East Carolina University is an equal educational opportunity institution. In keeping with this policy, the university makes no distinction in the admission of students or in any other of its activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, or disability.
Prospective students may apply simultaneously for more than one graduate degree program, but each application requires the submission of a complete application packet. An application may be downloaded and printed or completed and submitted at the Graduate School web site, www.ecu.edu/gradschool/. Further information is available by telephoning the Graduate School at 252-328-6012.
Any individual applying or enrolled in the Graduate School must promptly notify the dean of the Graduate School in writing if any of the following occurs: any criminal charge; any disposition of a criminal charge; any type of military discharge other than honorable discharge; or any school, college, or university disciplinary action against the student. Failure to report any of the above actions is grounds for denial or withdrawal of admission to ECU as well as dismissal after enrollment.
The dates below are deadlines for receipt of the application form by the Graduate School. Early application is encouraged, particularly if application for an assistantship is contemplated. Students are encouraged to inquire about individual programs as early as possible since some programs have earlier deadlines and review applications only at fixed times during the year.
Master’s degree candidates planning to enroll in the fall who wish to be considered for out-of-state tuition waivers must submit applications by February 1. If applications are received after that date, waivers will be considered only as funds are available. Some programs have earlier deadlines. You should consult firstname.lastname@example.org for earlier deadlines.
Applicants for admission to the Graduate School are required to complete a self-managed application prior to consideration for admission. Applications to the Graduate School may be submitted by the preferred method (online) or by mail. This application requires that the student manage the application process by completing the appropriate forms, gathering the necessary transcripts and letters of recommendation, and returning the forms as one package to the Graduate School. Graduate School applications can be acquired from the Graduate School’s home page www.ecu.edu/gradschool/.
One official transcript from every college or university previously attended is required. The applicant must request a sealed copy of an official transcript from the registrar of each school attended. The student will forward the transcripts to the Graduate School as part of the self-managed application. Three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to the applicant’s academic competence or ability to do graduate work must be collected by the student and included in the self-managed application sent to the Graduate School. The College of Business does not require letters of recommendation or a statement of purpose from its applicants.
Scores from a standardized test are required for admission to all graduate programs. Applicants must request the testing service to forward the results to the Graduate School. Examinations must have been taken within the past five years.
The general test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is required for programs in anthropology, biology, molecular biology, chemistry, communication sciences and disorders, computer science, economics, English, environmental health, geography, geology, history (MA), physical therapy, physics, political science, psychology, public administration, sociology, speech-language and auditory pathology (MS), and all PhD programs.
The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for the graduate programs in accounting and business administration.
The general test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) or the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is accepted by all other master’s programs, including all MAEd programs, and the EdD program.
Many programs do not require entrance exam scores for holders of the master’s degree or more advanced degrees. However, biology, business administration, child development and family relations, communication sciences and disorders, counselor education, economics, educational leadership, exercise and sports science, health education, history, mathematics, molecular biology, nursing, psychology, public administration rehabilitation studies, social work, and speech-language and auditory pathology programs require entrance examination scores for all applicants.
The master of music degree with a major in education and all MAEd programs except adult education require North Carolina Teaching Licensure for admission.
The admissions requirements for graduate certificate programs depend upon the program. Some certificate programs require that the applicant be enrolled in a degree program while other certificate programs are designed for any person holding a baccalaureate degree. Credit earned while enrolled in a graduate certificate program may be transferred into a degree program with the approval of the department offering the degree program.
Applicants are admitted to degree and certificate programs only upon the issuance of a formal letter of admission by the Graduate School. Admission decisions are not made until the application portfolio is complete.
Requirements for admission to the summer session terms are the same as those for regular semesters of the academic year. However, some programs of study cannot be initiated in the summer session.
Students wishing to enroll in courses offered through the Division of Continuing Studies must be admitted to the university as a degree or non-degree student. Requirements for admission are the same as those for students enrolling on the main campus.
A graduate student in good standing at another institution may apply to take a specific graduate course or courses with-out furnishing transcripts and examination scores if the dean of the student’s graduate school supports such a request in writing. Students enroll as nondegree-seeking students.
Incomplete applications will be destroyed one year after the beginning date of the term of intended enrollment. Applicants may request that copies of transcripts be returned before the year is over, or they may request that their applications be continued for another year.
