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GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION STEPS

Complete the following application steps to apply to the Graduate School. 



Review the Application Deadline and Requirements

Review the Application Deadlines and Requirements webpage prior to application submission. Webpage contains crucial information regarding application deadlines, requirements, and required admission documents for your program of interest.

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Complete the Online Application

  • Each application may only be submitted once
  • Create a NEW account for each program or term to which you intend to apply.
  • Application Fee: A $60 USD (non-transferrable and non-refundable) application fee is due upon submission and is payable by MasterCard or Visa.
  • Campus Safety Questions: There is a series of questions on the application for admission related to safety. Every applicant must answer these questions truthfully.
    Crime and Safety Report - This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by UNCW; and public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from campus. The report also contains institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes and other matters. A copy of the report may also be requested by contacting the UNCW Police Department at 910-962-2222
  • Recommendations (If required by your Program): Recommendations are completed through the online application.  Once the recommender information has been saved, an e-mail notification will be sent on your behalf.  The application may be submitted prior to recommender completion. Self-monitor the progress from your online application. 
  • Test Scores (If required by your Program): Test Scores dated older than five years are not acceptable. Official scores must be sent directly to the Graduate School at UNCW. If the exam will be taken at a later date (no later than four weeks prior to the published program deadline) you may enter the date the exam will be taken and submit the application.
    • If you did not have test scores sent at the time of testing, have an official MAT, GRE, or GMAT score report sent directly from the testing agency to the Graduate School.
    • The following school codes will help when you are requesting test scores sent to the Graduate School.
GRE MAT (PDF) GMAT
5907 1372 Use keyword search "Wilmington"
  • Upload Documents: Upload the required documents for your program of interest PRIOR to submission. Choosing not to upload the proper form(s)/document(s) PRIOR to submission will delay the processing of your application.

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Request Official Transcripts

  • The Graduate School requires one (1) official transcript from each university, college, community college, junior college and high school dual enrollment institution attended. Transfer credit listed on another institution's transcript is not acceptable. If you do not request one (1) official transcript from each institution attended, the processing of your application will be delayed.
  • Official transcripts from each institution should be sent to the Graduate School. The only exception is study abroad credit that is transcripted by an accredited US institution (for example, you attended a short term study abroad trip and received credit at a US accredited institution).

    UNCW Alumni
    If you have ever attended UNCW, you do not need to request a UNCW transcript. The Graduate School will be responsible for obtaining that academic record (at no cost to you), including any transfer work reflected on your UNCW transcript. However, you are required to submit official transcripts from any institution not reflected on your UNCW transcript or any institution attended after UNCW. In the case that you do request your official transcript from UNCW, your money will not be refunded. View your SeaNet transcript.

    International Institution
    (Except short term study abroad sponsored and transcripted through an accredited US institution) If you do not request a course-by-course evaluation through WES.org or ECE.org, the processing of your application will be delayed.

    Foreign transcripts must be evaluated and reviewed by one of the accredited foreign credential evaluation services listed below. Credit evaluations determine the institution accreditation, credits earned and course equivalent. Evaluation reports must be received directly from the approved evaluation service. UNCW accepts 'Course-by-Course' evaluations from the following accredited foreign credential evaluation services:

    World Education Services (WES.org)
    Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE.org)

Submitting Transcripts
Submit Paper Transcripts to:

UNCW Graduate School

601 S. College Rd.

Wilmington, NC 28403-5955

Electronic password protected transcripts may be sent directly from the institution to: gradtranscripts@uncw.edu

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If you need help resetting your graduate application pin/password

Following these steps below:
  1. Select 'Forgot your PIN or Password'
  2. Enter ONLY the email address information that was used on your graduate application and click 'Search'
  3. If your email address has changed, to update contact Technical Support

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Approved Deferment Applicants

Previously accepted students with approved deferment form from the program

  • Initiate a new application and complete the Program of Interest section and save. Ensure that you check ‘yes’ to the question that you are completing the application in response to an approved deferment.
  • E-mail Kimberly (goernek@uncw.edu) at least five business days prior to the published deadline to waive the application fee prior to submission.  Should you opt to pay the application fee online, a refund will not be considered.
  • Upload a copy of the approved deferment form into the ‘Special Requests to Graduate School’ section of the online application. You may not submit the application until the approved deferment form is uploaded into the application.
  • Additional recommendations, application fee or documentation are not required.
  • Submit the application prior to the program deadline.

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International Applicants

Visa Sponsorship: All international applicants requesting visa sponsorship are required to complete a Financial Responsibility Form to show proof of financial support for  their academic study at UNCW. View the required amount of financial support. (PDF)

Students Requesting Student Visa Sponsorship Students NOT Requesting Student Visa Sponsorship
Complete: International Student Data Form (PDF) International Student Data Form Waiver (PDF)
To Submit: Upload the form in the online Application under "International Student Data Form”. Upload the form in the online Application under "International Student Data Form”.

TOEFL or IELTS: The TOEFL or IELTS test is required for all international applicants. The English-language test is not required for:  Lawful Permanent Residents, if English is your native language or if a baccalaureate degree was conferred from a US institution.  

Transcript(s): Foreign transcripts must be evaluated and reviewed by an accredited foreign credential evaluation service. These credit evaluations determine the accreditation of the foreign institution, number of credits earned and how courses transfer into the U.S. educational system. If you do not request a course-by-course evaluation through WES.org or ECE.org, the processing of your application will be delayed.

Evaluation reports must be received directly from the approved evaluation service. UNCW accepts 'Course-by-Course' evaluations from the following accredited foreign credential evaluation services:

World Education Services (WES.org)
Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE.org)

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McNair Scholar

The graduate application fee is waived for McNair Scholars.  Upload a copy of the McNair Scholars Application Fee Waiver Form (PDF) into the graduate application.  Upload the completed form into the ‘Special Requests to Graduate School’ section of the online application.

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Active-Duty Military Applicants

  • The application fee will be waived for all active-duty personnel. Select ‘Active Duty Military’ on the Program of Interest section of the application.
  • In addition to any other non-military institution attended, have military transcripts sent to the Graduate School.
  • Transcripts can be requested online for all branches of the service:
    Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Navy & Marine Corps
Submitting Transcripts
Submit Paper Transcripts to:

UNCW Graduate School

601 S. College Rd.

Wilmington, NC 28403-5955

Electronic password protected transcripts may be sent directly from the institution to: gradtranscripts@uncw.edu

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UNCW Faculty/Staff and Dependents

  • The graduate application fee is waived for eligible UNCW Faculty/Staff and Dependents. Contact Human Resources to determine if you are eligible for the application fee benefit. Select ‘UNCW Faculty/Staff Member or Dependent’ on the Program of Interest section of the application.
  • Once approved, a copy of the application fee waiver form will be sent to you by e-mail from Human Resources. Upload a copy of the approved application fee waiver form into the graduate application. Upload the form into the ‘Special Requests to Graduate School’ section of the online application.

Monitor Your Application Status

Following these steps below:

  1. Log into the online graduate application. Click here
  2. Select ‘Edit Application‘,
  3. Select ‘Application Checklist’ and ‘View your Application Checklist‘.
  4. Double check your application checklist to ensure that all items have been received.
Please note: It typically takes 10 business days for items to be processed once received by the Graduate School.

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