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 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.


Benefits to Starting as an undergrad

  • 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.

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 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.

CURRENT Early Entry Programs

PROGRAM GRE/GMAT/MAT REQUIRED? DOUBLE-COUNTED HOURS
Academically and Intellectually Gifted, CERT No 0
Accounting, MA 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. 6
Architecture, MARCH GRE is waived for early-entry applicants. 12
Athletic Training, MSAT No 10
Bioinformatics, MS GRE is waived if cumulative GPA = 3.2 on 75-90 hours of undergraduate coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, math, SIS or CS, or another UNC Charlotte major if the dept determines the student's preparation is appropriate. 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 GRE is waived for early-entry applicants. 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. 6
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 3.25. 6
Electrical Engineering, Ph.D. Yes - GRE 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. 12
Geography, MA Yes - GRE 6
Gerontology, CERT No 6
Health Administration, MHA GRE/GMAT is waived for early-entry applicants. 12
Health Informatics & Analytics, CERT No 9
Health Informatics & Analytics, MS Yes - GRE 9
Health Psychology, Ph.D. Yes - GRE 9
History, MA No 12
Information of Technology, MS GRE is waived for currently enrolled UNC Charlotte students who have completed at least three courses successfully with a minimum GPA of 3.2. 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 Yes - GRE 12
Mechanical Engineering, MSME GRE is waived for early-entry applicants. 6
Nursing:  Nursing Advanced Clinical, MSN No 10
Nursing:  Systems/Populations, 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 Yes - GRE 12
Religious Studies, MA GRE is waived for early-entry applicants. 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
Teaching – Elementary Education, CERT No 6