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Admission and Matriculation

An individual is admitted to The Graduate School to pursue a single specified degree program beginning in the semester designated in the offer of admission letter. There is no transfer process between programs once admitted to The Graduate School. A desire to pursue a different degree requires a new application to the new degree program. For example, an individual who is admitted to a PhD program in Department A may not transfer to a PhD program in Department B. The individual must formally apply and be admitted to the PhD program in Department B in a subsequent semester.

Non-degree Students

An individual admitted to The Graduate School as a non-degree student may remain in that status for no longer than one calendar year. Typically this is only for exchange or study abroad students. If that individual decides at any time to pursue a degree, s/he must formally apply for new admission, and all Graduate School and program criteria standards must be met. If that individual is granted admission and subsequently wishes to transfer credits earned while in non-degree status into the academic program, The Graduate School's transfer of course credit will apply.

See Transferring Course Credit.

Dual Bachelor's-Master's Programs

An undergraduate student admitted into a master's degree program as part of a dual bachelor's-master's program must meet all the policies and guidelines for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. For additional information about course credits, admissions, and funding, please see the Guidelines for Developing and Implementing Dual Bachelor's-Master's Degree Programspdf icon.

Readmission

A formal request for readmission to The Graduate School is required whenever a student fails to register for a regular (fall/spring) semester or withdraws during a semester for any reason—whether the student had an approved leave of absence, withdrew during the semester, or simply did not register. To resume their studies, such students must submit an Application for Readmissionpdf icon according to the following deadlines:

Readmission after a long absence is not automatic and will be reviewed carefully by the academic program prior to making a recommendation to The Graduate School.

If a student has not been enrolled for one academic year, a new application for residence status for tuition purposes must be submitted with all readmission requests.

If a student is not registered for as long as two academic years, a new immunization record and Medical History Formnew window icon must also be submitted to Campus Health Services to avoid future registration cancellation.

Reapplication

An individual must formally apply for new admission (Admission Applicationnew window icon, application fee, current GRE scores, etc.) in the following circumstances:

To resume their studies, such students must submit an Admission Application request according to the following deadlines:

Students should first contact their former academic program to discuss a feasible academic plan for returning to complete the degree. The academic program and The Graduate School will consult to determine admission application requirements, an academic plan for completion of degree requirements, and a new timeline for completion.

If a student has not been enrolled for one academic year, a new application for residence status for tuition purposes must be submitted with all reapplication requests.

Faculty as Students

Members of the General Faculty of UNC-Chapel Hill may not pursue a graduate degree at this institution except under the following conditions: