Admissions Requirements

To apply for initial admission to graduate study, the applicant should submit the following:

  • A completed application, either paper format with a $40 non-refundable processing fee. 
  • An official transcript of all previous academic work beyond the high school to be sent directly from each institution attended. The Privacy Act requires that each student request in writing that transcripts be released to the Graduate School Office. (Feel free to use our transcript request form.) 
  • Scores on either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); Miller Analogies Test (MAT); or for appropriate programs, PRAXIS II Subject Assessment. For more information regarding these tests, please visit their official websites: GRE MAT PRAXIS (Our main campus in Boiling Springs is a test facility for the Miller Analogies Test. For upcoming test dates and MAT registration information, click here.)
  •  Three professional references on graduate reference forms and five professional references for Ed.D. applicants.
  • For appropriate programs, evidence of A level North Carolina Teacher's license or equivalent. 
  • For the Nursing, School Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling programs, proof of criminal background record check for all states of residence for the past five (5) years. For the Nursing program, immunization records.

Please consult your program's admissions requirements page for specific information related to that program. 

When all documents have been received, they will be evaluated by the Dean of the Graduate School and the chair or coordinator of the program area. The applicant will be notified of the decision. Prospective counseling majors must schedule an interview with the appropriate faculty members before formal admission.

Students are notified of their admission status as soon as possible after completing the admissions process. Because of the confidential nature of some items of information required for admission, the University reserves the right to reject any applicant without stating a reason.

Application Deadlines


Round One Recommended Test Deadline: October 1, 2016
Round One File Completion Deadline: October 15, 2016


Round Two Recommended Test Deadline: January 1, 2017
Round Two File Completion Deadline: January 15, 2017


Round Three Recommended Test Deadline: April 1, 2017
Round Three File Completion Deadline: April 15, 2017