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GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION STEPS

Review the Application Deadlines and Requirements webpage prior to submission.

Eligibility - Check Before Starting an Application

To be eligible for admission for graduate study at the University of North Carolina Wilmington applicants must:

  1. Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university in this country or its equivalent in a foreign institution (as evaluated by WES.org), by the first official day of classes for the semester of application.

    Seven Regional Institutions Accrediting Bodies:

    Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association (NH)
    Middle States Commission on Higher Education (M)
    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (EH)
    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NW)
    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SC)
    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WC)
    Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WJ)
  2. Have a strong overall academic record with a B average or better in the basic courses prerequisite to the area of proposed graduate study. Provisional admission may be considered by some programs. Contact the program coordinator for additional information regarding their acceptance policy.
  3. Meet any additional admission requirement(s) as outlined by the graduate program.

Create Account

The procedure to apply to The Graduate School at UNCW is an online process. We do not accept applications received through the mail.

To create an account and begin the application process, click here.

Each application may only be submitted once. If you intend to apply for more than one program, a NEW account must be created for each program or term to which you intend to apply. An application fee is required for each submitted application.

If you need help resetting your graduate application pin/password, click here.

Personal Information

If you intend to work on campus or to receive financial aid, your social security number is required. It is also an excellent identifier for the Graduate School to match test scores or transcripts with your record.

Applicants should use their full legal name on the application and include any and all previous names or name combinations. The application system will prompt you to supply this information. This ensures that all supplemental material will be matched to the proper record and the timely processing of all application materials. Many applicants do not use their full legal name, which causes delays in application processing due to information having to be confirmed by e-mail or regular mail.

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

Recommendations are required by some, but not all, programs. Make sure you view the Deadlines and Requirements Chart to see if your program requires recommendations.

Recommendations are completed and must be submitted through the online application. During the application process, applicants will be prompted to enter the names and contact information of their recommenders. Once the recommender information has been saved, an e-mail notification will be sent on the applicant’s behalf, prompting the recommender to complete the form. The application may be submitted prior to recommender completion. Self-monitor the progress from your online application and application checklist.

Recommender FAQ

My recommender has not received the e-mail with the login information. What do I do?
Please note that notification e-mails will indicate "University of North Carolina Wilmington" as the sender but will come from hobsons.com. If the recommender’s e-mail uses a spam-blocking tool, please ask them to add this e-mail address to their list of known/safe addresses. If you would like to re-notify a recommender to complete a recommendation, you can do so by logging in to your online application, going to the Recommendation section, and clicking "re-notify."

My program requires that the recommender upload a traditional letter in addition to the electronic survey.
After the recommender information is input into the application it will be listed and a text box will display. You may enter any information that needs to be passed to the recommender.

How do I change a recommender that I listed with my online application?
As long as the recommender has not already submitted the recommendation, you can log back in to your online application to change a recommender. After logging in, go to the recommendation section. You can then delete the recommender that you wish to change and add the name and email address for the new recommender.

Test Scores

Test scores are required by some, but not all, programs. Make sure you view the Deadlines and Requirements Chart to see if your program requires test scores.

Test Scores dated older than five years are not acceptable. Official scores must be sent directly to the Graduate School at UNCW. Make sure to include your full name, birthdate, and gender on your test scores. Failure to do so may delay the processing of your application. 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. Please note that official scores still need to be sent to the Graduate School if the exam is taken at a later date.

  • 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 in requesting test scores to be sent to the Graduate School. As long as the correct school code is on your scores, they will be received by UNCW, regardless of department. A department code is optional, but not required.

GRE

MAT (PDF)

GMAT

5907

1372

Use keyword search "Wilmington"

Tests can be taken at UNCW through University Testing Services. For information about the tests availability, scheduling, and fees click here.

Additional Required Documents and Forms

Check the Application Requirements for your program of interest for any additional forms or documents required for your application. These forms must be completed and uploaded into the application PRIOR to submission. Choosing not to upload the proper form(s)/document(s) PRIOR to submission will delay the processing of your application.

Application Fee

A $60 USD (non-transferrable and non-refundable) application fee is due upon submission and is payable by MasterCard or Visa via the online application.

Applicants will be prompted by the system to pay the application fee only when their application form is complete.

If you are eligible for an application fee waiver, complete the proper form from the choices below and upload it into the application when prompted.

  • McNair Scholar: Click here.
  • UNCW Faculty/Staff or Dependent: Click here.
  • Active Duty Military and Other Approved Waivers: Click here.
  • Approved Deferment: Click here.

Residency Classification

An initial residency determination is made based on responses within your application for graduate admission.

You can apply for residency reclassification if accepted. Please note that 12 months of uninterrupted domicile in NC is typically the first requirement to be eligible for in-state consideration. The 12 months is based on the day that your reclassification application is received.

Request Official Transcripts

General Instructions

  • The Graduate School requires one (1) official transcript (official transcripts are received in a sealed envelope from the awarding institution or electronically delivered via an approved third party vendor) 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 (i.e., the courses and/or grades from the study abroad experience are listed) by a regionally accredited U.S. institution (i.e., you attended a short term study abroad trip and received credit at a U.S. accredited institution).
  • Transcripts may be sent and will be received by UNCW before your application is submitted. To be sure that all of your transcripts are linked to your submitted application, put your full legal name and any and all past names on your application.

Submitting Transcripts

Submit Paper Transcripts to:

UNCW Graduate School

Attn: Kimberly Goerne Harris

601 S. College Rd.

Wilmington, NC 28403-5955

Electronic password protected transcripts may be sent directly from the institution to:

gradtranscripts@uncw.edu

Ever Attended UNCW?

If you have ever attended UNCW, you do not need to request a UNCW transcript, but make sure that you list UNCW as an institution on your application. 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.

