The environment at UNC Charlotte is one of balance: state-of-the-art facilities juxtaposed with contemporary architecture alongside scenic natural resources. Light rail connects the main campus to uptown Charlotte and the University's Center City Campus, offering the excitement of city living--with acclaimed dining, sports, shopping and entertainment-paired with a warm sense of community for which Charlotte is known.
Charlotte is ranked by Yelp as the No. 1 city in the United States for Economic Opportunity; No. 1 by CompTIA as the Best Place for IT Professionals to Live and Work and No. 22 by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Places to Live. In 2020, several of our Online Programs ranked top-tier with U.S. News an World Report. In 2016, UNC Charlotte was categorized as a doctoral-granting institution with higher research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UNC Charlotte enjoys a close relationship with the Charlotte region's thriving business communities, who are partners to help train, educate, hire and promote our students.
Each of our programs has a designated Graduate Program Director (GPD) who manages the program. If you have questions about a program or wonder if a particular program may be a good fit for you, the GPD can help.
Graduate researchers at UNC Charlotte are reaching crescendos in their academic careers thanks to an engaged research environment nurtured by talented faculty within the various academic colleges. Our focus is on applied research, teaching and responsive public service. This drive, paired with our collaborative partnerships with regional businesses and organizations, makes UNC Charlotte the region's premier urban research university.
We believe diversity inspires innovation, and we are committed to equal opportunity education. That's why we actively recruit a diverse body of talented student; promote diversity initiatives on campus; and work to foster a culture of inclusion and respect.
Academic background, professional experience, standardized test scores, recommendations, research experience. These elements and more combine to give UNC Charlotte a glimpse of who you are as a prospective student. That's why Graduate Program Directors approach the application process holistically, considering information that may indicate an applicant's potential for success in a given program.
UNC Charlotte offers a variety of funding opportunities to graduate students. From scholarships and fellowships, to financial aid and work assistantships, there are numerous programs for which a new student may qualify. Additionally, your Graduate Program Director can help you learn more about available funding from your academic college, department or program.
Visit the Graduate School’s 'funding' website to learn how graduate student funding works and see how you can afford to invest in a graduate education.
UNC Charlotte's Graduate School offers information sessions that allow prospective students to ask questions and learn more about our graduate programs, admission requirements, the application process, student life, additional resources and more. Some academic programs also hold information sessions and open houses, so be sure to keep in touch with the program Graduate Program Director or check the program website for updates. Graduate Admissions is located on the second floor of Cato Hall. Visit the online Campus Maps for directions and parking information.
We encourage you to apply for graduate admission at UNC Charlotte. The application process is performed entirely online. If you haven’t already, please set up your prospective student portal account. This is your gateway to the application process and a valuable tool to stay informed about graduate programs.
Please refer to the Application Requirements for information pertinent to the process. Graduate Admissions Counselors are also available to answer questions if you cannot locate answers in the FAQs. You may email the counselors at firstname.lastname@example.org.