Guide to Graduate Admissions

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This page is the central source of information on deadlines and up-to-date information on admissions requirements. Applications are first submitted to the Graduate School. Once the Graduate School has processed your application, it will be reviewed by a Graduate School Admissions Specialist and forwarded to the Director of Graduate Studies in the appropriate department or program.

Departments and programs then review the application and make recommendations for admission to the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. Because departments and programs determine their own processes and timelines for reviewing completed applications, the Graduate School cannot provide a general time frame to expect between submission of the application and a final decision.

Graduate applicants must submit a completed online application, a nonrefundable application fee of $65 and the following supporting credentials:

  • One official transcript from all colleges and universities previously attended. If credit from one institution has been transferred to another and is listed on the receiving institution’s transcript, a transcript from the original institution is not required. If an applicant is currently enrolled in a degree program and will not graduate prior to an admission deadline, transcripts should be provided that reflect courses in progress.
  • Applicants with a degree from a college or university outside the United States may also submit a third party credential evaluation, but it is not required.
  • Three letters of recommendation from former professors, employers, or persons well acquainted with the applicant’s academic potential.
  • Official results of GRE scores or other examinations as required by the program to which one applies. Scores are valid for five years from the time originally taken.
  • Non-native speakers of English must have their proficiency in the English language validated. See Special Notes for International Applicants.
  • Any additional materials required by the program or department such as audition, interview, portfolio, resume, writing sample, personal statement, etc.

All credentials must be in English and received by the Graduate School by the posted deadline. International applicants should refer to the Special Notes for International Applicants.

Please note that the application fee is not required for full-time UNCG employeesMcNair Scholars, or UNCG students currently enrolled in a degree program applying to a certificate.

 

Supplemental Documents and Test Scores

Certain programs may require test scores and supplemental documents additional to the general requirements. The supplemental documents and test score requirements can be found on the Programs page.

STEP ONE: CREATE AN ACCOUNT

The email address you provide for your profile will be used as the primary mode of communication from the Graduate School.

The web-based application allows you to save your progress and return to enter information at a later time. Please log out after each session. Only the recommendations section can be updated once an application is submitted.

STEP TWO: PROVIDE APPLICATION INFORMATION

  • Personal Background
  • Degree Program
  • Academic History
  • Additional Information (e.g. emergency contacts, residency, birth country, etc.
  • Test Scores (if applicable)
  • Recommendations
  • Supplemental Documents
  • Campus Safety
  • Signature
  • Review

STEP THREE: SUBMIT APPLICATION AND APPLICATION FEE
Once the application is submitted, pay the application fee by credit card. At that time, an email message will be sent notifying the applicant of the receipt of payment.

STEP FOUR: RECEIVE VERIFICATION
Following submission, you will receive an email verifying receipt of the application and an introductory email from an Admissions Specialist. These and all future correspondence will be sent to the email address provided in your application.

STEP FIVE: CHECK APPLICATION STATUS
To check the status of your submitted application, please log back into your account. As the application materials are received, the ‘Application Checklist’ section on your account will be updated.
Please note: once you have submitted your application, edits can only be made to the recommendations page. Click “Recommendations Page” at the bottom of the page to make your edits.

In an effort to maintain a safe learning community, we must ask campus safety questions of all applicants. For the purposes of these questions, “crime” or “criminal charge” refers to any crime other than a traffic related misdemeanor or an infraction. You must, however, include any alcohol or drug related offenses whether or not they are traffic related incidents. Answering “yes” to any of the campus safety questions may not necessarily preclude your being admitted. However, failing to answer these questions, or failing to respond completely, accurately, and truthfully, may be grounds to deny or withdraw your admission or to dismiss you after enrollment.

If you answer “yes” to any of the questions, you will be required to provide an explanation that gives the approximate date of each incident, explains the circumstances, and reflects on what you learned from the experience. The university reserves the right to require an additional statement form an appropriate official corroborating your account, either before acting on your application or before permitting you to enroll. Your failure to provide such a statement upon request may be grounds to deny or withdraw your admission or to dismiss you after enrollment.

You are required to notify the university immediately and in writing of any new or pending criminal charge, any disposition or a criminal charge, or any school, college, or university disciplinary action against you, or any type of military discharge other than an honorable discharge or any non-routine absence from school, that occurs at any time after you submit this application and prior to enrollment. Your failure to do so may be grounds to deny or withdraw your admission or to dismiss you after enrollment.

Once the application is submitted, you cannot alter or change the application online except for the recommendations page. Changes related to contact information, application term, program, degree, or concentration must be submitted by completing the Request to Change Information on a Submitted Application Form at grs.uncg.edu/forms.

Verification of changes will be sent to you by email. Once an admissions decision has been made, changes to the application are not allowed.

The Graduate School considers an application complete when test scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation, and the payment of the application fee are linked to the application. An Admissions Specialist will review applications with care and notify applicants when additional information is needed.

Completed applications are forwarded to the department or program for review. Processing an application can take several days even in optimal circumstances and may take slightly longer during peak periods. The Graduate School makes every effort to process applications in a timely manner. By utilizing the full functionality of the online application, you can facilitate this process. Waiting for outstanding transcripts can extend processing times.

