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Graduate Programs

 

As a regional comprehensive university, our focus is on masters level programs and applied doctoral programs in high-demand areas. The Graduate School at Western Carolina University offers more than 40 graduate degree and certificate programs, designed with three things in mind: quality, flexibility, and affordability.

Explore Our Programs:

Doctoral Degrees

Masters Degrees

Specialist Degrees

Certificate Programs

Education Licensure Programs

Non-Degree Programs

 

  

Doctoral Degrees

Information

  


Program Contacts
Student Services
828.654.6510
wcunursing@wcu.edu  


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST) 

Semester Deadline
Summer April 1

  


Transcripts

  • A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

Not required

  


Additional Requirements

Submitted through the online application:

  • An essay that addresses 1) advanced practice expertise, 2) career goals, 3) how earning the DNP degree will foster achievement of these goals, and 4) plans for a DNP project
  • Resume/curriculum vitae
  • Three professional recommendations (should address the practice capabilities of the candidate)
  • Additional evidence for consideration of the application can be uploaded to the online application (e.g., publications, posters, evidence-based practice projects)

  


Other

Please visit the DNP Admissions page for specific details on admission requirements:

  • Earned master's degree in nursing
  • Current, unrestricted RN license
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on last 60 undergraduate hours
  • Minimum one-year full-time critical care experience
  • Successful completion of courses in statistics, general chemistry, and research

Information

  • Location: Hybrid - Biltmore Park Instructional Site, Asheville and Online
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  • BSN to DNP program
  • Applications are reviewed after the deadline passes.
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

  


Program Contacts

Student Services
828.654.6510
wcunursing@wcu.edu


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST) 

Semester Deadline
Summer February 1

  

  


Transcripts

  • A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.


Test Scores

The GRE is NOT required


Additional Requirements

  • BSN from a regionally accredited college or university and nationally accredited nursing program
  • Cumulative college grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on 4.0 scale or higher
  • Statistics course (undergraduate or graduate level)
  • Nursing Research course, undergraduate
  • Registered nurse eligible for licensure to practice in the state in which the student intends to practice
  • Minimum of one year of clinical experience as a registered nurse within the last five years
  • Three professional references who can attest to the applicant’s ability to pursue graduate study; one must be from a current or recent employer.
  • Submit a  Professional Statement and Resumewith the online Graduate School application

 

Information

  • Location: Biltmore Park Instructional Site, Asheville
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  • BSN to DNP program
  • Around two weeks following the deadline, a limited number of highly qualified applicants may be offered interviews the last week of October. At this time, the program will not be offering early acceptance prior to the application deadline.

  


Program Contacts

Student Services
828.654.6510
wcunursing@wcu.edu


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST) 

Semester Deadline
Summer October 1

  

  


Transcripts

  • A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.


Test Scores

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required, with a combined score of 300 or higher (150 verbal and 150 quantitative) preferred. Please plan to take your GRE at least one month before the application deadline. Applications missing GRE scores on the September 15 deadline will not be considered.

 

WCU School Code - 5897


Additional Requirements

Submitted through the online application:


Other

Please visit the DNP - Nurse Anesthesia Admissions page for specific details on admission requirements:

  • Bachelor's degree in nursing
  • Current, unrestricted RN license
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on last 60 undergraduate hours
  • Minimum one-year full-time critical care experience
  • Successful completion of courses in statistics, general chemistry, and research

Information


Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Jonathan Campbell, Ph.D.
jmcampbell@wcu.edu


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall January 15

   


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.


Test Scores

GRE – official score report from test administration within the last five years, documenting GRE scores at the 50th percentile or higher on both Verbal Reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning sections (preferred criteria). WCU School Code 5897


Additional Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendations solicited from professionals (ideally professional supervisors and psychology faculty) who can provide information about candidate's:
    • Capacity for success in a doctoral psychology program
    • Interpersonal characteristics
    • Academic preparation
    • Clinical skills
  • A Curriculum Vita documenting the following criteria:
    • Prior research experience (preferred criteria)
    • Educational history and Other experiences
  • Personal statement written in three (3) double-spaced pages or less describing the candidate's
    • Background and experiences in psychology
    • Interest in the PsyD program and specific concentration identified
    • Academic interests that align with departmental faculty
    • Career goals
    • Commitment to providing psychological services to underserved and rural populations

Other

  • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.30 for the last 60 hours (preferred criteria)
  • Cumulative graduate GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher (preferred criteria)  

Information

Location: Biltmore Park Instructional Site, Asheville and Online

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Complete applications are reviewed after the deadline passes


Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Jess Weiler
828.777.6734
jrweiler@wcu.edu

Student Services Specialist
Denise Royer
828.227.3325
droyer@wcu.edu
 
 


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Summer February 1

   


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.


