General Admission All graduate admission procedures and requirements within and for the School of Graduate Studies at North Carolina Central University were developed to maintain the integrity of the UNC educational system and NCCU. These requirements and procedures were established to meet standards as dictated by the University administration and accreditation criteria. Applicants for the Law School should navigate to the School of Law website. For general admission to the School of Graduate Studies, the following guidelines should be observed:
Applicants for General Graduate Study must have earned a baccalaureate (bachelor's) degree from an accredited institution, having earned a minimum grade point average of 2.75 or a 3.0 average for the last four semesters of study for the bachelor’s degree.
Applicants for PhD Study must have earned a bachelor's or a master's degree from an accredited institution in a discipline related to the program with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 overall.
One (1) official transcript from each higher educational institution attended must be submitted. Sealed transcripts should be mailed directly to applicant, and the original sealed transcript should be included as part of the graduate school application package.
For General Graduate Admission—Two Application Evaluation and Recommendation Forms completed by persons familiar with applicant’s academic work should be included in the graduate school packet. Whenever possible, one of these forms should be completed by the Chairperson of the applicant’s undergraduate major department. (In the event applicant has been out of school for a number of years, two work references are appropriate.)
For PhD Program Admission—Three current letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate your academic and professional qualifications are required.
International applicants who are graduates of institutions of higher education located outside the U.S.A. in non-English speaking countries are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language, generally by having official scores from the Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) submitted as part of the admission packet. International students must also have a Visa clearance form completed by the International Student Advisor at school currently attending or recently attended and a photocopy of 1-20, I-94 and Visa page of current passport.
Applicants for General Graduate Study in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Behavioral and Social Sciences, School of Library and Information Sciences and the School of Education must include GRE scores. The MBA applicants must include a recent score from the GMAT, and a resume.
School of Education applicants should include a copy of current teaching license if currently certified.
Applicants for PhD Study must include GRE scores (no more than 5 years old), a Resume, and a Statement of Purpose.
Applications for the PhD Program and the General Graduate Programs should be received in the School of Graduate Studies in each college and school by the final deadline for each semester. International applicant deadlines are March 1 for fall semester and September 1 for spring semester. Applications received after the appropriate date will be considered for the next entrance.
Prospective student’s application packet and a forty dollar ($40.00) non-refundable application fee should be mailed to the School of Graduate Studies or the appropriate admitting office. If credit is not used, the fee must be in the form of a cashier’s check, certified check or money order payable to North Carolina Central University.
North Carolina Central University (NCCU), a state-supported liberal arts institution, was chartered in 1909 as a private institution and opened to students on July 10, 1910. It was founded by Dr. James E. Shepard. NCCU was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools as an “A” class institution in 1937 and was admitted to membership in that association in 1957. The General Assembly of 1939 authorized the establishment of graduate work in liberal arts and the professions. Pursuant thereto, graduate courses in the Arts and Sciences were first offered in that same year; the School of Law began operation in 1940, and the School of Library Science was established in 1941.
The School of Graduate Studies at NCCU is organized by subject matter departments which offer graduate instruction leading to advanced degrees. The School of Graduate Studies confers degrees through the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, School of Education, School of Library and Information Sciences, and School of Law. The College of Arts and Sciences includes programs in the liberal arts and in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.
The mission of the School of Graduate Studies is to provide world-class education and to produce leaders that are culturally sensitive and engaged in their respective fields of study.