How to Apply & Deadlines

Applying for MEDX and MSA programs

Instructions for: MEd for Experienced Teachers, MSA On-Campus and MSA – Flex Programs

The School of Education relies mainly on email to communicate with all applicants. Therefore, please include a current email address on your application and be sure to promptly respond to all correspondence.

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Required Application Materials

Required materials for all applicants include:

  • School of Education online application
  • Application fee (non-refundable $90)
  • Transcripts (complete)
    • One unofficial transcript from each university attended must be uploaded within the application. Please do not mail transcripts as part of your admission application; we only accept unofficial uploads for application evaluation. If you are offered admission, one official transcript for each university attended will be required prior to the first day of the term.
  • Current letters of recommendation
    • The email address of three recommenders will be required within the application for electronic submission. Additional recommenders can be added to the application prior to submission.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • Supplemental information (any additional information or materials required by the program; must be uploaded within the application unless specified otherwise by your academic program.)
Minimum Graduate Admissions Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to a graduate program are:

  • a bachelor's degree (based on a four-year curriculum) completed before graduate study begins or its international equivalent with an accredited institution

  • an average grade of B (cumulative GPA 3.0) or better is recommended

Along with these minimal requirements, admission decisions are based on a number of factors, including academic degrees and record, written statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores (if required by the program), and relevant work or research experience. All admission recommendations are made by faculty in the School of Education.

Application Process

Applications for admission to the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education are submitted via the online admission application. All required materials listed above should be submitted according to the instructions provided. Your application will not be reviewed until the application is submitted and the application fee is received. By submitting an application to UNC-Chapel Hill, consent is granted to university staff to obtain any additional or missing information as needed, including campus safety information.

Application Deadlines

Please be aware that each program has a specific application deadline.

Each offered admission is specific for the term stated in the admission letter. If you do not register for classes, you must apply again in a subsequent semester. Contact the admissions office for questions about deferrals of admission offers.

Completed applications and application fees (non-refundable) must be submitted before the program's application deadline. Applications will not be accepted for review or consideration after the posted graduate program deadline has passed. International applicants should apply early in order to allow sufficient time for financial and visa document preparation.

Application Fees

A non-refundable $90 application fee is required for each program to which you apply.

Applicants can pay their application fee one of three ways:

  • Credit/Debit card (Visa/MasterCard). For security purposes, the credit card address manually inserted during the final payment process must exactly match the credit card billing address for a successful transaction.

  • Check or money order. Mail-in payments are restricted to a check (in U.S. funds) that contains the pre-printed electronic routing numbers or an international money-order. All payments should be made payable to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After submission you will be instructed to print a payment voucher for your records. The voucher must be mailed with your check. The voucher and your application fee must be received no later than your application deadline date or it will be returned. Applications that arrive without the required application fee will remain on file, unprocessed, pending receipt of the application fee. If someone is paying the application fee for you, please ensure they include your payment voucher as well.

  • Application fee waiver requests are available for four groups of domestic applicants listed below. When completing the online application, please select pay by check. You should then submit the required documentation listed below directly to the School of Education Office of Student Affairs at:

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Education Office of Student Affairs
CB 3500 103 Peabody Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3500

Your application will remain on file, unprocessed, pending receipt of the required documentation. Fee waiver requests must be received before the deadline for any application to be considered.

  1. Full-time permanent employees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who submit an application UNPAID and submit a UNC-CH Employee Application Fee Waiver (PDF), approved by employee Benefits.
  2. Current McNair Scholars applying for a graduate program to begin immediately following graduation – with no breaks in enrollment from undergraduate to graduate level (only written official verification signed by the current campus McNair Representative will be considered).
  3. U.S. citizens who meet the following need-based eligibility:
    • are currently enrolled in a degree program with no breaks in enrollment from point of entry at the undergraduate level
    • have continuously received need-based financial aid
    • have had no breaks in financial support since onset of support
    Only a verification letter on letterhead signed by your current institution's financial aid office will be considered.
  4. Participants in the Summer Pre-Graduate Research Experience (SPGRE) or Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) applying for a graduate program to begin immediately following graduation with no breaks in enrollment from undergraduate to graduate level (only written official verification signed on letterhead by the current SPGRE or MURAP Director or Program Coordinator will be considered.)
  5. Participants in the Gates Millennium Scholars program: In order to qualify for this application fee waiver, applicants must be enrolled in a degree-seeking program in the semester immediately preceding the academic term for which they are applying. Only a verification letter signed by a Gates Millennium Scholars representative will be considered.

We will be happy to consider your waiver request if you can satisfy these criteria and upon receipt of the required documentation. While participation in select scholarship programs or payment waivers granted by other sources do not automatically grant fee waiver eligibility at this campus, we welcome fee waiver requests from participants who meet the above need-based eligibility criteria.

