Graduate School
Graduate School
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Graduate Admissions Information

Thank you for your interest in Graduate Programs at East Carolina University.  The information below will guide you through the application and admissions process for the Graduate School.

Academic Programs

Eligibility to Pursue a Graduate Program

To qualify for admissions to a graduate degree program, an applicant must hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting body.

Admission of applicants residing outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate program or individual online course offered by East Carolina University is dependent on ECU's ability to secure authorization from the applicant's state of residence, if such authorization is required.

Due to evolving changes in higher education regulations, at this time, ECU is unable to serve all of the students that are interested in our courses or programs. ECU will no longer be able to offer distance education online programs or courses for students residing in the states listed below. ECU will work with state authorities to allow students in these states who are currently enrolled in an ECU online or certificate program to complete their degree. Additionally, students enrolled in programs or courses that require internships or supervised clinical placements will be unable to complete these activities in the states listed. If you cannot access the link provided, please contact us at 252.737.1268 or .

Alabama - Only ECU's MBA and MS - Security Studies programs are approved.


Minnesota - Only ECU's MSN - Nursing Leadership is approved.


Ohio - Only ECU's MSN - Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program is approved with clinical activities

ECU cannot confirm whether any of its courses or programs meets requirements for professional licensure outside of the state of North Carolina.  ECU strongly encourages students to contact applicable licensing boards in states they wish to pursue licensure prior to seeking admission or beginning study in an academic program.

Learn About Your Program

Visit the website of the program and contact the program director to find details regarding the program and its requirements. Start by finding your MastersDoctoral, or Other Graduate Program on the Find Your Program page. Admission requirements and deadlines differ for each program, so be certain to identify the specific requirements for your program. Discuss your goals with the program director to determine whether the degree and the program is the best fit for your needs. In some research-oriented programs, it is useful for prospective graduate students to identify a potential research supervisor before applying. The best potential supervisor is one who is doing research in an area close to your interests. Programs will often have a list of faculty members/potential supervisors and their research interests on their website. Follow program instructions on how best to approach potential supervisors.

Review Application Deadlines

The completed application packet must be received by the Graduate School by program-defined deadlines to insure that the application is given full consideration. Be sure to check program requirements closely as some programs only admit students once per year and not all programs have the same deadline for applications. Applications will be processed until individual programs notify us that they have reached their deadline or capacity for a given term.

The Graduate School's Cut-Off Deadline is the last day a paid application of any kind can be submitted for that term. This deadline is of primary concern to non-degree applicants and applicants to programs with rolling deadlines.  

Cut-Off deadlines: 

FallAugust 15th
Spring (New and Readmit applications)December 20th
1st & 11-week Summer
May 5th
2nd Summer
June 15th


Complete the Application Online

The online application requires you to create an account before starting an application. There are known compatibility issues when using Internet Explorer and Google Chrome. Especially Internet Explorer 11. It is preferred that you create an account and fill out the online application using Mozilla Firefox. After creating an account you will be able to submit your application for your intended program. You can log into GradApply at any time and manage your application. Be prepared to spend about 20 minutes on the application as well as paying the $70 application fee . In addition to personal information and program selection, you will be asked questions to determine residency status and questions pertaining to campus safety. Review the Application Types tab to ensure you select the right application type.

A non-refundable application fee of $70 is required for each application submitted. Your application is not reviewed by the Graduate School until after your application fee is received. The online application accepts Visa or Mastercard only. We must emphasize that the application fee cannot be refunded, so be certain you are submitting the correct application before paying the fee. Application fee waivers are available in special cases. These questions will be asked at the end of the application. There are instructions on what you will need to do to be verified for an application fee waiver. Please follow those instructions precisely.

Instructions on how to submit an application and submit supplemental items are below.

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Submit Transcripts to the Graduate School

ECU requires official transcripts from all institutions attended, even if it was only for a single course. Transfer credit posted on transcripts of another institution is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from the actual institution attended. An original transcript is always required - no faxes or email attachments. ECU uses the National Student Clearinghouse to view institutions you attended and transcripts from schools appearing on the National Student Clearinghouse report will be required. Transcripts should be submitted electronically through a secure transcript service such as Parchment, e-Scrip or Avow to or mailed to the Graduate School at the following address:

ECU Graduate School
131 Ragsdale Hall, Mail Stop 570
Greenville, NC 27858

ECU Transcripts

If you attended East Carolina University, your ECU transcript will automatically be retrieved and sent to the Graduate School. If a hold is found on your record, the transcript will not be retrieved and you will have to first remove the hold and then contact the Registrar's Office to request your transcript and pay any associated fees. If any ECU coursework was taken before 1991 we cannot automatically retrieve a transcript for you. You will need to contact the Registrar to obtain a transcript. You will be notified via email about the status of your ECU transcript after your application is submitted.

