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The brightest minds. The best faculty and facilities.

More than 5,300 graduate students work with top notch faculty to gain the intellectual and professional skills needed to prepare them to succeed in a global, knowledge-based society.  The University is recognized nationally and internationally for its renowned faculty, talented students, contemporary, spacious campus, state-of-the-art facilities and research labs, and strong partnerships with business, industry, and education partners.  As North Carolina’s urban research university, UNC Charlotte is consistently ranked among the top ten universities in the southeastern United States.  It is the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region and the fourth largest of 16 constituent members of the University of North Carolina System. UNC Charlotte's educational emphasis is on applied research, teaching, and responsive public service.  Explore areas of faculty research expertise online in the Faculty Connections web portal.

UNC Charlotte is a publicly supported, doctoral and research intensive institution, accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Our main campus is linked to Charlotte’s “uptown” and surrounding metro areas, via Light-Rail, which offers most enrolled students free access to trains and buses.  Thus getting to, from and around our campus is affordable and efficient. 


The Graduate School offers admission to various types of graduate programs including Master’s, Doctoral, Graduate Certificate, and Post-Baccalaureate (non-degree), as well as Early Entry for exemplary UNC Charlotte undergraduate students and Accelerated Master’s for high achieving freshman applicants.   The Graduate Admissions website is your gateway to discover which of our 150+ programs meets your need and begin the application process.  

How do you decide between 150+ programs? There’s a GPD for that!

Each of our programs has a designated Graduate Program Director (GPD) who oversees the program. We encourage prospective students to reach out to GPDs early and often. If you have questions about a program you’re interested in, or if you’re unsure whether or not a program will be a good fit for you, the program GPD can help.  View our Programs and sort them by College, discipline or interest.

The application for admission is completed online and admission requirements and application deadlines vary based on the program of study.  Information in the online application can be saved until supporting documents are collected and uploaded, and you are ready to submit the application. Prospective students are encouraged to Apply Now through our online portal.

We look forward to welcoming you to UNC Charlotte's Graduate School!