Early Entry

Exceptional undergraduate students attending UNC Charlotte are encouraged to apply to graduate programs and begin work toward their graduate degree before completion of their baccalaureate degree. 


Benefits

  • Early Entry students will have provisional acceptance to the graduate program, pending the award of the baccalaureate degree, and generally within two semesters.
  • Some early-entry programs are accelerated. Under this model, up to twelve hours earned at the graduate level may be substituted for required undergraduate hours. In other words, up to twelve hours of graduate work may be “double-counted” toward both the baccalaureate and graduate degrees. In no case may more than 12 hours be double-counted.
  • Early Entry students are charged undergraduate tuition and fees for all courses (graduate and undergraduate) for which they register.  Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students are charged graduate tuition and fees.  NOTE:  Students in graduate programs that carry a tuition increment will be charged.  However, this fee will be removed after the add/drop deadline.

Requirements

  • To be considered for Early Entry admission, a student must complete and submit an application via the Graduate School’s admissions system, https://mygradschool.uncc.edu and provide supporting documents.  
  • A student must submit an application for admission after completion of 75 or more hours of undergraduate course work, although it is expected that 90 hours of undergraduate course work will have been earned by the time the first graduate course is taken.
  • A student must have at least a 3.2 overall GPA (on a 4.0 scale), but some programs require a higher GPA.
  • A given graduate program may have more rigorous admissions criteria.
  • If an early entry student has not met the normal admission requirements of a 3.0 GPA at the end of his/her baccalaureate degree, she/he will be dismissed from the graduate program. Students accepted into an early entry program will be subject to the same policies that pertain to other matriculated graduate students. Generally, it will be assumed that early entry students will finish their baccalaureate degree before they complete 15 hours of graduate work (two semesters not including summer terms). No courses taken before admission to the graduate program may be applied to a graduate degree.
  • Students must be enrolled at UNC Charlotte.

Early Entry Programs

PROGRAM GRE/GMAT/MAT REQUIRED? DOUBLE-COUNTED HOURS
Academically or Intellectually Gifted, CERT No 0
Accountancy, MACC Yes - GMAT 3
Africana Studies, CERT  No 6
Anthropology, MA No 12
Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems, MS GRE is waived for UNC Charlotte students enrolled in engineering technology, construction management, or engineering. 12
Architecture, MARCH GRE is waived for early-entry applicants. 12
Athletic Training, MSAT No 10
Bioinformatics, MS GRE/MAT is waived for early-entry applicants. 12
Bioinformatics Applications, CERT

GRE/MAT is waived for early-entry applicants.

12
Bioinformatics Technology, CERT GRE/MAT is waived for early-entry applicants. 12
Biology, MS No 12
Chemistry, MS Yes - GRE 6
Civil Engineering, MSCE GRE is waived for early-entry applicants. 9
Communication Studies, MA GRE is waived for any UNCC undergraduate student who has a faculty sponsor who is a full time member of the COMS faculty and is willing to provide a recommendation to waive the test score. 6
Computer Science, MS  GRE is waived for early-entry applicants. 12
Construction and Facilities Management, MS GRE is waived for UNC Charlotte students currently enrolled in engineering technology, construction managment, engineering, or architecture. 12
Criminal Justice, MS GRE is waived for early-entry applicants. 12
Cyber Security, MS GRE/GMAT is waived for currently enrolled UNC Charlotte undergraduate students who have completed at least three courses successfully with a GPA of 3.2 or better. 12
Data Science and Business Analytics, CERT No 12
Data Science and Business Analytics, MS GRE is waived for early-entry applicants. 12
Earth Sciences, MS Yes - GRE 9
Economics, MS GRE is waived for early-entry applicants with A's and B's in Economics, Math, and Statistics courses. 12
Electrical Engineering, MSEE GRE is waived for early-entry applicants with a  minimum GPA of 3.5. 6
Electrical Engineering, Ph.D. GRE is waived for early-entry applicants with a  minimum GPA of 3.5. 6
Elementary Education, MED Yes - GRE or MAT 6
Elementary School Mathematics, CERT No 6
Engineering Management, MS  GRE is waived for applicants from an engineering program that is accredited by ABET-Engineering. 12
English, MA Yes - GRE or MAT 6
Ethics and Applied Philosophy, MA No 9
Fire Protection and Safety Management, MS GRE is waived for UNC Charlotte students enrolled in engineering technology, construction management, or engineering. 6
Geography, MA Yes - GRE 6
Gerontology, CERT No 6
Health Administration, MHA No.  Before applying, an interview with the Graduate Program Director is required. 12
Health Informatics & Analytics, CERT No 6
Health Informatics & Analytics, MS No.  Before applying, an interview with the Graduate Program Director is required. 9
History, MA No 12
Information of Technology, MS No 12
Kinesiology, MS No 12
Languages and Culture Studies: Translation & Interpreting Studies, Spanish-English, CERT No 12
Latin American Studies, MA No 12
Learning Design & Technology, CERT No 12
Mathematical Finance, MS GRE is waived for early-entry applicants with a 3.2 or higher GPA with A's and B's in Economics, Math, Statistics, and/or Finance courses. 12
Mathematics, MS GRE is waived for early-entry applicants with a 3.5 or higher GPA. 12
Mechanical Engineering, MSME GRE is waived for early-entry applicants with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above. 12
Nursing:  Advanced Clinical Nursing, MSN No 10
Nursing:  Systems/Populations Nursing, MSN No 10
Optical Science and Engineering, MS GRE is waived for early-entry applicants who have a 3.4 or higher GPA in major. 12
Optical Science and Engineering, PHD GRE is waived for early-entry applicants who have a 3.4 or higher GPA in major. 12
Physics (Applied), MS GRE is waived for early-entry applicants who are Physics Majors. 12
Public Administration, MPA Yes - GRE 12
Public Health, MPH No. Before applying, an interview with the Graduate Program Director is required. 12
*Reading Education, MED No 12
Religious Studies, MA No 12
Respiratory Care, MS No 12
Sociology, MA GRE is waived for students who have earned a 3.5 GPA in the core undergraduate courses (SOCY Theory, SOCY Research Methods, and SOCY Quantitative Analysis). 6
Spanish, MA No 12
Special Education:  Academically & Intellectually Gifted, CERT No 0 (A proposal to allow 6 hours to double-count is pending approval by the College & Graduate Council)
Teaching – Elementary Education, CERT No 6

*The MED in Reading Education early entry program allows applicants to apply after 60 hours of undergraduate credit (although it is expected that close to 75 credit hours will have been earned by the time the first graduate course is taken).