GPA Calculations

The Graduate School provides two GPA calculations to programs for use during their application review.

  • Undergraduate GPA - The GPA from your degree granting institution. If you took less than 40 semester hours from your degree granting institution, we will use hours from previous transcripts to calculate a GPA.
  • Post-bac GPA - Cumulative GPA of courses taken after the first earned bachelor's degree. This GPA is calculated if the applicant has 9 or more semester hours of post-bac coursework.
Bachelor's Degree over 10 years old
If your bachelor's degree was awarded more than 10 years ago, reduced transcript requirements may be in place. Your processor will contact you with your personalized transcript submission requirements. 

  • We require transcripts showing any awarded degree (Bachelor's, Master's or doctoral and transcripts showing any coursework that is less than 10 years old, regardless of whether it is part of an earned degree.)
  • We do not require transcripts that contain only courses that were earned prior to your first Bachelor's degree unless you took less than 40 semester hours from your degregranting institution. We then will request additional transcripts and use hours from previous transcripts to calculate a GPA.

All transcripts we receive will be added to your application packet and provided to the program. The application processor will contact you regarding transcript requirements; required transcripts will be listed on your Checklist. If you submit transcripts or other materials prior to submitting an application, these documents will be held in our office for 3 months. If an application is not submitted by that time, the documents will be destroyed.

Your checklist will contain the item "Final Transcript." This is used for the Graduate School to record that we have received the transcript that shows your awarded undergraduate degree. If your program's deadline comes before or close to your undergraduate graduation, please submit a current transcript. Your application will continue to be processed and we will send it to the program for review without your final, degree awarded, transcript. Once you graduate and your degree is posted to your transcript, please have another transcript sent to the Graduate School to meet this Final Transcript checklist requirement.

Submit Test Scores

All Master's and Doctoral programs (except the MFA) require an official standardized test score from GREMAT or GMAT. Some certificate programs require a test score. See your program's website for the test required and any score minimums they may recommend. Test scores must come from the testing service; score printouts are not accepted.

East Carolina University's codes: GRE (5180), MAT (1354), GMAT-MSA (HF3-LV-64), GMAT-MBA (HF3-LV-16)

Professional Admission track - Applicants whose undergraduate degree is at least 10 years old with significant experience in the field of study may be considered for Professional Admission and receive a waiver of the test score requirement. If you meet the criteria, contact your graduate program director to inquire about this option.

Previous Master's Test Score Waiver - Applicants who have already earned a Master's degree or higher may be considered for a waiver of the test score requirement. Please contact your graduate program director to inquire about this option.

Submit All Other Application Requirements

Refer to your program's specific requirements and your application checklist to determine the requirements that apply to you. Once your application fee has been paid, you can begin to load your supplemental items in GradApply. Please allow 15 minutes after payment before uploading your supplemental items. The Graduate School will not accept documents that are not required by your program. An application is not sent to the program for their review until all requirements are received. Click above on the Additional Requirements tab to find out more information.

Application Status

After you apply, please be sure to retain your create and account username and password. You will be able to check the status of your application by logging in and returning to GradApply. If you have questions about the application process, please review our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

You will receive multiple emails throughout the admissions process. The first email confirms that you have submitted your paid application. There will also be instructions attached to that email on how to upload your supplemental items. You can access GradApply at any time to check on the status of your application and check to see if your supplemental items have been received or not. Additionally, your application processor will contact you concerning any questions he/she may have. Finally, you will receive an email confirming that your application is complete and will be sent to your program for review. If you do not receive any of these emails after submitting your application, please contact the Graduate School.

Once the application is sent to the program for review, the Graduate Admissions office can no longer update you on the status of your application. Some programs review and make a decision as soon as the application is received; others review their full pool of applicants at one time. For information about the timeline for an admission decision, please contact your program.


The Graduate School sends all completed applications to the program for their review and decision. Each graduate program decides on the admissibility of its students. The Graduate School communicates the admission decision via letter to the applicant's permanent address.

Application Types

  1. Masters - Application for Master's degree program
  3. Doctoral - Application for doctoral degree program (PhD, EdD, DPT, DNP, AuD), the EdS program, and MA/CAS Psychology program
  5. Certificate - Application for Certificate program.  While most certificates are available to an applicant with an earned bachelor's degree, some certificates require a Masters enrollment or completion for admission. Review the requirements for your desired certificate prior to applying.