Please present a copy of these instructions to the financial aid office at all institutions that you attended. Request a letter on University letterhead with an original signature certifying the specific items listed above including both your enrollment history and financial aid history from point of entry at the undergraduate level. No other forms of documentation can be accepted (no form letters, photocopies, or financial aid transcripts, please.)

This is a fee waiver process and not a fee payment reimbursement process. Once the application fee is paid by either check or credit card, waiver or reimbursement is no longer an option.


Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary education (including community colleges, summer sessions and extension programs) are required to be uploaded in the application. Study Abroad experiences that appear on your undergraduate institution transcript do not need to be listed separately on the application. You should obtain a copy of your unofficial transcript (obtained from a student account) as “official” transcripts do not scan well. Please make sure that any electronic transcript downloaded from a student portal clearly shows degree conferral and a conferral date, if a degree was earned.

These unofficial transcripts must be complete (not select courses), include grades, be issued in the original language and be accompanied by certified English translations when applicable. Transfer credit posted on the transcript of other institutions is not accepted in lieu of transcripts from the institution attended unless courses listed include final course grades. You may upload unofficial transcripts before mid-year grades are posted.

You should follow the instructions in the application for uploading unofficial transcripts, including:

  • Applicants should either upload the document directly if it is in an accepted format or scan each unofficial transcript into a file that can be uploaded as part of the application.
  • Make a low-resolution black and white photocopy of your transcript to help reduce file size.
  • Transcripts should be scanned using the gray scale option for clarity.
  • Your scanning software should ask you what resolution to scan your document, either before or after the scan. Be sure to scan at no more than 72dpi.
  • Check file size and do not exceed 1024kb.
  • Scan multiple page transcripts into one file.
  • Preview your uploaded transcript(s) to ensure legibility so that the processing of your application is not delayed. If you cannot read the file clearly, please try another scanner or different settings and upload again. Illegible transcripts may result in your application not being reviewed.
  • A transcript from each institution is always required.
  • Make a low-resolution black and white photocopy of electronic transcripts with an expiration date.

Please do not mail paper transcripts as part of your admission application; we only accept unofficial uploads for application evaluation. If you are offered admission, one official transcript for each university attended will be required prior to the first day of the term. Instructions for how to submit official transcripts will be included in the admission offer letter. Transcripts will not be kept on file in the School of Education for admitted students who did not accept their admission offer from a previous admissions cycle or enroll at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Letters of Recommendation

Three current letters of recommendation from persons qualified to evaluate your academic and professional qualifications are required. You should solicit recommendations from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement and who can address your potential for success in this particular academic setting. If you have been out of school for a number of years and are unable to contact former professors, letters from other individuals who can address your achievement and potential will be accepted. We advise against using generic letters of recommendation such as those provided by campus career planning and placement offices.

The online application will prompt you to submit the names and email addresses for your three required recommenders. You are allowed to submit a total of six recommenders in the online system.

Email invitations will be sent to recommenders once you select 'Save' in the online application. You can also send reminder emails to your recommenders within the online application.

Please note you will not be able to change or add additional recommenders once your application has been submitted, although you are still able to send reminder emails via the online system.

Standardized Test Scores

International applicants must submit official TOEFL or IELTS standardized test scores unless they qualify for a waiver.

Statement of Purpose

All graduate programs require a written statement to be uploaded within your application. The form and content requirements may vary by program so before applying, please read the information and instructions specific to your intended program. Your written statement is a critical component of your application for admission and can sometimes be the determining factor in approval of admittance or financial support. Therefore, your statement should reflect your professional goals, as well as familiarity with the program and faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill.

All graduate programs require a resume or CV to be uploaded within your application. Your resume/CV should provide information about your work and volunteer experiences, research, awards, recognitions, and activities pertinent to your proposed program of study.
Campus Safety Information

Applicants will be asked several questions regarding criminal pleas, charges and convictions, academic suspensions, and military discharges. If additional information is needed, you may be asked to submit information for a criminal background check, including a nominal fee. You must describe violations of law in your home country and in any other country in which you have resided. The term “law” includes codes, legal rules and regulations, and other criminal-type statutes or violations of municipal, local, provincial, state, federal, national, commonwealth, and other governmental jurisdiction. Failure to provide complete, accurate, and truthful information will be grounds to deny or withdraw your admission, or to dismiss you after enrollment. The same actions will occur if you fail to notify The School of Education promptly in writing of such charges that occur at any time after you submit the application.

Application Stats

Once we have received all required application materials and fees, the review and evaluation of your application will begin. You may monitor the status of your application checklist through the application website.

For any additional questions, please review our Admissions Office Contacts.