Frequently Asked Admissions Questions

To be considered for admission to the Graduate School at UNC Charlotte, applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or its equivalent if not from the United States.

Exceptional UNC Charlotte undergraduate students with at least a 3.2 overall GPA may be considered for early-entry admission to a master’s program and begin work toward a graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree. In those programs offering the early-entry option, an applicant may be accepted at any time after completion of 75 or more hours, although it is expected that close to 90 hours will have been earned by the time the first graduate course is taken. These students will have provisional acceptance status, pending the award of the baccalaureate degree. Not all graduate programs offer this option, so refer to the list of early entry programs at UNC Charlotte.

Details about admissions requirements are available online in the Graduate Catalog and on the Admissions Information webpage.

Denial of Admission Appeal Procedure

Admissions Eligibility and Application Requirements

Policy on Admission to the University (University Policy #207 – formerly policy statement #131)

Appeal Procedure for Applicants Denied Admission (Appendix A to University Policy #207 – formerly appendix A to policy statement #131)

NOTE: Applicants denied admission may appeal the decision but only on the grounds that the denial was based on a violation of Section II of theAdmissions Policy. Essentially, the Policy maintains that is an applicant is denied admission to the Graduate School, he or she may appeal the decision based solely on the grounds that the denial violates University admissions policy not to discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities on the basis of age, gender, race, color, national origin, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

The appeal must be in writing, must set forth with specificity the grounds for the appeal, and must be directed and delivered to the Dean of the Graduate School.  Upon receipt of the appeal, the Dean will review the applicant-appellant’s file and appeal letter and will communicate his decision to the applicant-appellant in writing within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of the appeal.  Appeals must be received prior to the term for which the applicant is seeking admission.  If there is insufficient time to complete the appeal process before the beginning of the term for which the applicant seeks admission, the Dean of the Graduate School may decline to review the appeal.

Many programs offer evening courses that generally meet once a week. Again, course scheduling varies by program and term, so check your program’s website and the course schedule for more information.

No. You must apply online; paper applications are not accepted.

Yes, an online application and fee is required for each program to which you apply. Additionally, you may apply for different programs for the same term.

It depends. While most programs accept part-time graduate students, some require students to be enrolled full-time. Check your program’s website for complete information.

Yes. But we strongly encourage you to upload transcripts to your online application. If you are unable to upload your transcripts, please request that your official transcripts be mailed directly to you in sealed envelopes. Make sure you request transcripts from each and every institution you attended after high school, as transfer credit posted on another institutions’ transcript is not substituted for the official transcript. Once you have collected all of your transcripts, mail them to the Office of Graduate Admissions immediately after you submit your application along with your payment receipt.

While policies differ from program to program, most will accept up to six credits of coursework taken from another regionally accredited university. See the Graduate Catalog for more information, and consult with your graduate coordinator/director.

Test scores are a component of the admissions application; therefore, no review or decision will be made until all application credentials (including official test scores) are received. The only exception to this requirement is post-baccalaureate admission, which does not require test scores, as well as some graduate certificate programs.

No. The Graduate School requires the most current information about your ability to succeed in a particular program. Thus, new recommendations must be submitted with each application, unless the program to which you are applying does not require recommendations. Please note the recommendation is short online form that must be completed by your recommendation provider. If your recommendation provider wishes to submit a letter, he/she may do so by uploading it within the recommendation form.

No, our online application is a common application used for all certificate, post-baccalaureate, and degree programs; however, the program to which you apply may have special application requirements such as essays or portfolios. Please review the application requirements for your particular graduate program.

Applicants to doctoral and master’s programs must submit official test scores from one of the required tests. If you are applying to a graduate certificate, the test may not be required. Check the Graduate Programs webpage for information about tests required by specific programs. Also, consult the Graduate Test Information for important details about the various standardized tests.

If your native language is not English, you will be required to take either the TOEFL or the IELTS. IELTS scores must be submitted via mail to UNC Charlotte Graduate Admissions, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC  28223-0001.  See English Language Proficiency webpage for details.

While we do offer an online Virtual Tour, we hope you will be able to visit our beautiful 1,000 acre campus in person. Directions and a Campus Map are available online and Prospective Student Information Sessions are regularly offered by the Graduate School.

Check your application status online via the prospective student portal at

You should use our online prospective student portal to submit applications.

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.

Mail your official transcript to the Graduate School at the following address: Graduate School, 210 Cato Hall, 9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001.

Refer to the Funding section of the Graduate School’s website.

While many graduate students live off campus in nearby apartments, condominiums and houses, the university does provide limited housing on campus for graduate students.

No. The application fee is non-refundable and non-transferrable.

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. You must mail your official transcript to the Graduate School at the following address: Graduate School, 210 Cato Hall, 9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001.

Make sure you entered your recommendation provider’s email address correctly.

GRE, GMAT, and MAT scores are valid for five years from the date you took the test. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years from the date you took the test.

No. When credentials are submitted to the Graduate School, they become University property and cannot be returned to you or forwarded to another institution.

No. Do, however, plan to take the standardized test at least 2-3 months before the application deadline.

Payment of the US $75.00 application fee using a credit card is required before the online application can be submitted. Once you have submitted your application for admission, you should see a confirmation display.  The application processing fee is neither refundable or transferable.  If submitting multiple applications, note that a US $75.00 processing fee is required for each application.

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

Generally, full-time graduate students enroll in three graduate courses (9 hours) per semester, while 12 graduate credit hours per semester is the maximum load (although some programs do require students to enroll in more than 12 graduate credit hours). With the exception of doctoral students with GASP funding, who must enroll in 9 hours of graduate credit per semester, students who hold a graduate assistantship are considered to be full time enrolled with 6 hours of graduate credit.

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.

The Graduate School has a short, but very specific, 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). 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.

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.

Academic programs have different timelines and graduate coordinators/directors 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.

The Graduate Programs page has a list of all graduate certificate, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered, links to departmental websites, and contact information for the graduate coordinator/director of every program. While the Graduate School can answer general questions about the application and admissions processes, graduate program directors can answer specific questions about the academic program to which you are interested in applying for admission.

View the Registrar’s webpage on Questions about Registration.

You should upload each transcript to your online application. If you are unable to do so, please collect all your transcripts and keep them in sealed envelopes. After you submit your online application, mail the transcripts to the Graduate School at the following address: Graduate School, 210 Cato Hall, 9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28223-0001.

Applicants should have scores sent directly to the Graduate School from the testing agency. The address is UNC Charlotte Graduate Admissions, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC  28223-0001.  See the Test Scores webpage for details.

Current or former professors and workplace supervisors. Some programs have specific guidelines about whom you should ask, so be sure to check the program requirements. Additionally, make sure the recommendation provider is willing to complete an online recommendation form for you as paper recommendations are not accepted. If the person wishes to submit a supplemental letter of reference, he/she must upload it within the online recommendation form.

No. The Graduate School has a short online recommendation form that must be completed by your recommender. If your recommender wishes to write a letter, he/she must upload the letter within the recommendation form.