Admission Requirements

Who Should Apply

Students admitted into the program come from diverse backgrounds such as business and industry personnel, executives, trainers, and human resource development employees; teachers and school technology coordinators; persons in the health care field; community college instructors; military training personnel; and professionals desiring a career change.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Students desiring admission into the graduate program in instructional technology must present the following:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or its equivalent from a foreign institution of higher education based on a four-year program.
  • A strong academic record (an average GPA of 3.0 or better is expected) in the basic courses required in the area of the proposed graduate study.
  • Three recommendations from individuals who are in a position to evaluate the student's professional competence as well as potential for graduate study.
  • A statement of career goals and degree objectives and a letter describing educational and professional experiences, their reasons for pursuing graduate study, and the contributions that the student hopes to make after completing the degree.
  • North Carolina essential and advanced technology competencies (*This requirement applies to teachers with certification).
  • There are no tests (GRE or other) required for admission in Master's or Certificate Programs in Instructional Technology

Individuals who fall below a specified criterion (i.e., low GPA) may be admitted if other factors indicate for success. Individuals with identified deficiencies may be accepted provisionally with specified plans and goals for the remediation of those deficiencies. Such remediation may include a requirement of additional hours beyond those normally required for the degree. Please feel free to contact us if you have a question about this.

When & How to Apply

Students are admitted to the program each semester. The deadline for receipt of applications by the Graduate School is:

  • Spring - October 31
  • Summer I - April 15
  • Summer II - May 15
  • Fall - July 1

Applicants are required to submit the following materials to the UNCW Graduate School Admissions Office:

  • Official graduate application (Use the following link to apply electronically.)
  • Official transcripts of all college work (undergraduate and graduate). The transcripts should be mailed directly to UNCW Graduate School.
  • Three recommendations from individuals in professionally relevant fields, addressing the applicant's demonstrated academic skills and/or potential for successful graduate study.
  • Evidence of a bachelor's degree at the time of entrance.
  • Letter of application and a statement of professional goals describing applicant's educational & professional experiences, reasons for pursuing a master's degree in instructional technology, & contributions that applicant hopes to make after degree completion.
  • There are no tests (GRE or other) required for admission in Master's or Certificate Programs in Instructional Technology
  • International students: TOEFL score of 550 or higher or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 217 or better (computerized test), 550 or better (paper test), or a minimum score of 79 on the Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT) or IELTS minimum score of 6.5 or 7.0 to be eligible for a teaching assistantship.

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Graduate Assistantships are available and are awarded on a competitive basis each academic year. Graduate assistants are chosen from among the candidates who apply by the May 15 deadline for the Fall semester. Please contact us for more information on graduate assistantships.

Students interested in being considered for an assistantship should check the appropriate box on the application form and should submit a description of their technology skills in addition to the other application materials.

Tuition and Financial Aid

To calculate tuition, please see the following link:

Financing your graduate degree:

In addition to applying for WCE graduate assistantship and/or scholarship (more information about scholarship is available through UNCW Graduate School), there are many options available for students interested in financing their graduate education. Listed below are sources that offer loans and special scholarship funds.

UNCW Financial Aid - Tuition pay is a service that allows students to pay their tuition monthly rather than in a lump sum. Refer to their web site for more information. Scholarship sites:

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