Test Scores

Starting 2020, WCU's Ed.D. program no longer requires a GRE score as part of the application


Additional Requirements

  • Three recommendations
  • Application letter, including short and long-range objectives for completing the Ed.D.
  • Resume highlighting leadership experience

Other

  • Recommended GPA of 3.5
  • Potential candidates for the cohort will be interviewed and asked to complete a writing exercise
  • Students who want to earn a superintendent's license must complete the coursework and requirements for a principal's license prior to enrollment in courses for the superintendent's license

Information

Location: Cullowhee - WCU Main Campus and Biltmore Park, Asheville

DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Applicants must:


Program Contacts

University Program Specialist
Linda Donaldson
828.227.2290
donaldson@wcu.edu 
   


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall OCTOBER 1

  


Submit through PTCAS:

More information can be found on our PTCAS PROGRAM PROFILE

  • Transcripts
  • Official college/university transcripts from all previous coursework. 
  • GRE General Exam – An official copy of scores on the General Test of the GRE (GRE program code #0342) submitted to Western Carolina University PT-PTCAS by the Educational Testing Service.
  • Additional Requirements 
    • Three letters of recommendation completed per PTCAS guidelines
    • An essay written on a topic specified by PTCAS
  • Other
    • Experience demonstrating that the applicant has chosen a career in physical therapy with thoughtful consideration and with a realistic understanding of the scope of physical therapy practice. Volunteer or paid experience with a physical therapist in at least two different clinical settings is strongly recommended. The minimum number of observation hours has been waived due to COVID-19.
    • Physical therapy practice requires certain aptitude, abilities, and skills to ensure success and client safety. Students accepted into the physical therapy program must attest to meeting these essential functions.
    • Complete CASPer test: All applicants applying to the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Western Carolina University are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process for the 2020-2021 Application Cycle. More information...

Submit WCU Graduate School Application

Complete the online application and pay the $65 application fee
Please Note: Do not submit any other admission materials with your WCU "Slate" Application. This includes transcripts, recommendations, test scores, etc.

 

  

    

Master Degree Programs

Information

  • Location: Asheville - Biltmore Park Instructional Site
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

College of Business- Graduate Programs Office
businessgrad@wcu.edu 

Graduate Programs Manager
Kelly McIntyre, M.P.A.
828.654.6533

Graduate Programs Manager
Alexandra Watson
828.654.2233


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring December 1
Summer May 1

 


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.


Test Scores

 


Additional Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume

Other

  • Personal interviews may be requested. A minimum GMAT score of 450 is recommended. In addition, applicants must present an undergraduate GPA sufficient to demonstrate an acceptable probability of success in graduate-level studies. Performance in prerequisite coursework will be considered in the decision process. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee acceptance. The program encourages applications from students with undergraduate degrees in accounting and also from those who have completed degrees in other fields.
  • Differential tuition applies to this program.

Information


Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Ashley Thrasher, LAT, ATC
828.227.3511
abthrasher@wcu.edu


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
SUMMER 

EARLY DECISION - OCT. 15

FINAL - FEB. 1*

 *Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis

  


 

Test Scores

Not Required


Submit ATCAS Application

The following are requirements for application to the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. All of the following requirements must be submitted through ATCAS.

  • 50 hours of observation with an athletic trainer
  • 3 letters of recommendation- one must be from an athletic trainer
  • Statement of Interest/Cover Letter that includes why you want to become an Athletic Trainer
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcript(s)- (official transcripts will need to be sent after acceptance to program and completion of undergraduate degree)
  • Required Pre-requisite Courses with a grade of a “C” or higher. Applicants will still be considered if any of the following courses are not complete at the time of application; however, all courses must be completed prior to starting the program.
    • 3 Credits Nutrition
    • 8 Credits of Anatomy and Physiology (must include lab)
    • 4 Credits Biology (must include lab)
    • 4 Credits Chemistry (must include lab)
    • 8 Credits Physics (must include lab)
    • 3 Credits Psychology (introduction)

Additional Recommendations

Although not required for admission, the following courses are recommended for students to take prior to starting the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program.

