Academic background, professional experience, standardized test scores, recommendations, research experience. These elements and more combine to give UNC Charlotte a glimpse of who you are as a prospective student. That's why Graduate Program Directors approach the application process holistically, considering information that may indicate an applicant's potential for success in a given program. Please refer to our Application Requirements for additional information.
Graduate researchers at UNC Charlotte are reaching crescendos in their academic careers thanks to an engaged research environment nurtured by talented faculty within the various academic colleges. A recent Stanford University study recognized the top 2% of the world’s most cited researchers are right here at UNC Charlotte.
Our focus is on applied research, teaching and responsive public service. This drive, paired with our collaborative partnerships with regional businesses and organizations, makes UNC Charlotte the region's premier urban research university.
Each of our programs has a designated Graduate Program Director (GPD) who manages the program. If you have questions about a program or wonder if a particular program may be a good fit for you, the GPD can help. Program and GPD contact information is available via the Explore Our Programs link below.
Looking to enhance your career with professional development courses and certificates? UNC Charlotte’s Continuing Education is the region’s teaching and learning connection. Additionally, the Belk College of Business Executive and Corporate training programs offer numerous career benefits to working professionals.
The environment at UNC Charlotte is one of balance: state-of-the-art facilities juxtaposed with contemporary architecture alongside scenic natural resources. Light rail connects the main campus to uptown Charlotte and the Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center City, offering the excitement of city living--with acclaimed dining, sports, shopping and entertainment-paired with a warm sense of community for which Charlotte is known.
Charlotte is ranked by Yelp as the No. 1 city in the United States for Economic Opportunity; No. 22 by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Best Places to Live and for 2021, numerous graduate programs rank top-tier with U.S. News and World Report. Get to know more about the queen city from Axios Charlotte. In 2016, UNC Charlotte was categorized as a doctoral-granting institution with higher research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. UNC Charlotte enjoys a close relationship with the Charlotte region's thriving business communities, who are partners to help train, educate, hire and promote our students.
Graduate Admissions has a new location to serve prospective students near the center of campus in the Reese building.
UNC Charlotte's Graduate Admissions offers online information sessions, virtual office hours and 1:1 appointments with an Admissions Counselor for prospective students to ask questions and learn more about our graduate programs, admission requirements, the application process, funding and financial aid, research opportunities, student life, and more.
Some academic programs also hold program-specific information sessions, so be sure to keep in touch with the Graduate Program Director or check the program website for updates.
UNC Charlotte's graduate students come from around the world and nearly every state in the US. With almost 6,000 students living, working and pursuing their academic dreams here in Charlotte and through online/distance education, we are proud to represent the diversity of our vibrant community and institution.
We believe diversity inspires innovation, and we are committed to equal opportunity education. That's why we actively recruit a diverse body of talented student; promote diversity initiatives on campus; and work to foster a culture of inclusion and respect.