Before You Apply
Who Should Be Using This Application Procedure?
Please note: If you are seeking an initial NC teaching license, please use the undergraduate application at http://www.ecu.edu/cs-educ/teachers/ .
Admission of applicants residing outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate program or individual online course offered by the 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 and Maryland. 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.
Applicants using this application process to enter the Graduate School should hold a baccalaureate degree and be applying for entry in to a new program, seeking readmission to a program for which they have been previously admitted or enrolled, seeking admission as a nondegree graduate student, or seeking readmission as a nondegree graduate student. This application is also for international undergraduate and graduate level applicants. Domestic applicants seeking a second baccalaureate degree should apply through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Graduate applicants should be seeking admission to:
Certificate: For application to post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificate program
Doctoral : For application to doctoral program (PhD, EdD, DPT, AuD)
Master’s: For application to traditional Master’s degree program (either on-campus or online)
- Non-Degree: For students interested in taking graduate courses but not interested in obtaining a graduate degree or certificate at this time. Typical applicants may include visiting students, individuals taking courses for personal/professional enrichment, or individuals taking prerequisite course work for later application to a degree program. 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 (9) 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.
- Readmit doctoral/master’s: For those individuals applying to a degree program in which they were previously enrolled.
- Readmit non-degree: For those individuals who have been previously admitted as a non-degree student. Students interested in taking a course as a non-degree student should contact the program or department that houses that course. Readmission as a non-degree student does not guarantee enrollment.
- International Graduate and Undergraduate: Applications for all programs
International Undergrad Freshman or Transfer: For applicants seeking initial undergraduate enrollment requiring an F-1student visa. Those applicants who are permanent residents, citizens of the US, or considered a domestic student, should complete the application found at
Please note that financial aid is available only for degree seeking students and some certificate programs.
Contact the Program to which You will be Applying
Visit the web site of the program of interest to you, as well as the graduate program guide. If you still have questions about the program, the graduate program director can give you details regarding the program and its requirements and can help you determine whether this program meets your needs. Each graduate program decides on the admissibility of its students.
In Research-oriented Programs, Try to Identify Potential Faculty Advisors
In some 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.
Deadlines for Application
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 enrollment capacity for a given term. The Cut-Off Deadline is the last day an application and fee can be submitted for that term. It is recommended that International applicants have a completed application by the International Deadlines below to allow enough time to process documents. Please contact the program director to determine if they allow applications past the International Deadline. Click here for specific program deadlines.
(begins in late August)
(begins in early January)
1st /11-week Summer Sessions
(begins in mid-May)
2nd Summer Session
(begins in late June)
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 and show evidence of being able to succeed in graduate studies based on an evaluation of undergraduate grades and admission test scores. (The MFA does not require test scores) A list of regional accrediting organizations is available at http://www.chea.org/Directories/regional.asp. Admission criteria and required supplementary application materials vary by individual programs. Students are advised to consult with the program director about specific program requirements. Individuals whose baccalaureate degree is more than ten years old and who have extensive professional experience related to the intended program of study may qualify for entry under the professional admissions policy. To be considered for professional admissions, applicants should contact the program's graduate director. A recommendation from the program's director directly to the Graduate School is required for admission through this option.
Filling Out the Application
Allow yourself about 30 minutes to complete the online application. In order to submit an application to the Graduate School you must first create an account using a personalized login and password. This account will allow you to save your application and continue it at a later date, as well as work on multiple applications at the same time. Keep in mind – Online applications not submitted within four weeks of creation are deleted. It will be necessary to begin a new application.
Carefully write your "Statement of Purpose"
Most programs (other than those in the College of Business) will require you to write a “Statement of Purpose” or similar 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 as clearly as possible and include reasons why ECU is the best place for you to do it. Tip: Have a knowledgeable person read a preliminary draft of your statement to be sure you are presenting your thoughts with clarity, accuracy, and enthusiasm. This must be submitted online through the Graduate Admissions Management App after your application is submitted. Do not submit a paper copy or email your Statement of Purpose to the Admissions Office as they will not be used toward your application.
Collect Required Documents
Start preparing for your application well before the deadline. Schedule a date for your standardized test and make sure you are well prepared. Carefully craft your statement of purpose essay, contact potential references, and request transcripts from all of your previous institutions. All transcripts must remain in the sealed envelope from the college or university from which is was sent; any open transcripts are unofficial and cannot be used. Electronic transcripts can be sent from the university through a secure, third-party system (e.g. Avow, eScrip) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 your coursework at East Carolina University was taken before 1991 we can NOT 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.
Pay close attention to instructions on appropriate documents—an admission decision cannot be made without all necessary documents. All application documents should be submitted. Tip: When gathering letters of recommendation (for programs requiring them), 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. We prefer that Letters of Reference come through the online Graduate Admissions Management App.
