How to Apply – Graduate

We Are Glad You Have Decided to Apply to ECU.

We recommend that you:

  • Start early
  • Be aware of deadlines.

Some graduate programs will allow students to take up to 9 credits as a non-degree student while completing the application to a degree program. Contact the program director before applying as a non-degree seeking student.

Before you Apply

Carefully review the admission requirements and the deadlines for your program of choice.

Our online programs list links to the Graduate School’s application information page for each degree or certificate. Find your program in the list, then click the name. If you need assistance, we are here to help.

On the Application

When completing your application be sure to mark “YES” in the field regarding “Online degree”. This assists us in making sure that you will receive all the information you need, as one of over 6,000 ECU students who pursue their degrees at a distance.

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You Can Access Online Applications, Admission Requirements and Deadlines on the Graduate School Website.

  • Applicants are required to complete a self-managed application prior to consideration for admission.
  • Each graduate program decides on the admissibility of its students.
  • Letters of recommendation, essays and other documents can be uploaded into the application.

Graduate School Website

Official transcripts can be sent to:
Graduate Admissions Office
East Carolina University
131 Ragsdale Hall
Mail Stop 570
Greenville, NC 27858

Click here to visit the Graduate School website.

Are you a newly accepted student? See our new and current student page here.

Institutional and Professional Licensure Disclosures for Enrolled and Prospective Students
All applicable ECU academic programs prepare students to sit for licensure in North Carolina. In order to comply with NC-SARA and the U.S. Department of Education regulations regarding distance education and professional licensure ECU is required to make the following disclosure with respect to professional licensure outside the state of North Carolina:

If you are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license, please be aware that ECU may or may not be able to confirm whether a particular program meets requirement for professional licensure outside the State of North Carolina. ECU highly recommends that you contact the academic program for assistance with professional licensure questions and enrollment options. SARA does not provide reciprocity for state professional licensing requirements. Academic programs and individual graduates must meet standards set by that state’s licensure requirements in order to be eligible for a license. Please explore this link to learn about the appropriate licensing or certification organizations and their requirements.

Important Note to Residents Outside North Carolina: Admission of applicants outside the State of North Carolina to an online degree, certificate or individual online program or course offered by East Carolina University, is dependent on ECU’s ability to secure authorization from the applicant’s state of residence, if such authorization is required.
East Carolina University delivers online education programs and courses throughout the United States and internationally. All programs have been approved by the University of North Carolina System. Many states have prescribed an “authorization” process for out-of-state institutions delivering online programs to its state residents to ensure quality post-secondary education, to preserve the integrity of an academic degree, and to instill greater consumer protection for its student citizens.
East Carolina University has taken steps to protect its students and operations through nationwide compliance: by participation in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA); obtaining authorization, approval, exemptions and waivers; or confirming that East Carolina University can operate without such authorization because the state’s laws do not pertain to a public institution, to an accredited institution, or to the ECU’s activities in that state.
As of November 14, 2016, East Carolina University is approved by to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Institutions that are members of SARA are authorized to provide online education to students from all SARA member states. States and institutions that choose to become members of SARA operate under a set of policies and standards overseen by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements and administered by four regional higher education compacts. For more information about the SARA initiative and the progress of state and institutional membership.

Because authorization is an evolving area, please check this site again for the latest statement from ECU. For questions or concerns specific to SARA or the state authorization process, contact us at