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Welcome to The Graduate School at UNCP. We hope to welcome you to our Grad School family, soon. Please see admission information below and contact us with any questions: [email protected] or 910.521.6271.
The Graduate School admits students in one of the following categories:
The information below describes each of these categories and the requirements for admission into each. Information is also provided for:
Full Admission to a Program
To be eligible for consideration for full or provisional admission to a degree program, an applicant must:
a) submit a completed online application;
b) pay a $45.00 non‑refundable application fee ($60.00 for international applicants);
c) submit one official transcript from all colleges/universities attended (see requirements below);
d) submit an official report of satisfactory scores on an entrance examination (required for some programs);
e) have three academic and/or professional recommendations submitted on her/his behalf (NOTE: MBA no longer requires recommendations); and
f) submit a copy of a current NC teaching license, or a current license from another state, if applicable.
Some programs may have additional application requirements, such as an essay, personal interview, background check, or audition. See the program-specific requirements, deadlines, reference stipulations on the individual program websites. Information about the admissions requirements for international students can be found in a separate section below and on The Graduate School website.
For Graduate School admission consideration, one (1) official transcript is required from each university, college, community college, junior college and high school dual enrollment institution attended. Official transcripts are received in a sealed envelope from the awarding institution or electronically delivered via an approved third party vendor. An unofficial transcript may be used for admission decision purposes but official transcripts are required for enrollment.
Some programs require higher GPAs for admission, (check Program Specific Requirements) but a satisfactory undergraduate academic record for admission into UNCP’s Graduate School is one in which a student meets at least one of the following minimum GPA (4.0 scale) requirements: an overall GPA of at least a 2.5 on all undergraduate work, or an overall GPA of at least a 3.0 in the undergraduate major, or a GPA of at least a 3.0 on all undergraduate work taken in the senior year (last thirty hours).
Entrance Examination Requirement for Admission
Applicants for some programs are required to submit an official report of satisfactory scores on an appropriate standardized entrance examination as described below. If an applicant already holds a master’s degree or above (e.g., master’s, doctorate, J.D.), the entrance test requirement may be waived.
• Mathematics Education, Middle Grades Education (except science), Reading Education and School Administration applicants submit test scores for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
• English program (MA and MAT) applicants 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).
• Business Administration (MBA) applicants submit GRE or Graduate Management Admissions (GMAT) test scores. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA over 3.0 (4.0 scale) do NOT have to submit test scores.
• Master of Public Administration (MPA) applicants submit GRE test scores. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher or a a 3.5 or higher in their undergraduate major do not have to submit test scores.
a) The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is an hour-long test of analytical ability consisting of 120 analogy problems. The MAT is offered by Office for Regional Initiatives, located at The Carolina Commerce and Technology Center (COMTech) on Livermore Drive. To schedule a sitting for the MAT, applicants may call (910-775.4000); additional information is available at The Testing Center.
b) The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) assesses analytical writing, critical thinking, and verbal and quantitative reasoning skills and is offered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) of Princeton, NJ. Additional information is available at the ETS website (www.gre.org). NEW: The GRE is offered by Office for Regional Initiatives, located at The Carolina Commerce and Technology Center (COMTech) on Livermore Drive. To schedule a sitting for the GRE (given on certain dates), call (910-775.4000); additional information is available at The Testing Center.
c) The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) assesses quantitative, verbal, and reasoning skills and is offered by the ETS Graduate Management Admissions Council. Additional information is available at the ETS website (www.mba.com and a student’s guide for taking the GMAT).NEW–The GRE will be offered by Office for Regional Initiatives (August 2017), located at The Carolina Commerce and Technology Center (COMTech) on Livermore Drive.
If an applicant already holds a master’s degree or above (e.g., master’s, doctorate, J.D.), the entrance test requirement may be waived.
Applicants should have three academic and/or professional recommendations submitted on their behalf. The applicant will supply recommender information in the online application. At least one recommendation should come from a college/university faculty member in the undergraduate major of the applicant. The other references should come from the applicant’s employers/supervisors, if applicable. Applicants should check for program specific requirements and note that MBA no longer requires recommendations.
Licensure Requirement for Admission to Education Programs
Applicants for all graduate degrees leading to licensure by the North Carolina State Board of Education— other than Master of Arts in Teaching degree—must submit a copy of any current licenses held. This includes applicants to the M.S.A. program, an M.A. licensure program, or an M.A.Ed. program (except for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Professional School Counseling programs).
In some programs, students without current licensure are admitted to a non-licensure track and are required to sign a waiver of North Carolina Standard Professional I and M level licensure. It is the individual’s responsibility to determine the requirements of any licensure reciprocity agreement that may exist between North Carolina and another state. Reciprocity does not guarantee that all areas of licensure will transfer directly from one state to another. The applicant is encouraged to contact the School of Education Licensure Office and/or the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction concerning licensure requirements and reciprocity agreements with other states.