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Post-Baccalaureate (Non-Degree) Students

Students seeking to take courses beyond the baccalaureate degree for transfer to another institution, as prerequisites for admission to a graduate degree program, or for personal satisfaction may apply as post-baccalaureate students. This classification is generally not open to foreign nationals who are on student visas. The following policies apply to applicants for post-baccalaureate status:

  1. Post-baccalaureate students must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
  2. Applications for admission must be submitted online and the $75 application fee, which is neither deductible, refundable, or transferable, must also be submitted online.
  3. Post-baccalaureate students may register for coursework at any level for which they have the prerequisites.
  4. Post-baccalaureate students will be subject to academic regulations and standards required of degree-seeking students.
  5. The post-baccalaureate classification carries with it no implication a student will be admitted to a degree program.
  6. Post-baccalaureate students will be assessed tuition fees at the graduate level, regardless of the level of courses for which they are enrolled.
  7. A post-baccalaureate student who is subsequently admitted to a graduate degree program may request a maximum of six hours completed for graduate credit be used for his/her program. All coursework must be approved by the student's department and listed on the student's Admission to Candidacy form.

Students who have earned an undergraduate baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (in the U.S.) or from a nationally recognized university (outside the U.S.) may apply for post-baccalaureate (non-degree) study.

However, post-baccalaureate study is not available to international students on, or intending to be on, F-1 or J-1 Student/Scholar visa status, except for those with a valid Employment Authorization Document participating in post-program completion Optional Practical Training (for F-1) or Academic Training (for J-1).

If you are seeking initial K-12 teacher licensure, and if you meet all criteria for admission, please apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate in Teaching program (rather than apply as a post-baccalaureate student). If you are not sure about the criteria for admission, please contact the Teacher Recruiter for assistance: pathwaytoteaching.com or 704-687-8684. Also see the College of Education's website for additional information on initial licensure programs available to UNC Charlotte through graduate study.

If you are seeking K-12 teacher licensure through the Regional Alternative Licensure Center (RALC), you may apply for admission as a post-baccalaureate student and must submit a copy of your RALC plan of study.

Reasons for Applying

  • To pursue postgraduate studies for professional or personal enrichment.
  • To take courses while completing an application for admission to a graduate degree or certificate program at UNC Charlotte.
  • To take courses as prerequisites for admission to a graduate degree or certificate program at UNC Charlotte.
  • To take courses at UNC Charlotte for transfer to a program at another college or university.
  • To obtain or renew a professional license.

Course Work

Post-baccalaureate students may register for graduate and/or undergraduate courses if permitted by the departments. Note, however, that post-bac students are not guaranteed access to specific courses since they may have restricted registration: such courses may require preprequisistes, may already be full/at capacity for enrollment, or may only be available for students admitted to certain degree/certificate programs. To accommodate degree-seeking students, some academic departments only allow students already admitted to degree programs to enroll in their courses. On an individual basis, post-baccalaureate students may be issued a 'permit' (by the academic unit) to register for restricted courses if they meet stated prerequisites and have written permission from the course instructor and/or department chairperson.

Advising

Post-baccalaureates do not have a home (academic) department, as they are not admitted to a particular program of study. However, post-baccalaureates who have questions about specific courses may contact the faculty member, graduate coordinator/director, or chair of the academic department which offers the course directly.

Transfer Credit

A post-baccalaureate student who is subsequently admitted to a graduate degree or certificate program may transfer a maximum of six graduate credit hours taken as a post-baccalaureate student to his or her graduate program. All course work must be approved by the student's department and listed on the student's Admission to Candidacy form when applying for graduation.

Tuition and Fees

Post-baccalaureate students will be assessed tuition and fees at the graduate level for all courses, regardless if the courses are at the graduate or undergraduate level.

Financial Aid

Post-baccalaureate students are not eligible to receive financial aid.

Exception: Post-baccalaureate students seeking initial K-12 teacher licensure through the Regional Alternative Licensure (RALC) program may be eligible to receive loans. Contact the Office of Student Financial Aid for more information.

Academic Integrity & Student Responsibility

Post-baccalaureate students are subject to the academic regulations and standards required of degree-seeking graduate or undergraduate students. All UNC Charlotte students are obligated to be familiar with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Code of Student Academic Integrity, Code of Student Responsibility, and all University policies governing student conduct (see the University Regulation of Student Conduct section of the Graduate Catalog).

Immunizations

Students attending any state university in North Carolina are required, by state law, to provide documentation certifying that they have met specific immunization requirements. Students who do not comply with the immunization law will have their registration cancelled and will not receive credit for courses whether the courses are completed or not. There is also no refund of tuition and fees for immunization cancellations.

To Apply for Admission as a Post-Baccalaureate Student

The online application is a common application used by all applicants to the Graduate School at UNC Charlotte, but the following items specifically pertain to post-baccalaureate applicants.

Admission as a post-baccalaureate student requires the following:

* Application for Admission (submitted online)
* Application Fee (submitted online)

The following application credentials/documents are NOT required of post-bac applicants:

* Academic Transcripts
* Test Scores
* References/Letters of Recommendations

The following application credentials/documents MAY be required of post-bac applicants:

* Criminal Background Check
* Regional Alternative Licensure Center (RALC) Planning Sheet (required for RALC participants)
* Copy of Permanent Resident Card or current U.S. Visa/Status and/or EAD

Generally, post-baccalaureate applications are processed within 2-3 weeks. Please monitor your email and application account as we will email you when a decision has been made, and the decision letter will be posted in your application account.

Admission as a post-baccalaureate (non-degree) student does NOT imply or guarantee admission to a doctoral, master's, or graduate certificate program.

 

Interested in Applying to a Doctoral, Master's, or Certificate Program?

UNC Charlotte has many fine graduate programs. Information about these programs and their respective graduate coordinators/directors, as well as detailed information about the Graduate School admissions process, is available online by clicking on the respective links in this paragraph.

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