Frequently Asked Admissions Questions

The Graduate Admissions website has a list of all graduate certificate, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered, links to departmental websites, and graduate program director contact information for the graduate coordinator/director of every program. It has various filters to help you search what area might appeal to your academic endeavors or career succuss.  Graduate program directors can answer specific questions about the academic rigor to their program.  Again, their contact information can be found on the web page.

Applicants may apply to more than one graduate program during any application cycle.  Applicants must submit their application materials for each application including Statement of Purpose, resume, and recommendations. Test scores and transcripts only need to be submitted once because they can be applied to multiple program applications.  Payment of the application fee is required for each program application submitted.  

There are many graduate programs at UNC Charlotte which can be taken on a part-time basis.  However, some graduate programs require students to be enrolled full-time.  The best source for this answer is to check the program’s website or speak to the graduate program director for details.

If your native language is not English, you are required to take either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Please visit the Graduate Admissions web page on English language proficiency for details on each.  A minium score must be met for either test.  TOEFL /IELTS scores are valid for two years from the date you took the test. TOEFL/IELTS is not required if the applicant holds an associate degree or higher granted from a U.S. institution.

TOEFL scores should be sent electronically through the Electronic Testing Service using school code 5105.  IELTS scores should be sent electronically to UNC Charlotte - Graduate Admissions.

It takes approximately 15 days after you send us your scores to us to receive them.  If it has been more than 15 days, post a message on the message board at including the date you took the test and your TRF.

UNC Charlotte charges an application processing fee for every application submitted.  Applicants may use a credit card to pay the fee which is required before the online application can be submitted. Once you have submitted your application for admission, you will see a confirmation display.  The application processing fee is not refundable or transferable for any reason.  

You may review your application status in your prospective student portal at at any time.

All I20/visa/financial certification questions should be directed to the International Student Scholars Office (ISSO).  You can locate their contact information at

Once you've been admitted to UNC Charlotte, you may view information about course registration on the NinerCentral self service website.  You can also find out information about what courses are offered each semester there as well: NinerCentral.

UNC Charlotte has numerous avenues for graduate students to pursue financial opportunities in funding their education.  Please start with the Graduate School's Funding web pages to learn more about these opportunities.  We also encourage you to talk with your graduate program director for funding opportunities found within their College or department.

While many graduate students live off campus in nearby apartments, condominiums and houses, the university does provide limited housing on campus for graduate students.  Our campus is also linked to "Uptown" Charlotte through Light-Rail train making the entire metro area easily accessible to students living off campus.  View a map of Charlotte.

While policies differ from program to program, most will accept up to six credits of coursework taken from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body.  See the Graduate Catalog Glossary for a list of accrediting bodies. Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for more information, and consult with your graduate program director.

If you are an admitted or current student, your contact information can be updated using the student portal If you have applied for admission but have not been admitted, contact the Office of Graduate Admissions directly to update your address.

No, once you submit your application you cannot make changes to it.  The transcript can be emailed to  A final, official transcript is required upon admission.

If your recommender has not received an email from with a subject line of UNC Charlotte Graduate School Recommendation Request, please have him/her check their spam or junk folders. If the email is not there, the email domain may have filters in place that are blocking our email. Please ask your recommender to supply an alternate email address or have them contact their IT department and request to have emails from let through their firewalls. If your recommender has further questions, please ask him/her to email us directly at

All applicants must use our online application found by setting up your account in UNC Charlotte's prospective graduate student portal

This online application is a common application used for all programs, certificates and post-baccalaureate study.  However, some programs may have special application requirements such as essays or portfolios in addition to this online application. Please review your program's website or contact the graduate program director for details.

Effective July 2, 2018, residency determination for graduate students at UNC Charlotte will be centralized at the statewide North Carolina Residency Determination Service (RDS) rather than determined locally by campus officials. New applicants claiming NC Residency as well as currently enrolled students who wish to apply for in-state residency for tuition purposes will be required to do so through the RDS. The RDS website has FAQs that answer many questions about the process to apply for NC Residency, as well as details about State residency laws and policies, residency guidelines, how to establish residency in NC, and tuition benefits. To apply for residency or appeal a residency decision, visit the RDS website, and/or contact the RDS at (844) 319-3640 or by email at

If the program to which you are applying requires a standardized admissions test (i.e. GRE, MAT, GMAT), take the test at least three months prior to the program's application deadline.  Official scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to Graduate Admissions.  After your scores and all requirements have been received, your application can be considered for admissions.  Note, if you are applying as a post-baccalaureate (non-degree) student, a standardized admissions test is not required.  Read more about tests...