  6. Non-Degree - For students interested in taking graduate courses but not interested in obtaining a graduate degree or certificate at this time. Typical non-degree applicants include visiting students, individuals taking courses for personal/professional enrichment, or individuals taking prerequisite course work for later application to a degree program. Non-degree applicants need only to submit an official transcript showing an awarded bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution. Admission will not be granted until this transcript is received. Financial aid is not available for non-degree students.

    Please note: Completing courses as a non-degree student offers no assurance that a student will be accepted into a graduate program at some future date. If accepted into a program at a future date, no more than nine non-degree credits may be counted towards a degree or certificate program, and then, only by consent of the student's graduate advisory committee and department chair.

    Students interested in taking a course as a non-degree student should contact the program or department that houses that course. Admission as a non-degree student does not guarantee enrollment. Not all programs allow non-degree students in their graduate courses - the College of Business and the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders are examples of programs with strict requirements for non-degree enrollment. The College of Nursing will not enroll non-degree students due to course demand by degree-seeking students.
  8. Readmit -The deadline for submitting a Spring 2015 readmission applications is December 20th.
    The Readmit application is used in the following situations:
    - You were admitted to the Graduate School, began taking courses, and then took at least a Fall or Spring term off. The Readmit application can be used if you have been away from the University for less than three years.

    - You were admitted to the Graduate School but did not enroll in courses. The Readmit application can be used for one year past your initial admission term.

    - You were denied by a program and you wish again to seek admission to that same program within one year of your initial application term.

    There is no fee for the Readmit application. If you are unsure if a Readmit application is appropriate for your situation, please contact the Graduate School for assistance.

Additional Application Requirements

Letters of Reference

When gathering letters of recommendation, approach people who can provide a strong, personal letter that focuses on your academic and intellectual abilities. Comments on your positive character traits and professional experience, while helpful, are not as relevant as comments on your ability to succeed academically. Reference providers must submit their letters electronically. All letters of reference will be submitted through GradApply. Applicants will enter their person of choice and automatic communication will be emailed to them to complete a form and upload their letter of reference.

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose is an essay describing your academic interests and how you would intend to pursue them in the graduate program at ECU. This writing sample is a very important part of your application and is given considerable weight by most graduate programs. Be sure to state your academic interests clearly and include reasons why ECU is the best place for you to pursue your graduate education.

You will be able to upload your Statement of Purpose online through GradApply. Do not submit a paper copy or e-mail your Statement of Purpose to the Admissions Office as it will not be used toward your application.


The Resume or Curriculum Vita is a summary listing of your academic and work background. Submit your Resume online through GradApply. Do not submit a paper copy or e-mail your resume to the admissions office as it will not be used toward your application

Supplemental Application

The programs listed below require a supplemental application in addition to the Graduate School's application. Most supplemental applications require you to respond to specific essay or short answer questions and give information on program prerequisites. 

*Please do not submit your supplemental application until AFTER you have submitted and paid for your graduate application.


The program may require current teaching or nursing licensure for admission. You will have the ability to upload a copy of your license in GradApply. If you will not earn your license prior to the program's application deadline, please inform your processor.

Checklist Requirements Key

When you view your checklist online or receive automated emails regarding the status of your application, any item that does not have "received" beside it is an application item that is still needed by our office. The list below gives a description of the various checklist items. This list is for reference only. All items listed are not required for every program.

Answers to Safety QuestionsThis refers to receipt of your online application. If there is a status of "pending" then it is under review by the Dean of Students Office.

Non-refundable Application Fee

Application fee and method of payment
NC LicensureProof of licensure in your field required for some applications. Nursing allows licensure outside of NC, contact program for details.

Statement of PurposeThis refers to a Statement of Purpose or Intent

Writing SampleThis also refers to a Statement of Purpose or Intent

Letter 1, 2, 3
Letters of Recommendation required by some programs; when completed a status of "complete" will appear in the "Status" area.

Transcript 1, 2, 3
The required college transcripts are listed here. Your actual college name will not appear in the "Item Received Description" area until it has been received.

Final College TranscriptThis is used to record receipt of a transcript showing that your undergraduate degree was awarded.

Graduate Record ExamRefers to receipt of official scores for the GRE

Miller Analogies TestRefers to receipt of official scores for the MAT

Graduate Management
Admissions Test
Refers to receipt of official scores for the GMAT

Resume This refers to a requirement to submit a resume

Supplemental Application This is a separate application required by your program. Please visit the program website for information. 

Note: When a program offers multiple test options for the test score requirement, all test options will be listed until official scores are received by the Graduate School. The additional test options must be removed from your application requirements manually in our office, so please allow several days for the unused options to be removed.