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How to Apply

Students must complete the application for the certificate, and be accepted into the graduate school, through the standard application. Please see the following website for more information about how to apply. There are separate processes for persons not currently studying at NC State, and those currently pursuing other degrees at NC State. Note that this program is primarily intended to provide a pathway to employment in this discipline but will also support the academic and technical content of the certification process.

Students are required to meet at least ONE of the following requirements for admission to the GCHP program:

  • Students will be required to have an undergraduate STEM degree with an overall (or major) GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale from a regionally accredited institution.
    • Students with a biological science degree must also have a minimum of 20 semester hours in the physical sciences.
  • Be a degree-seeking student in good academic standing in any NCSU graduate program in the engineering, science or technology disciplines.
  • Be an NCSU graduate student who took undergraduate calculus I&II and at least one physics and chemistry course with an average GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale on these credited courses.

An application for acceptance into the GCHP will be required for all new students as follows:

  1. Application to the graduate school with a preference in nuclear engineering or to the certificate program directly.
  2. Those applicants who are enrolled in an NCSU graduate degree program must submit the graduate student certificate plan data entry form to the faculty certificate coordinator for review and approval.

Registration procedures, registration dates and course availability for each semester can be found on the NCSU registration and records webpage. Academic questions regarding the GCHP can be directed to the GCHP coordinator Robert Hayes (, 919-515-2321).

Students may obtain more than one certificate. However, each certificate must have at least nine (9) credit hours that are unique to it.

Academic success in the GCHP might have a strong bearing on admission to a graduate degree program. However, completion of a graduate certificate program IN NO WAY guarantees entry into a graduate degree program, which must be done through a separate application process.

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