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 assistance comes from a variety of sources:
- Assistantships (Administrative/Graduate/Teaching/Research)
- Western Regional Graduate Program
- Educational Loans
- External Funding Resources
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.
- Please Note: Applicants may check the status of their application by visiting the Application Status Check webpage.
Application, Transcripts, Scores and Fees to GSIA
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.