* Refunds will not be issued for official UNCW transcripts that are ordered, as the Graduate School will be responsible for obtaining that academic record (at no cost to your).

View your SeaNet transcript.

International Institutions


  • Do not send unevaluated foreign transcripts directly to the Graduate School. All foreign transcripts must be evaluated and sent from World Education Services (WES.org) to the Graduate School. The course-by-course credit evaluation will determine the institution accreditation, degree, credits and course equivalents earned.
  • Credential evaluations are not required for short-term study abroad experiences sponsored and transcripted through a regionally accredited U.S. institution.
  • The course-by-course Evaluation reports must be received directly from WES.org. If a course-by-course evaluation is not requested through WES.org, the processing of the application will be delayed.

Submitting Transcripts

Submit Paper Transcripts to:

UNCW Graduate School

Attn: Kimberly Goerne Harris

601 S. College Rd.

Wilmington, NC 28403-5955

Electronic password protected transcripts may be sent directly from the institution to:

gradtranscripts@uncw.edu

If a Course-by-Course Evaluation from a company other than WES.org has been completed previous to today and you would like UNCW to consider this evaluation, complete and upload this form (Alternate to WES Evaluation) into the “Special Request to Graduate School Admissions” portal in the application. The Graduate School will review your request and inform you if this evaluation is acceptable.

Additional Information

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, and upload a complete application fee waiver when prompted.

  • In addition to any other non-military institution attended, have all military transcripts sent to the Graduate School.

  • Military transcripts can be requested online through JST (Joint Services Transcript). Search for UNCW Graduate School.

  • For Air Force University transcripts, please review the instructions here.

Submitting Transcripts

Submit Paper Transcripts to:

UNCW Graduate School

Attn: Kimberly Goerne Harris

601 S. College Rd.

Wilmington, NC 28403-5955

Electronic password protected transcripts may be sent directly from the institution to:

gradtranscripts@uncw.edu

To discuss or apply for veterans benefits, contact:
Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid | (910) 962-3177 | veterans@uncw.edu

For information on residency classification for active-duty military members or military dependents, click here.

Deferment Applicants (Approved)

Approved Deferment Applicants are previously accepted students with an approved deferment form from the program to which they have already been accepted.

  • 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.

  • Upload a copy of the approved deferment form into the “Approved Deferment” Upload Portal in the Program of Interest section of the online application.You may not submit the application until the approved deferment form is uploaded into the application.

  • Application fee and additional recommendations or documentation are not required.

  • Submit the application prior to the program deadline.

Financial Information

Detailed financial information can be found by clicking the links below.

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, unless you are a Lawful Permanent Resident (green card holder), English is your native language, or your baccalaureate degree was conferred from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. Standardized Test scores are official for two years; after two years they will not be considered acceptable. 

The following school codes will help in requesting test scores to be sent to the Graduate School. As long as the correct school code is on your scores, they will be received by UNCW, regardless of department. Do not put a department code on your score.

Test

TOEFL

IELTS

School Code

5907

Search "Wilmington"

Minimum Score Requirement

79

6.5 for acceptance,

7.0 for TA consideration

Transcript(s): Foreign transcripts must be evaluated and reviewed by a 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. We do not accept transcripts sent directly from the foreign institution or the applicant.  If you do not request a course-by-course evaluation through WES.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 World Education Services (WES.org).

If a Course-by-Course Evaluation from a company other than WES.org has been completed previous to today and you would like UNCW to consider this evaluation, complete and upload this form (Alternate to WES Evaluation) into the “Special Request to Graduate School Admissions” portal in the application. The Graduate School will review your request and inform you if this evaluation is acceptable.

McNair Scholars

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 when prompted. Upload the completed form into the ‘Program of Interest’ section of the online application when prompted.

Reapplication Instructions (if previously applied to Graduate School)

If you have submitted an application to Graduate School within the past year, you are allowed to reuse supplementary documents (i.e. transcripts and recommendations) into your current application. To request that previous materials be recycled into your current application, upload a word document outlining specifically which documents you would like to reuse into the “Reuse of Documents” upload portal in the Program of Interest section of the online application.

If you wish to reuse recommendations which are more than a year old, please check with your department coordinator to see if these documents are still acceptable.

  • Create a new account https://app.applyyourself.com/?id=UNCW-GRAD
  • If prompted that another application exists from a previous term, Click ‘CONTINUE’ to start your new account.
  • Complete the graduate application
  • When prompted for any special requests, Upload a Word document outlining which documents you wish to recycle from your previous application (i.e transcripts, recommendations, resume, essay, etc.)
  • Submit all application materials prior to the published program deadline and pay the application fee or upload the appropriate application fee waiver form.

UNCW Faculty/Staff and Dependents

The graduate application fee is waived for eligible UNCW Faculty/Staff and Dependents.

Benefit Information: Click HERE

Application Fee Waiver Form: Click HERE

To discuss employee application fee or tuition benefits contact::
Human Resources | (910) 962-3160 v (910) 962-3840 f

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 Program of Interest section of the application to receive the waiver.

Monitor Your Application Status

Application Checklist

Once you have submitted your application, you can monitor the arrival of any supplemental documents on your application checklist. It is your responsibility to ensure that all application materials arrive, and to follow up with any recommenders or transcripts that are not checked off on your Application Checklist. Only complete applications are forwarded to programs for review.

To access your application checklist:

  1. Log in to 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.

Application Processing

It typically takes 10 business days for items to be processed once received by the Graduate School. Please allow a couple of days after submission for your application checklist to appear and update.

Decision Notifications

Decision notifications are only sent via e-mail, to the e-mail address provided in your application. When a decision has been made on your application, you will receive an email with instructions on how to view your decision letter. Decisions will not be given to you over the phone.


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