Applying to programs at UNC-Gillings
Each program at Gillings has different criteria, different application expectations, and (very often) different application deadlines.
1. Choose the right set of application steps for the program of your choice. You can find tailored information and application instructions for each program using the Gillings Program Search (GPS). Simply choose the program of your choice on the GPS, and then click the “application details” button.
2. Review Costs and Funding to see whether you need to take additional steps before or after you apply.
Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to put together the best application you can, as we receive more than 2,000 each year. We look forward to reviewing yours!
I am submitting my application to a UNC-Gillings graduate program through SOPHAS. Why am I also expected to apply directly to UNC-Chapel Hill and pay another fee?
At UNC-Chapel Hill, applicants interested in graduate programs apply, and are admitted, to the UNC Graduate School rather than to the specific programs they are interested in. The application is therefore necessary for admissions purposes. The UNC Graduate School charges its own application fee.
Students are admitted for enrollment through the UNC Graduate School.
Can you give me some idea of general criteria used to review applications to UNC-Gillings graduate programs?
Use the GPS to find specific details on criteria and expectations for applicants by program. More generally, our admissions committees review each application using some or all of the following criteria:
- academics (academic performance and test scores)
- work experience
- research experience
- letters of recommendation
- program fit (as assessed by your personal statement and background)
Prospective graduate students should also review the Graduate School‘s admissions criteria.
What should I include in my personal statement?
- Address all issues requested in the program’s application materials.
- Demonstrate that your career goals have been well thought out.
- Demonstrate that you understand what the program offers and demands.
- Provide details of any experience relevant to your program of interest.
- Highlight strengths, but don’t dwell on facts readily evident elsewhere (e.g., grades, GRE scores).
- If you can identify weaknesses in your application, admissions committee members will likely identify them, too. Address weaknesses directly, explaining extenuating circumstances, as appropriate, or providing evidence that your skill levels are more accurately reflected by some other assessment. These details may be included in your statement of interest.
Who should write my letters of recommendation?
Recommendations may be a mix of academic and professional letters.
- Letter writers should be able to speak about your strengths and level of “fit” with the department to which you are applying.
- Avoid soliciting letters from family friends, other students, or employees you supervise.
- The ideal letter writer is a person who knows and is positive about you. That knowledge should come through in the letter.
I’ve been waiting to hear whether I was admitted to the UNC-Gillings program of my choice. When will I hear from you?
The Graduate School typically notifies students of its admissions decisions between February and May.
I’m interested in transferring from another institution to one of your programs. Is that feasible? And if so, how?
All prospective students, including those with previous college credits in related degree programs, must complete an application as a new student. Individual departments may or may not accept credits earned at another institution. Such decisions are typically based on a review of course syllabi by the program director.
Do your programs accept transfer credits?
Master’s students can transfer up to 20% of the credits required for a degree. Credit transfers must be approved by the UNC program you are enrolled in and by the UNC Graduate School.
Still have questions? Contact the student services staff member who supports your program of interest.