Dear Prospective Graduate Student,
Pursuing graduate education is an exciting decision, and we appreciate your interest in UNCG. This guide will assist you in the admission process at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Here you will find step-by-step instructions regarding our online application. We seek to welcome students who strive for excellence, who will contribute to the inclusiveness and diversity of our mission, and who wish to make our warm and friendly campus their graduate school home.

Kelly J. Burke, DMA
Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School

The Application Process at UNCG
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 Study 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.

General Application Requirements
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.
  • Any additional materials required by the program or department such as audition, interview, portfolio, resume, writing sample, personal statement, etc. Please refer to the Application Deadlines and Program Requirements section for details.

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 employees, McNair Scholars, or UNCG students currently enrolled in a degree program applying to a certificate.

Standard Application Deadlines
Fall: July 1
Spring: October 1
Summer: April 1

International Student Deadlines
Fall: May 15
Spring: September 15
Summer: February 15

*Please check the individual graduate program deadlines on the Graduate Programs page. Most programs admit for fall only unless other terms are noted on the chart. International applicants should submit their application with all supplementary materials one month before the deadline to allow for processing of additional immigration documentation.


The email address you provide for your profile will be used as the primary mode of communication from The Graduate School. If you need to create a second application for a later term or program, you must create a new account with a different user name.

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 and supplemental documents sections can be updated once an application is submitted.

You must log in to your new account to view this section. You will be asked to acknowledge and agree that you have read and understood the terms and conditions of creating an application. You will also be asked whether or not you would like your contact information to be made available to the institution before submission of the application.


  • Biographical Information
  • International Information (if applicable)
  • North Carolina Resident Information (if applicable)
  • Program and Waiver Information
  • Campus Safety
  • Prior Colleges
  • Entrance Exams
  • Supplemental Documents
  • Recommendations

Once the application is complete and supporting documents have been uploaded, pay the application fee by credit card. At that time, an email message will be sent notifying the applicant of the receipt of payment and giving instructions on how to submit the application.

Other Payment Methods
To pay by check, money order, or cash, you must submit the “Application Fee Payment Form” at https://grs.uncg.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/payment.pdf and receive email confirmation and instructions on how to submit the application.

Please note that an application cannot be submitted online until The Graduate School has received the completed form and payment. At that time, an email message will be sent notifying the applicant of the receipt of payment and giving instructions on how to submit the application.

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.

To check the status of your submitted application, please log back into your account. As the application materials are received, the ‘Application Status’ section on your account will be updated.
Please note: once you have submitted your application, edits can only be made to recommendations and supplemental documents. Click “View Application” to edit these sections.

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 and supplemental documents sections. 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, and letters of recommendation 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 or letters of recommendation to arrive by mail can extend processing times.

International applicants include citizens or permanent residents of a country other than the U.S. International applicants may be in the U.S. on an educational, worker, or visitor visa, or be residing in their home country. International applicants must submit all application materials as described above. All supporting credentials must be in English.

International applicants with or expecting an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to certify that they have adequate financial resources to cover the cost of tuition and fees, accommodation and meals, insurance, and other living expenses. Financial forms and supporting bank/sponsor documents may be downloaded from uncg.edu/ipg.

If the applicant is not already in the U.S., international applications should be submitted at least one month prior to the posted deadline to allow for additional processing.

Non-native speakers of English must have their proficiency in the English language validated by one of three means:

  • Submit a score on a language proficiency test taken within the past two years. If the TOEFL is the chosen test, the minimum required score depends on the form of the exam taken: Internet based — 79, or paper based — 550. A score of at least 6.5 is required on the IELTS. A score of 53 or higher is required for the Pearson Test of English.
  • Present a baccalaureate or graduate degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S.
  • Complete INTERLINK, the intensive English language program located on UNCG’s campus at nc.interlink.edu. The English language proficiency requirement may be waived if the applicant is a graduate of a university in a country where English is the official language.

International applicants must arrange for The Graduate School to receive official or certified copies of transcripts of academic records from every college and university previously attended. For a transcript or diploma to be official, it must contain the name of the degree and date on which it was awarded.

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.

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

Applicants who hold a baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements listed above may be granted provisional admission. Such applicants will have specific conditions stated in their admission offer letter with a time frame for completion.

Applicants may be admitted under provisional status if they have:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a non-accredited institution
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution but lack undergraduate work considered essential for graduate study
  • Scholastic records that are below admission standards but who show promise for success
  • Not demonstrated the required level of English proficiency

Students admitted under provisional status must meet any special conditions attached to their admission, by either The Graduate School or their major department, no later than upon the completion of 15 semester hours of graduate credit.

Those admitted under provisional status are not eligible for appointment to an assistantship or fellowship until full admission is achieved.

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 at grs.uncg.edu/forms to the admitting department’s Director of Graduate Study 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.