Graduate Application Guide

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DE Graduate Student Application Guide

We are glad you have decided to apply to East Carolina University. We recommend that you start early and be aware of deadlines. Some graduate programs will allow students to take up to 9 credits as a non-degree student while completing the application to a degree program.

When completing your application be sure to mark “YES” in the field regarding “Online degree ". This assists us in making sure that you will receive all the information you need as one of over 6,000 ECU students who pursue their degrees without having to come to the campus.

You can access online applications, admission requirements and deadlines at Graduate admissions.  Applicants are required to complete a self-managed application prior to consideration for admission. Each graduate program decides on the admissibility of its students. Return forms, transcripts and letters of recommendation as one package to:

Graduate Admissions Office
East Carolina University
131 Ragsdale Hall
Mail Stop 570
Greenville, NC 27858


Upon completion of your application and acceptance to the University please keep in mind the following:

We want to hear from you! The Office of Continuing Studies has a student services office designed to assist you with your educational goals. If we can be of assistance at any time, please contact us at . We look forward to working with you.

Visit , Online orientations and tutorials are available for distance education students by clicking DE Orientation.

Contact your advisor: Introduce yourself and discuss registration. Your academic advisor will assist you with clarifying your academic goals and deciding on the appropriate courses for which to register. A listing of academic advisors is available on the Options website ( Select “Current Students” from the top menu, then select the appropriate advisor list. Classes fill quickly so we encourage you to register early. 

Health form/immunizations: Immunizations are not required of distance education students; however if you plan to take face to face courses in the future you will need to have an up-to-date immunization on file with the ECU student health service.

On-campus orientation: Distance education students are not required to attend an on-campus orientation session, unless required by their academic department.

Parking permit: Distance education students do not need to purchase a parking permit.

Office of Continuing Studies
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC  27858-4353
P: 252-328-9206
P: 1-800-398-9275

Click here for Graduate Admissions

Professional Licensure Disclosure Statement:

All ECU academic programs prepare students to sit for applicable licensure in North Carolina. In order to comply with U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure ECU is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure outside the state of North Carolina. ECU cannot confirm whether a particular program meets requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of North Carolina. Please contact applicable licensure board(s) in any state you may want to pursue licensure prior to beginning the academic program in order to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm program eligibility for licensure in any state outside North Carolina. 

Important Note to Residents Outside North Carolina:

Admission of applicants outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate or individual online course offered by 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 evolving changes in higher education regulations, ECU will no longer be able to offer distance education online programs or courses for students residing in District of Columbia (DC), Kentucky, Minnesota, Oregon, or Utah. We are also unable to offer distance education online programs or courses to students residing in Ohio, except for those taking courses to pursue ECU’s Nursing – MSN – Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program and Nursing – CNS – Clinical Nurse Specialist. ECU continues to 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.

Additionally, students enrolled in programs or courses that require internships or supervised clinical placements will be unable to complete these activities in the state listed.

Because authorization is an evolving area, please check this site again for the latest statement from ECU.

For questions or concerns specific to the state authorization process, contact us at

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