UNC Greensboro welcomes applicants from around the world!

International applicants are defined as those who currently hold or are seeking an F1 visa or other non-immigrant visa category authorized to engage in full-time academic studies, or part-time academic studies, where applicable.

U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents (LPR), pending LPR, DACA, political asylees, refugees, or undocumented individuals, should apply as a domestic graduate applicant.

In addition to meeting The Graduate School’s General Application Requirements, international applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency.  All such credentials must be in English and copies may be uploaded to the student portal.  Official transcripts must be submitted from the respective institutions directly to The Graduate School, prior to enrollment, should an offer of admission be issued.

For I-20 and DS 2019 issuance, as required by USCIS, international applicants must also show evidence of sufficient funds, for a minimum of one year, to support one’s education and living expenses while at UNCG.  Financial forms may be downloaded from The International Programs Center or within the graduate application.

Students are strongly encouraged to apply early, at least one month prior to the program’s deadline, to allow for adequate processing time.

Overseas Academic Credentials

Applicants are not required to submit a course credential report (ex, WES, ECE, SpanTran, etc.) except in rare cases when authentication of foreign transcripts cannot be achieved and/or where course equivalencies to U.S. standards cannot be accurately determined.

English Proficiency
 

To be considered for direct admission, non-native speakers of English must validate proficiency in the English language by:

Minimum English language proficiency scores:

TOEFL       79 (paper-based 550)
IELTS         6.5 Band Score
PTE            67
ELS           112


OR

Successful completion of the UNCG School of Education’s Global Pathway (available only to conditionally admitted students)
Successful completion of Interlink Level 5
Successful completion of the American Language Academy Level 5
Successful completion of the Mentora College’s Intensive English Program

OR
The applicant is from a country where English is recognized as the official language or where the primary course of instruction is in English. Applicants who have not met the minimum English language proficiency score may apply for conditional admission. Applying for conditional admission means you are requesting for your application to be reviewed without an English language proficiency exam score or with a score that did not meet the minimum requirement. If admitted conditionally, applicants must successfully complete the following English language intensive program:

 

Application Deadlines  

The deadline for receipt of application and all supporting documents varies by department. Please check here for your program’s deadline. 

Note: International applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their application one month prior to the posted departmental deadline to allow for additional processing time of their I20/visa requirement.

 

Scholarships

See the Institute of International Education list of scholarships available to international students at http://www.fundingusstudy.org/.

Assistantships

International students are considered for assistantships along with our domestic applicants. You will be asked within the application if you would like to be considered for an assistantship. You must make formal application for an assistantship by applying through SpartantTalent. Any questions regarding assistantships should be directed to the academic department.

Credentials

All supporting credentials must be in English. Applicants will be given the opportunity to upload transcripts of academic records issued by every college and university previously attended. Applicants may also mail official documents to:

The Graduate School
Attn: Admissions
241 Mossman Building
1202 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC 27412

All applicants will be notified by e-mail from the Graduate School once of an admission decision is available to be viewed online. Applicants may view or print the official correspondence by logging into their application account. Successful applicants are offered full graduate admission or provisional admission for a specific program in a specific term. If the admitted applicant does not register for the term specified in the admission letter, the admission may be subject to cancellation.

Applicants may not be admitted to and graduate from the same degree or certificate program in the same academic term.

Full Graduate Admission

All applicants must have obtained the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Satisfactory academic standing as an undergraduate: 3.0, “B” average or better in the undergraduate major and in courses prerequisite to the proposed graduate study
  • Approval of the academic department in which the graduate student will major; assumes an undergraduate major appropriate to the proposed graduate study
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination, GRE-verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing, or other authorized examination as required by the respective graduate programs
  • Demonstrated English proficiency, as necessary

Conditional Admission for International Students 

To be considered for direct admission, non-native speakers of English must validate proficiency in the English language by:

Minimum English language proficiency scores:

TOEFL       79 (paper-based 550)
IELTS         6.5 Band Score
PTE            67
ELS           112

OR
Successful completion of the American Language Academy Level 5
Successful completion of the Mentora College’s Intensive English ProgramOR
The applicant is from a country where English is recognized as the official language or where the primary course of instruction is in English.Applicants who have not met the minimum English language proficiency score may apply for conditional admission.Applying for conditional admission means you are requesting for your application to be reviewed without an English language proficiency exam score or with a score that did not meet the minimum requirement. If admitted conditionally, applicants must successfully complete the following English language intensive program:

Graduate admission to a degree or certificate program may be deferred for a maximum of one year from the initial term of admission. The student is responsible for contacting the department to determine if admission for subsequent terms is allowed.

To request a deferral of admission, admitted students must submit a completed Deferral of Admission Form, found within the online application, to the admitting department’s Director of Graduate Studies no later than the first day of classes of the term of initial admission. The deferral request must be for a specific term.

After considering the request, the department will forward the form to the Graduate School, who will notify the student of the decision Merit-based financial aid, i.e. teaching/research assistantships, scholarships, and fellowships will not be deferred; the student must compete again for the awards.

Students who have not enrolled and have not requested a deferral of admission will be required to reapply.