Submit Application Materials through the Graduate Admissions Management App
or by email to: email@example.com
or by mail to:
Graduate Admissions Office
East Carolina University
131 Ragsdale Hall
Greenville, NC 27858
** Statements of Purpose and Resumes must be submitted through the Graduate Admissions Management App
What You Need: A Credit Card (Visa or Mastercard)
A nonrefundable application fee of $70 is required for each application submitted. The online application accepts Visa or Mastercard and is the most efficient and effective means of payment. If you select the "Pay Later" during the application, you can pay by check, or go to our online payment site to pay by credit card. Full time permanent employees of ECU should not pay the fee but may request a waiver of the application fee. Please contact the Graduate School for more details.
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 the application and fee.
When You Have Your Test Scores Sent to ECU
All students applying for degree or certificate programs need to have official test scores (e.g., GRE, MAT, GMAT, etc., depending upon the program) submitted to the Graduate School at ECU. If you know your test scores, please enter them on the application form. They will be considered unofficial until we receive official notification from the testing service. The ECU code is 5180 (GRE), and 1354 (MAT). For nondegree/visiting students, MFA students, or students seeking readmission to ECU, no test scores are required.
Applicants Whose Native Language Is Not English
If English is not your native language and you have not completed at least one year of education at a United States school, you are required to take a standardized English language exam or complete the ECU Language Academy (ECULA). The Graduate School accepts either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and scores must be forwarded to the Graduate School by the testing service. An IBT TOEFL score of 20 on each section for a total minimum score of 80, 550 (paper-based), or 213 (computer-based), or IELTS score of 6.5 is required to meet the language exam requirement. You may choose to attend the ECU Language Academy instead of taking the TOEFL or IELTS. Also , if you do not obtain the required score on the TOEFL or IELTS, at least one session of the ECU Language Academy will be required prior to the start of your program. Successful completion of level 5 of the ECU Language Academy is required for admission without TOEFL or IELTS scores. More information on the ECU Language Academy, including the ECULA application, is available at http://ecula.ecu.edu. Individual programs may have higher minimum requirements.
International and US graduate applicants are to complete the application in a similar manner. Applicants from outside the US will not see the word "International" in the document. Based on information obtained from the application, we will have the necessary information to determine that you are an international student. Please visit the International Applicants site for additional application and documentation requirements.
Thank you for your interest in East Carolina University!
We look forward to having you become a part of one of our programs on the Greenville campus or online.
East Carolina University's GRE (code is 5180), and MAT (code is 1354): HF3-LV-64 (GMAT - accounting), HF3-LV-16 (GMAT - MBA).
Applicants to ALL graduate degree and certificate programs must complete and submit an application, with the application fee. International applicants are also required to submit a supplemental application via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Program requirements and application deadlines can be found here.
Degree seeking applicants must complete the following steps:
If your Bachelor's degree was awarded more than 10 years ago, reduced transcript requirements are in place.
- We require transcripts showing your awarded Bachelor's degree. If you have earned another Bachelor's, a Master's, or a doctoral degree, transcripts showing those awarded degrees are also required.
- We require 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 taken prior to earning your first Bachelor's degree
- If you attended ECU, 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 your coursework at East Carolina University was taken before 1991 we can NOT 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.
- Access the Graduate Admissions Management App and enter the names and email addresses of your references. They will be able to submit their letters electronically. This site is accessible the day after you submit an application and payment to the Graduate School.
- Submit your Statement of Purpose and/or Resume (if required) through the Graduate Admissions Management App.
Have official MAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, and/or IELT score report sent directly from the testing service to the Graduate School (The MFA degree does not require test scores)
Some departments require additional application information. Contact your program of interest for additional requirements.
If applying through the professional admission track, consult with the program's graduate director regarding admissions test requirement.
Certificate seeking applicants must complete the following steps:
Nondegree applicants must submit a nondegree application online with the application fee and an official transcript showing a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution. Please note that financial aid is available only for degree seeking students. 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.
Readmission Applicants must submit a readmission application online. No fee is required.
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.
1. Apply Online
2. Pay Fee
- If you did not pay at the time of application, you can pay by credit card online by clicking here.
- Once your application fee has been paid, you can access the Graduate Admissions Management App (please allow 24 hours after payment before accessing the site)
Paper Versions of our Electronic processes:
After You Apply
After you apply, please be sure to retain your Login ID and PIN in your records. You will be able to check the status of your application by returning to the Admissions Login page and logging in as a returning user. The Login ID and PIN are also used for the Graduate Admissions Management App. Any additional questions may be directed to the Graduate School.