Complete the Application Online
The online application requires you to create a login ID and PIN before beginning. Keep this ID and PIN for use later to submit additional materials and to check your application status. Be prepared to spend about 20 minutes on the application. 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 different Application Types to ensure you select the right one.
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. To meet a program's application deadline or the Graduate School's cut off deadline, you must submit both the application and fee. The online application accepts Visa or MasterCard and is the most efficient means of payment. Full-time permanent employees of ECU should not pay the fee; instead select "Pay Later" and contact the Graduate School to request a waiver of the application fee. We must emphasize that the fee cannot be refunded, so be certain you are submitting the correct application before paying the fee.
The University will be closed December 21 through January 1. The Graduate School will not receive applications or mail items during this time. If your program has a deadline in January or February, please plan accordingly.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the Graduate School.
ECU Graduate School
131 Ragsdale Hall, Mail Stop 570
Greenville, NC 27858
ECU TranscriptsIf 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 CalculationsThe 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
Bachelor's Degree over 10 years oldIf 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
- 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
- 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 degree granting 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.
Submit Test Scores
All Master's and Doctoral programs (except the MFA) require an official standardized test score from 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 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.
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 access the Graduate Admissions Management App to submit your statement of purpose, resume, and reference information, if required. Please allow 24 hours after payment before accessing the site. 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 here to find more information on these additional application requirements.
After you apply, please be sure to retain your Login ID and PIN. You will be able to check the status of your application by returning to the Graduate School's Application page and logging in. The Login ID and PIN are also used for the Graduate Admissions Management App. 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 emails provide you with your Login ID and PIN and verifies that you have submitted your paid application. As you work to complete your application requirements, you will receive emails that update you on the status of your application. Additionally your application processor will contact you concerning any questions 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.