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. If you would like to receive additional information or ask questions, please sign up by clicking the "Request More Information" link below.
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.
All ECU academic programs prepare
students to sit for applicable licensure in North Carolina. In order to
comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance
education and professional licensure, ECU is required to make the following
disclosure with respect to professional licensure outside the state of North
Carolina. ECU cannot confirm whether a particular program meets
requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of North
Carolina. Please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you
may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order
to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the
student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any
state outside North Carolina.
Admission of applicants outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate 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.
East Carolina University delivers online education programs and courses throughout the United States and internationally. All programs have been approved by the University of North Carolina General Administration. Many states have prescribed an "authorization" process for out-of-state institutions delivering online programs to its state residents to ensure quality post-secondary education, to preserve the integrity of an academic degree, and to instill greater consumer protection for its student citizens. East Carolina University has taken steps to protect its students and operations through nationwide compliance: by participation in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA); obtaining authorization, approval, exemptions and waivers; or confirming that East Carolina University can operate without such authorization because the state's laws do not pertain to a public institution to an accredited institution, or to the ECU's activities in that state.
As of November 14, 2016, East Carolina University is approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Institutions that are member of SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states. States and institutions that choose to become members of SARA operate under a set of policies and standards overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements and administered by four regional higher education compacts. For more information about the SARA initiative and the progress of state and institutional membership.
Because authorization is an evolving area, please check this site again for the latest statement from ECU.
For questions or concerns specific to the state authorization process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the website of the program and contact the program director to find details regarding the program and its requirements. Start by finding your Masters, Doctoral, 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.
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.
ECU requires you to submit an online application for admission. Once you have submitted your initial application, you can log in to your Self Service Center at any time and manage your application and any required documents. In addition to educational information, you will be asked questions to
determine your residency status. You will also be required to complete questions pertaining to campus safety. Review the Application Types tab to ensure you select the right
application type. After you submit the application, you will receive an email with instructions on how to pay the $75 non-refundable application fee.
A non-refundable application fee of $75 is required for each application submitted. Your application is not reviewed by the Graduate School until after your application fee is received. The Payment Portal accepts Visa, Mastercard or Discover only. We must emphasize that the application fee cannot be refunded, so be certain you are submitting the correct application before paying the fee.
ECU requires official transcripts for all earned post-secondary degrees, regardless of when the degree was awarded, and all post-secondary course work completed within 5 years of the date of application. Additional transcripts are required for transfer credits in excess of 50% of the credits required for a post-secondary degree. An original transcript is always required - no faxes or email attachments are accepted. Transcripts should be submitted electronically through a secure transcript service such as Parchment, e-Script or Avow to email@example.com or mailed to the Graduate School at the following address:
ECU Graduate School131 Ragsdale Hall, Mail Stop 570Greenville, NC 27858
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.
The Graduate School provides two GPA calculations to programs for use during their application review.
Your checklist may 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. You will need to request to have a complete transcript sent to the Graduate School once the degree and conferral date have been posted.
All Master's and Doctoral programs (except the MFA) require an official standardized test score: GRE, MAT 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 with significant, relevant experience in the field of study may be considered for Professional Admission and may be eligible to receive a waiver of the test score requirement. Contact the 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.
Refer to your program's specific requirements and your application checklist in the Self Service Center to determine the requirements that apply to you. An application is not sent to the program for their review until all items that are required by the program are received. Click above on the Additional Requirements tab to find out more information.
After you apply, please be sure to retain your account username and password. You will be able to check the status of your application by logging in to your Self Service Center. You will receive an email confirming that your application is complete and will be sent to your program for review.
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. Once a decision is made you will receive an email notification to log into the system and view your decision.
Most graduate programs at ECU require recommendation letters. Reference providers must submit their letters electronically. Applicants
will enter the name and email address of their recommender(s) and automatic communication will be
emailed to them to complete a form and upload their letter 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.
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 when submitting the initial application or at a later time by logging in to your Self Service Center. 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 relevant work background. Submit your resume online when completing the initial application or following the initial submission by logging in to the Self Service Center. Do not submit a paper copy or e-mail your resume to the Admissions Office as it will not be used toward your application
The programs listed below require a supplemental application in addition to the Graduate School's application. The supplemental application is to be uploaded in your self - service center as a required item. 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 when submitting the initial online application or following submission by logging in to your Self Service Center.
You may include any unofficial documents (unofficial transcripts, unofficial test scores or supplemental items that are not required by the Graduate School). You have the opportunity to submit additional materials with your application. Combine all documents into one file and upload it along with other supplemental items. This item is not required but may be used by program directors to gain additional insight on the applicant and their background.
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.
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.
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