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 a separate application is required for each degree program. An electronic application may be completed and submitted at the Graduate School Web site, www.ecu.edu/gradschool/. Any transcripts and test scores submitted will be used towards both applications; duplicates are not needed. 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 the final dates an application and fee can be submitted to the Graduate School for specified terms. Students are encouraged to inquire about individual programs as early as possible since some programs have early deadlines, admit only once per year, or review applications only at fixed times during the year. Early application is encouraged, particularly if application for an assistantship is contemplated. The completed application packet must be received in the Graduate School by program-defined deadlines to insure that the application is given full consideration. Late applicants cannot be assured their application will be processed in time for the desired session of enrollment.
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 www.ecu.edu/gradschool/ for earlier deadlines.
Individuals whose baccalaureate degree is more than ten years old and who have extensive professional experience related to the intended program of study may be eligible to seek admission through the professional admissions policy upon recommendation of the graduate program director. Interested applicants should consult with the program director of the degree program for more information.
Early contact with your program of interest can be helpful in preparing your application. Admissions criteria and required supplementary application materials vary by individual programs.
Applicants must submit:
The general test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is accepted by all master's and doctoral programs with the exception of the College of Business. 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 Analogies Test (MAT) is accepted by all College of Education degree programs.
Many programs do not require entrance exam scores for holders of the master’s degree or more advanced degrees. Please check with the graduate program director for more information.
The master of music degree with a major in education and all MAEd programs except adult education require North Carolina Teaching Licensure for admission.
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 distance education courses must be admitted to the university as a degree or nondegree 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 as a nondegree seeking student to take a specific graduate course or courses. If the student is enrolled at one of the sister UNC schools, they may use the inter-institutional system for application and registration and no transcripts are required.
Admission to Certificate ProgramsThe admissions requirements for graduate certificate programs vary by 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.
To apply for nondegree enrollment, prospective students must submit an online nondegree graduate application at www.ecu.edu/gradschool/. An official transcript or other document showing an earned degree from a regionally accredited institution is required. A nonrefundable application fee is required.
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. Graduate-level course work taken during the senior year may be counted towards the graduate degree and also towards the undergraduate course work needed to complete 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 BS Exercise Physiology/DPT Physical Therapy program. Other combinations will become available. Students interested in the integrated bachelor's/master's programs should discuss their goals with their advisors and the Graduate School.
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.
Students who take a leave of less than three years may file an application for readmission online at www.ecu.edu/gradschool/. There is no fee for readmission. Students wishing to change graduate degree or certificate programs after a leave of absence must submit a new admissions application.
Students who take a leave of absence of three or more years must submit a new complete application to be considered for admission to their former program or any other graduate program within the university. Students readmitted after a leave of absence of three years or more will be required to meet new or changed degree requirements. East Carolina University course credit will be evaluated for applicability towards degree requirements in accordance with established time limits.
For information on time limitations, view Residence and Graduate Requirements found at www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/grcat1112/regulations.cfm#resreqmts.
For information on probation and dismissal, view the Probation and Termination Policy found at www.ecu.edu/cs-acad/grcat1112/regulations.cfm#resreqmts.
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.