Nondegree application forms can be submitted electronically or downloaded from the Graduate School website at www.ecu.edu/gradschol or mailed to the Graduate School, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353. Students should submit nondegree applications no later than one week prior to registration day. A $50 processing fee will be charged ($60 beginning spring 2008).
Integrated Bachelor's/Master's ProgramThis program allows ECU undergraduates with at least a 3.5 GPA to apply as juniors to an integrated bachelor’s/master’s program. Upon admission to the master’s degree program, the student can count up to 15 s.h. of graduate credit toward completion of the bachelor’s degree. Students participating in an integrated program earn the bachelor’s degree prior to completion of the master’s degree. Students may apply for the BA Psychology/MS Occupational Therapy Program, the BS Quantitative Economics/MS Applied Economics Programs, or the BS Exercise Physiology/DPT Physical Therapy programs. Other combinations will become available. Students should discuss their goals with their advisors and the Graduate School. Updated information about participating degree programs is available on the Succeed Sooner web site: www.ecu.edu/succeedsooner.
Accelerated Master's Degree ProgramsECU currently offers two accelerated master’s degree programs. These programs result in the awarding of one degree – the master’s.
The College of Nursing offers an accelerated RN/MSN program for transfer students who have a RN license but do not have an undergraduate degree. Students completing the RN/MSN do not receive the BSN degree. Students in the RN/MSN option must complete all general education and cognate requirements prior to beginning undergraduate nursing courses. Separate application is made to the graduate program in the first or second semester of study in the RN/MSN option. Students enrolled in the RN/MSN option must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the 15 s.h. of undergraduate nursing courses to be eligible to continue in this option. Admission to the RN/MSN option does not guarantee entry into a specific graduate concentration.
The Department of Occupational Therapy offers an accelerated MS in occupational therapy program. Students interested in this program enroll as freshmen in health services management and follow the specified plan of study in the health service management curriculum to complete required core undergraduate courses and prerequisites for the MS degree. Students apply for Graduate School in their junior year and may be admitted upon completion of the undergraduate plan of study – a minimum of 108 credits. Students will be awarded the MS in occupational therapy at end of five years completing a total of 162 credit hours.
Six-hour RuleECU seniors who are within 6 s.h. or less of completion of all undergraduate degree requirements may apply for admission to graduate degree programs. If admitted prior to the semester or summer term during which 6 s.h. or less and any remaining requirements must be completed, they may enroll in 5000- or 6000-level courses applicable to graduate degree requirements. Graduate courses taken under the “six hour rule” do not double count toward completion of the undergraduate degree.
Successful applicants must complete all remaining undergraduate degree requirements during the semester or summer term to which they are admitted. Failure to fulfill this requirement will result in cancellation of admission to graduate degree study and enrollment in any 6000-level courses will be invalidated.
When a graduate program is interrupted for one calendar year, the student will not be readmitted unless he or she meets admission requirements current at the time of the request for readmission. The Graduate School Administrative Board will consider requests to waive this rule in specific cases when a student’s major school or department recommends waiver.
A student who has had a graduate program terminated by the Graduate School for any reason may apply for readmission to the terminated program or to another program. In either case, the student will complete an application for readmission, which will be forwarded to the academic program for its review. If the graduate faculty of the academic program does not approve readmission, they will convey that decision in writing to the Graduate School office and the dean of the Graduate School will communicate that decision to the student in writing (copy to the director of graduate studies). If the graduate faculty of the academic program wishes to admit the student, they will forward that decision in writing to the Graduate School Administrative Board for review. The academic program must state the specific conditions the students must meet to be admitted and complete the program. If approved by the Administrative Board, the dean of the Graduate School will communicate the decision of the graduate faculty and the Administrative Board to the student in writing (copy to the director of graduate studies).
Online/off campus/satellite students/ or students taking four credit hours or less are exempt from the immunization requirement. The exemption is automatic at the time of registration.
Prerequisites are stated as integral parts of various programs, entrance requirements for degree programs, and sequential progression into subject matter. Students are not allowed to enroll in courses for which they have not met the prerequisites.
While such modifications are ordinarily made a matter of record at the beginning of a student’s program, schools and departments have the prerogative to make changes in a student’s program at any time prior to graduation.