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Kinesiology
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods

 

Submit WCU Graduate School Application

Complete the WCU online Graduate School Application


 

Interviews

Interviews are required for admission into the Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. Once applications are reviewed, qualified candidates will be invited to complete an interview with the athletic training faculty and selection committee. Interviews will be conducted on campus in early November and beginning of March. Online interviews will be conducted monthly for those that cannot come to campus

Information

  • Location: Cullowhee - WCU Main Campus
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Beverly Collins

Office: Natural Sciences 109
828.227.3663
collinsb@wcu.edu 


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall - Priority
Fall - Final
March 1
August 1
Spring - Priority
Spring - Final

November 1

January 1

Summer May 1

 

  


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.


Test Scores

COVID-19 Update: GRE requirement will be waived for Spring 2022.

GRE – Combined verbal and math scores of 300 for consideration of full admission


Additional Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Goal Statement – include the names of two faculty members whose research is of interest

Other

To be eligible for consideration the applicant should have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (out of 4.00) or higher, an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Biology or related science from an accredited College or University

Information

  • Location: Hybrid - Biltmore Park Instructional Site, Asheville and Online
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

College of Business- Graduate Programs Office
businessgrad@wcu.edu 

Graduate Programs Manager
Kelly McIntyre, M.P.A.
828.654.6533

Graduate Programs Manager
Alexandra Watson
828.654.2233


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall - Priority April 1
Fall July 1
Spring November 1

 


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.


Test Scores

GMAT or GRE

 

WCU School Code 5897


Additional Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Goal Statement - In an essay or cover letter format (your choice), please tell us about your interest in our MBA program. We would like to know about your professional and/or personal goals and how you expect the MBA program will help you achieve them. The ideal length is usually no less than a half page, and no more than 2 pages
  • Resume

Other

  • We recommend a minimum 3.0 GPA, and minimum 450 GMAT score, or a minimum 300 GRE score. (Standardized test requirement may be waived due to work experience, academic history - Waiver Request Form)
  • International applicants should visit the Graduate School's international applicant page for additional requirements.

Information

  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline - see below

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Scott Huffman
828.227.3669
shuffman@wcu.edu 


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall - Priority
Fall - Final
March 15
August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1

  


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.


Test Scores

Students who are unable to take the GRE due to public health concerns should contact the program director for guidance.

GRE General Exam – WCU School Code - 5897. Other entrance exams may be considered as a substitute for the GRE (GMAT, MCAT, DAT, PCAT)


Additional Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Goal Statement: 1-2 page statement outlining the applicant's goals and research interests

Information

  • Cullowhee - WCU Main Campus
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  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline
  • The completed program entitles the graduate to obtain licensure in the state of North Carolina

Program Contacts

Dr. Tracie Rice
Department Chair - Communication Sciences and Disorders
Western Carolina University
158 HHS Building
trice@wcu.edu
828.227.3378 

 


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall February 1

  


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.


Test Scores

1. Altus Suite - admissions assessments of non-cognitive skills

Altus Suite consists of:

  • Casper: a 60-90 minute online situational judgment test (SJT)
  • Snapshot: a 10-minute one-way interview with standardized questions

You will register for Altus Suite for the US Professional Health Sciences test (CSP-10101).

Access www.TakeAltus.com to create an account and for more information on important dates and requirements (*please note only certain dates are avaialable for testing with the final test date being January 20, 2022*), for the Altus Suite assessments.

 

2. GRE General Exam - School code 5897

 


Additional Requirements 

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Submission of response to written prompt (provided as part of the application through WCU)
  • Completion of ASHA prerequisite courses (biological science, chemistry or physics, social science, statistics) - we accept students with out of field degrees so specific prerequisite CSD courses are not a requirement prior to being accepted

Other

  • Speech Language Pathology practice requires certain aptitude, abilities, and skills to ensure success and client safety. Students accepted into the program must attest to meeting these essential functions.

 

Information


Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Bruce Gehrig
211 Belk Building
828.227.2201
ggehrig@wcu.edu

  


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1

 


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.


Test Scores

Not required


Additional Requirements

  • At least one letter of recommendation
  • Current resume

Other

  • Computer literacy is a necessary prerequisite
  • Recommended 3.0 or higher undergraduate GPA
  • Interviews may be requested

Information

  • Biltmore Park Instructional Site, Asheville
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Melodie Frick
828.6546564
mhfrick@wcu.edu

Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Leader
Dr. Russell C. Curtis
828.227.7310
curtis@wcu.edu 


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall February 1
Summer February 1

 

Applicants may apply for Summer or Fall admission. Summer admission allows students to take 1 - 2 courses, as space allows; otherwise, and if Summer course enrollment is at full capacity, newly admitted students will begin courses in the Fall semester.


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.