Applicants are required to provide transcripts from any institution where college credit was earned.  For applicants who earned college credit while in high school, a transcript is not necessary.  Additionally, transcripts are not required from study abroad programs.  

International transcripts from India, Bangladesh, and Nepal must include individual marks sheets, transcripts, and debree certificates combined into one pdf before they can be attached to your application.

Once the online application has been started we strongly recommend applicants upload electronic copies of transcripts to their online application.  If you are unable to do so or are having trouble with the upload process, please request all your official transcripts be mailed directly to you in sealed envelopes.  Once you have collected all of your transcripts, mail them to the Office of Graduate Admissions only after you have submited your application.    Our address is, UNC Charlotte Graduate Admissions, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC  28223-0001.

To be considered for admission to the Graduate School at UNC Charlotte, applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree or its U.S. equivalent, from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body.  See the Graduate Catalog Glossary for a list of accrediting bodies. Details about admissions requirements for the various types of admissions and programs, are available online on our Admissions Information webpage.

UNC Charlotte is a publicly supported, doctoral and research intensive institution, accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region and the fourth largest of 16 constituent members of the University of North Carolina System. As a public institution, our tuition can be one of the best values in higher education.  Current tuition and fees may be found on the NinerCentral self service website.

We encourage you to apply for the term in which you wish to enroll. Your application is only valid for the term and program to which you apply.

Recommendations help the graduate program director asses your ability to succeed in a particular program.  The Graduate School has a short, but very specific, online recommendation form that asks recommendation providers to respond to questions about your characteristics, skills, motivation, and capacity to succeed in a specific graduate program. This form must be submitted online by your recommendation provider (the person you choose to provide a recommendation). Asking current or former professors and workplace supervisors are good candidates to provide recommendations. Please note some programs have specific guidelines about who you should ask, so be sure to check the program's webpage for requirements. Additionally, make sure the recommendation provider is willing to complete an online recommendation form.  Should your recommendation provider wish to provide a supplemental letter of reference, he or she may do so; however, the letter must be uploaded online within the recommendation form.

Every program application you intend to submit, must have its own set of recommendations.  You cannot use a recommendation from a previous application.

Some graduate programs have specific instructions and guidelines for what should be included in the statement of purpose.  As such, please follow the guidelines recommended by the program to which you are applying for admission. If specific guidelines are not listed on a program website, the Graduate School recommends you describe your reasons for applying to the proposed program, your preparation for this field of study, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your motivation for graduate study.

We recommend that you write your statement of purpose in MS Word before applying. When you apply online, you will be asked to upload your statement of purpose. Note that many people upload the statement of purpose as a pdf, which works very well.

Some programs (i.e. Social Work) have specific instructions and guidelines for what should be included in the statement of purpose, so please follow the guidelines recommended by the program to which you are applying for admission. If specific guidelines are not listed, the Graduate School recommends you describe your reasons for applying to the proposed program, your preparation for this field of study, future career plans, and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your motivation for graduate study.

The application deadline is the date by which the Office of Graduate Admissions should receive your online application and supporting documents, including test scores and recommendation forms. Thus, you are strongly encouraged to apply and submit your materials early. While most graduate programs follow the Graduate School’s standard/priority application deadlines, some programs have early deadline dates and only admit students to specific terms. Consult the Programs web page for details on the Graduate School’s priority application deadlines as well as the early deadlines for specific programs.

If you are reapplying for admission in a different term, program, or degree, a new application must be submitted, along with new recomdation letters.  Transcripts and test scores can be used from your previous application.

If you were denied admission to a program, you might want to review your previous application and look for areas of improvement such as your statement of purpose or test scores.

Most decisions are made in March and April (for fall), and in November (for spring).  Academic programs have different timelines and admission committees review applications in different ways; some review applications on a “rolling” or continual basis while others review files at certain times of the year. Continue to monitor the status of your application by logging back into your portal.  If you have questions about the decision, please contact the program you applied to directly through their web page.

Graduate Admissions, and the Graduate School, are located on the east side of main campus in Cato Hall, second floor Download the campus map.  Visitors should park in the East Deck, Visitor Parking lot just in front of our building.