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International Graduate Applicants

An international applicant is anyone who is a citizen or permanent resident of a country other than the United States. This includes any applicant who currently resides in the US but intends to return to the country for which they have citizenship or permanent residency.  Individuals who have applied for but not yet been granted permanent residency are considered an international applicant at the time of application submission.

General Admissions Requirements

  • Have at least a bachelor’s degree
  • Application fee: $50.00 (The application fee can be paid by credit/debit card at the time you submit your application or by money order.  All money orders must be mailed to NCCU’s School of Graduate Studies.)
  • An official copy of a course-by-course evaluated transcript by an accredited US agency (evaluated transcript must include US equivalent degree level and GPA)
  • Statement of personal/professional purpose
  • At least two Application Evaluation and Recommendation Forms (please access the forms through the online application; recommenders can also upload letters of recommendation)
  • GRE or GMAT scores, if required by the degree program (cannot be more than 5 years old)
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (if English is the applicant's second language). The TOEFL minimum score for admission is 79 on the internet-based test or 550 on the paper-based test. The IELTS minimum score is 6.0.
  • Financial Statement Certificate of Eligibility (found in the online application for admission)
  • Bank statement (must be notarized)
  • Permanent residents must submit a copy of their green card at the time of the application submission; however, permanent residents should expect to present the original card to an admissions officer upon request.
  • Note:  Please check directly with the office of the degree program to which you are applying to determine if any additional documents/materials are required to meet the degree program’s admission criteria (e.g., a resume or a writing sample).

Transcript Evaluations

International applicants must submit a course-by-course evaluated transcript, which should include the US equivalent grades, the US equivalent GPA(s), and the US equivalent degree(s). Transcript evaluations are accepted only from the following accredited US agencies:

How to Apply

NC Central University will be using a new application system starting with the summer 2020 admissions application.  Persons interested in applying to an NC Central University graduate program, which includes master's, doctoral (PhD), certificate, and licensure graduate programs, should apply using the following graduate admissions applications:

Submitting Supporting Documents

Except for those applying to Law and Communication Disorders, all applicants should submit official copies of supporting documents only to the School of Graduate Studies.  Transcripts should be sent electronically to gradadmissions@nccu.edu. Letters of recommendation will be submitted electronically by the recommenders.  Test scores should be sent to graduate school code 5495.  Any documents that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to the following address:

School of Graduate Studies
North Carolina Central University
ATTN:  Graduate Admissions
Taylor Education Building, Room 123
1801 Fayetteville Street
Durham, NC  27707

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