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 recent changes in higher education regulations, ECU will no longer be able to offer online programs or courses for students residing in Alabama, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Maryland, and Ohio. 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.
For questions specific to the state authorization process, call 252-737-1268 or email email@example.com.
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 Master's, Doctoral, or Other Graduate Program on the Academic Programs 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 such time the individual programs notify us 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: August 15 for Fall semester; December 20 for Spring Semester; May 5 for 1st & 11-week Summer Sessions; June 15 for 2nd Summer Session.