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    Graduate Researcher Profiles

     Sam Myers
     Learn what graduate student Sam Myers is doing
     to make vacation rental homes more environmentally
     friendly and economically efficient.

    Graduate Researcher Profiles

     Amanda McGhee
     She's a grad student on a mission to end homelessness.

    Graduate Researcher Profiles

     Albee Ongsuco
     See why this Health Psychology Ph.D candidate wants
     students to be on their best behavior.

    Graduate Researcher Profiles

     Mark Hand
     Doctoral Candidate Mark Hand's research on
     pressure ulcer prevention, may help improve the
     quality of nursing care of hospitalized morbidly obese

    Graduate Researcher Profiles

     Mahealani Kaneshiro-Pineiro
     Discover why this researcher is not afraid of jellyfish.

    Graduate Researcher Profiles

     Karamie Bringhoff
     She's bringing old-time general stores into new
     ways of healthy eating.

    Graduate Researcher Profiles

     Lance Bollinger
     Discover how graduate student Lance Bollinger's research
     on protein degradation may lead to treatment strategies
     for people with muscle atrophy.

    Graduate Researcher Profiles

     Kaitlin Morrison
     This graduate student searches for new targets for
     cancer drugs.

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International Applicants

International Graduate Admission

In order to be considered for admission, international graduate applicants should submit the following items:

  • Application: International applicants are required to submit an online application and a supplemental application.  One application fee and one set of supporting documents should be submitted.
  • Application Fee
  • Transcripts: The Graduate School needs official transcripts in your native language of issue as well as an official, notarized or certified copy in English.  If you are admitted to ECU, we will then require a third-party credential evaluation for your degree granting institution.  This evaluation is only required after admission to ECU.  We accept evaluations by World Education Services (WES), Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), Josf Silny, and other firms accredited by NACES.  We require the Document-by-Document evaluation.  Documents must indicate that, at a minimum, a bachelor's degree or its equivalent has been awarded by an accredited college or university.  If you do not meet these requirements, then you will be dismissed from ECU. 
  • Letters of recommendation:  May be submitted electronically with the online application or via email to or by mail to the Graduate School.  Review your program's application requirements to determine the number of letters required.
  • English Proficiency: If English is not your native language and you have not completed at least one year of education (minimum of 18 credit hours) 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), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE) 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, IELTS score of 6.5, or  PTE score of 65 (with 60 on each section) is required to meet the language exam requirement.  The paper- or computer-based TOEFL exam is accepted by request only.  You may choose to attend the ECU Language Academy instead of taking the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.  Also , if you do not obtain the required score on the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE, at least one session of the ECU Language Academy may 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, IELTS, or PTE scores.  More information on the ECU Language Academy, including the ECULA application, is available at  Individual programs may have higher minimum requirements.
  • Official reports of standardized admissions test results must be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service (GRE or GMAT). ECU’s institutional code is 5180. ECU does not have departmental codes.
  • Financial information along with certified evidence of financial resources to cover educational costs and living expenses.  Documents may be submitted once an admission decision has been made.

Contact Information
The Graduate School
131 Ragsdale Building
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353 USA

Phone: +1-252-328-6012
Fax: +1-252-328-6071

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International Student Affairs & Support

The Office of International Affairs provides assistance, information and referrals to international students regarding financial, personal, cultural, and academic concerns. Advisors assist international students in maintaining their legal status while within the United States. This office also provides expert advice regarding United States immigration regulations and help with any problems that relate to visa status. For complete information go to: