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Before you Apply

Step 1: Visit Program Websites

We recommend that prior to submitting your application you contact the program area offering the degree, certificate and/or licensure program(s) to which you are seeking admission to determine if additional materials or procedures are required.

Step 2: Determine Tuition & Fees

One of the first questions graduate students have is, "How will I pay for Graduate School?" Programs have different tuition based on varying factors. Each program listed in our Degrees & Programs webpage identifies the tuition bracket for individual programs.

Financial Resources

Financial assistance comes from a variety of sources:  

Step 3: Understand the Application Process

The Graduate School and International Admissions(GSIA) processes applications from all future graduate students. Your application is valid for one calendar year from the proposed start date.

Application, Transcripts, Scores and Fees to GSIA

Submit the official online application and transcripts, processing fees and test scores (if applicable) to GSIA for initial evaluation.

Evaluation at GSIA

After initial GSIA evaluation, applications materials are sent to the selected graduate program to be reviewed by the faculty. A recommendation of Regular Admission, Conditional Admission, Provisional Admission or Denied Admission is submitted by the graduate program.

Official Admission Notification

After the program has made a decision, you will receive an official admission notice, in writing, from GSIA and the individual graduate program.

Step 4: Schedule a Campus Visit

UNC offers personalized visits for prospective graduate students that can include an admissions appointment, an appointment with a faculty advisor, a campus tour specially geared for a graduate student, and appointments with the Financial Aid and Housing offices.

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