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Graduate Admission Process

The NC State Graduate School oversees the admission process for all graduate programs online and 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.

For online graduate programs, the admission requirements are included with the program information.

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Graduate School Priority Application Deadlines

Applications and all supporting documents must be received on or before the priority deadlines OR the Program Deadlines, whichever is earlier. The Graduate School Priority Deadlines are shown below. Note that applications must be submitted to the Graduate School by midnight Eastern Standard Time on the deadline.

Fall Spring Summer 1 Summer 2
US Citizens: Jun 25 Nov 25 Mar 25 May 10
Internationals: Mar 1 Jul 15 Dec 15 Dec 15

Please be aware of specific program deadlines, as many are earlier than the Graduate School priority deadlines. All application fees are totally non-refundable.

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