Early Entry

Get a Jump on Your Graduate Education

Exceptional undergraduate students attending UNC Charlotte are encouraged to apply to graduate programs and begin work toward their graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree. In those programs offering this outstanding opportunity, undergraduate students can get a head start on their graduate degree.

An applicant may be accepted at any time after completion of 75 or more hours of undergraduate course work, although it is expected that at least 90 hours of undergraduate course work will have been earned by the time the first graduate course is taken.


  • 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 also 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. Individual programs may allow additional hours at the graduate level to be substituted. 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.


  • 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 may be accepted at any time 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).
  • A student must have an acceptable score on the appropriate graduate standardized test, if required.
  • Once admitted, a student must complete an Early-Entry Program Form and have it approved by the Undergraduate Coordinator, the Graduate Program Director, and the Graduate School.  Failure to obtain approvals prior to the first day of class negates a student’s ability to “double-count” courses in an accelerated Early Entry program.
  • 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 degrees 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.

List of Early Entry Programs

Academically and Intellectually Gifted, CERT 0
Accounting, MA 3
Africana Studies, CERT 6
Anthropology, MA 12
Applied Energy and Electromechanical Systems, MS 6
Architecture, MARCH 12
Athletic Training, MS 9
Bioinformatics, PSM 12
Bioinformatics Applications, CERT 12
Bioinformatics Technology, CERT 12
Biology, MS (GRE waived) 12
Chemistry, MS 6
Civil Engineering, MSCE 9
Communication Studies, MA 6
Computer Science, MS  12
Construction and Facilities Management, MS 6
Criminal Justice, MS 12
Cybersecurity, MS 12
Data Science and Business Analytics, CERT 12
Data Science and Business Analytics, MS 12
Earth Sciences, MS 9
Economics, MS 12
Electrical Engineering, MSEE 6
Electrical Engineering, Ph.D. 6
Elementary Education, MED 6
Elementary School Mathematics, CERT 6
Engineering Management, MS  12
English, MA 6
Ethics and Applied Philosophy, MA 6
Fire Protection and Safety Management, MS 12
Geography, MA 6
Gerontology, MA 12
Health Administration, MHA 12
Health Informatics & Analytics, CERT 9
Health Informatics & Analytics, MS 9
Health Psychology, Ph.D. 9
History, MA 12
Information of Technology, MS 12
Learning Design & Technology, CERT 12
Kinesiology, MS 12
Languages and Culture Studies: Translation & Interpreting Studies, Spanish-English, CERT 12
Latin American Studies, MA 12
Learning Design & Technology, CERT 12
Mathematical Finance, MS 12
Mathematics, MS 12
Mechanical Engineering, MSME 6
Nursing:  Nursing Advanced Clinical, MSN 10
Nursing:  Systems/Populations, MSN 10
Optical Science and Engineering, Ph.D. 12
Optical Science and Engineering, MS 12
Physics (Applied), MS 12
Public Administration, MPA 12
Public Health, MPH 12
Religious Studies, MA 12
Sociology, MA 6
Spanish, MA 12
Teaching – Elementary Education, CERT 6