General Graduate Admission Guidelines

The following items comprise the application for graduate study at NC State University:

  • Completed online application for admission to the Graduate School. Get application information and submit your application through the University’s Graduate School website: http://www.ncsu.edu/applygrad. You must apply online.
  • Non-refundable application fee payable to NC State University (credit card online or check/money order). Please note that check payments take approximately 2 weeks to process before we can actually view your application;
  • Residency statement if claiming to be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes;
  • One official (sealed) transcript from each college and university attended;
  • Official statement of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores and/or Miller Analogies (MAT) scores (see programs for score acceptance). Tests should be dated within the last 5 years. Our institutional code is 5496.
  • English Proficiency Requirements if needed  (seehttp://policies.ncsu.edu/rule/rul-02-15-02. Our institutional code is 5496.
  • Recommendations from three people who know your academic record and potential for graduate study;
  • Personal essay (1-2 pages) that describes your career experiences, future personal goals, and how a degree in the desired discipline will affect your career goals. Doctoral applicants should indicate how their research interests can benefit from faculty's research foci. Include a resume of experience: positions held, internships, volunteer efforts, publications, prior research, and skill sets. The resume should be no more than three pages.

You may check the status of your submitted application online at http://www.ncsu.edu/applygrad.

Post-Baccalaureate Studies

Post-Baccalaureate Studies (PBS)

Before being formally admitted to a Master’s Program, students may enroll as a PBS student and take a maximum of 12 semester hours of approved 400-600 level courses in PBS that can be counted as part of the Master’s Program. Registration for PBS courses can be completed at the McKimmon Center. 


Please see the Graduate School Admission Policy for clarity on any admission questions.


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