of the Praxis II in Social Studies OR
    • Completion of 24 hours in a social studies content area AND satisfactory coursework in history (15 hours), political science (6 hours), psychology or sociology (3 hours), geography (3 hours), and economics (6 hours)
    • If candidates do not have the requisite content, they can be admitted with the condition of taking additional content coursework as part of their program of study. Please consult with the Program Director for more information on conditional admission.

Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)

  • Social Studies Education- Middle Grades Licensure (6-9)

In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Names of three people who will provide professional recommendations
  • Copy of teaching license in the content area

Master of Arts in Social Studies Education (M.A.)

  • Social Studies Education- History
  • Social Studies Education- Social Sciences

In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Names of three people who will provide professional recommendations
  • Copy of teaching license in the content area

SOCIAL WORK

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)

  • Hybrid Program Application Deadline: April 1st
  • Start date: Summer I Session (early May)

- Traditional (50-62 credit hours; minimum required undergraduate GPA of 2.75 overall for the hybrid program; 3.0 or higher GPA for the fully online program)

  • Online Program Application Deadline: March 1st
  • Hybrid Program Application Deadline: July 1st
  • Start date: Fall Semester (mid-August)

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 prerequisites for admission).

Essay

  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 (Hybrid Traditional Program Only)

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 hybrid 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).

-School Social Work Licensure Only Applicants (Hold a MSW degree from a CSWE-Accredited institution, be employed as a school social worker in a public school setting in NC) Click here for more information.

Applicants are to submit:

  1. An official transcript reflecting MSW degree completion
  2. A letter from the applicant's school district verifying employment as a school social worker

    Spanish Education

    The MAT in Spanish Education is for applicants who do not have a teaching license but would like to earn licensure as they earn their master's degree. In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

    • Names of two professional references, including one school administrator (if applicable).
    • A GPA of 2.75 or higher (4.0 scale)  for full admission and 2.65 or higher for conditional admission. Applicants with a GPA below 2.65 should consider applying as an Enrichment student as a pathway to the M.A.T. program.
    • 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.

    Additionally,

    • All applicants will be required to have an admission interview in Spanish with the Director of the M.A.T. in Spanish Education program. The interview will be recorded and used to evaluate aural and oral proficiency (like an OPI interview using the ACTFL scale)

    • M.A.T. candidates without an undergraduate background in Spanish must complete the following Spanish prerequisites (or equivalents):
      • SPN 3200: Literary Analysis and Criticism in Spanish
      • SPN 3700: Advanced Grammar and Composition (3 credits)
      • Or have passed the Praxis II Spanish (World Language 5195) before being accepted into the program. Qualifying score: 168

     

    SPORT ADMINISTRATION

    In addition to the application, fee, and transcripts, applicants need:

    • 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, and
    • Have successfully completed a basic statistics course