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Graduate Admission Process

The NC State Graduate School oversees the admission process for all graduate programs — online or distance education as well as on-campus programs. All admission decisions include an evaluation of the applicant’s potential for graduate work and the ability of a program to accommodate additional students. However, each college and program has its own admission criteria and deadlines.

As part of the graduate admission process, academic departments typically form an admissions committee to review all applications. Recommendations are then forwarded to The Graduate School for final approval and processing. The Graduate School regulations determine the classification of graduate student status granted to each applicant accepted.

The Graduate School uses a common online application for all graduate programs. Please note: each program has different application deadlines. Some programs accept applicants only once a year. International students may have earlier application deadlines for all programs. Once you have submitted your online application, you can return to check your application status.

Graduate Certificate students apply to the Graduate School, just as master’s and doctoral students do.

Find your program in Explore Programs for admission requirements for your program of interest.

Transferring in Graduate Credits?

NC State University policy allows graduate programs to accept a maximum of 12 credit hours into a program. However, some programs do not allow transfer from a previous graduate program.

A course completed at another college or university may be considered for transfer to a master’s program provided that:

  • the course is classified as a graduate course;
  • it was completed while the student was in a graduate or post-baccalaureate classification;
  • it was not taken as a part of a previous master’s degree program at another institution;
  • the grade in the course is B or better. Courses with grades of B- or lower will not be allowed to transfer;
  • the college or university is accredited by one of the six U.S. regional accrediting agencies.
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