The Graduate School


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Why Choose UNCW Graduate School?

When choosing a graduate school, prospective students consider many factors including:

  • Academic excellence
  • Faculty reputations and availability
  • Mentoring and support of students' academic achievement
  • Proactive efforts to build a diverse university community
  • Location
  • Financial feasibility
  • Safe and attractive campus

The University of North Carolina Wilmington scores high marks in all of these criteria, making it a popular choice among serious students in a broad range of disciplines. The University's graduate programs embody the values of scholarly learning, diversity, global citizenship, and community engagement. UNCW offers the advantages of a research university combined with the sense of community often found in smaller colleges. The Graduate School at UNCW provides students numerous opportunities for advanced research and one-on-one interaction with professors. Students also enjoy a supportive environment that encourages them to pursue academic, professional, and personal accomplishment and excellence.

Program Accreditation

Watson College of Education

The Watson College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Cameron School of Business

The Cameron School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and is designated Top of National List of Affordable MBA Programs by U.S. News

College of Health and Human Services

The master's degree program in nursing at the UNCW School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791 and approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NCBN).

The Master of Social Work (MSW) program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation (CSWE COA).

Department of Public and International Affairs

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).