Test Scores

GRE General Exam – at least 150 on verbal or quantitative– writing score of 4. GRE School Code: 5897
The test score requirement is waived if the applicant has:

  • an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • a Master's degree

Additional Requirements


Other

  • Qualified applicants will be invited for an admission interview

Information

  • Location: Biltmore Park Instructional Site, Asheville
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Melodie Frick
828.654.6564
mhfrick@wcu.edu 
 

School Counseling Program Leader
Dr. Elizabeth Graves
828.654.6563
eggraves@wcu.edu


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall February 1
Summer February 1

 

Applicants may apply for Summer or Fall admission. Summer admission allows students to take 1 - 2 courses, as space allows; otherwise, and if Summer course enrollment is at full capacity, newly admitted students will begin courses in the Fall semester.


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

GRE General Exam – at least 150 on verbal or quantitative– writing score of 4. GRE School Code: 5897

The test score requirement is waived if the applicant has:

  • an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • a Master's degree

Additional Requirements


Other

  • Qualified applicants will be invited for an admission interview

Information

 

  • Designed for licensed educators
  • Concentrations:
  • Each of the concentrations leads to a recommendation for Advanced Competencies licensure from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

  

Program Contact Email
Suite 201 Advsing Nicole Parton nparton@wcu.edu
Secondary/Special Subject Area Program Coordinator Dr. Carrie Rogers cbrogers@wcu.edu
Biology Dr. Beverly Collins collinsb@wcu.edu
Elementary/Middle Grades Dr. Terry Rose rose@wcu.edu
English Dr. Paul Worley pmworley@wcu.edu
Social Sciences Dr. Elizabeth McRae mcrae@wcu.edu
Special Education - Gifted & Mild to Moderate Dr. Lisa Bloom bloom@wcu.edu
Special Education - Severe/Profound Dr. Karena Cooper-Duffy kcooper@wcu.edu
Gifted, Creative, and Innovative Education Dr. Lisa Bloom bloom@wcu.edu

 


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST) 

Semester Deadline
Fall

August 1

Elementary/Middle Grades: August 1

Spring

January 1

Elementary/Middle Grades: December 1

Summer

May 1

Elementary/Middle Grades: May 1

  


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

GRE General Exam - required only for Biology and Social Sciences concentrations


Additional Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who are in a position to judge the applicant's aptitude for graduate study and potential as a graduate-level classroom teacher.
  • A writing sample. Directions for the writing sample vary by concentration and will include topic(s) and length specified by the concentration.
    • Biology - evidence of individual research such as an undergraduate thesis or in-depth research paper
    • English - a senior level analytical essay that develops and sustains a clear argument. It should be eight full double-spaced pages or more in length; it should employ MLA documentation and use appropriate secondary sources; and it will be evaluated on the basis of content, rigor, depth, and style.
    • Social Sciences - a senior level research paper that synthesizes primary and secondary sources and develops and sustains an argument.
    • Special Education - a written essay describing professional goals and including a one to two-page single-spaced essay addressing one of the following topics (please include the prompt in your essay):
      • Why should a society provide a "free and appropriate" education to students with disabilities who will not be able to achieve academic or other skills at the same level as students without disabilities?
      • What are the most important skills or characteristics a teacher should possess, and why do you say these are the most important?
      • Describe your position on inclusion of students with disabilities in general education. What are the benefits of inclusion and the potential barriers?
      • It is a commonly held belief that gifted students do not need special services because they can "make it on their own." Why is it important for schools to provide programming for gifted and creative students? 

 

Information

  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Delivered 100% online
  • Concentrations: 
    • Art  - Beginning Fall 2021
    • English - Beginning Fall 2021
    • Special Education - Adapted Curriculum and General Curriculum 
    • STEM  (Science, Technology, Engineering,  and Mathematics)
    • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Completed applications are reviewed by the program as they are received

 

The fully online MAT was designed to enable students holding degrees other than education degrees to study in selected teaching programs at the advanced graduate level. Candidates must have an undergraduate degree in the major of the concentration and must meet the prerequisite requirements of the department housing the concentration. Candidates with an undergraduate degree in a major other than the MAT concentration may not qualify for the MAT. 

The program leading to the MAT degree in comprehensive education requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate study. The MAT requires students in all concentrations to complete 21 semester hours in the professional core. A year-long internship or the equivalent is required. The specific requirements for each concentration are listed in each concentration area.

The Comprehensive Education MAT has two phases.  Successful completion of phase one leads to recommendation for an initial level teaching license from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, pending completion of all state-mandated requirements.  Phase two leads to recommendation for an advanced level teaching license from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, again pending completion of all state-mandated requirements.

 


Program Contacts

  

Program Contact Email
Suite 201 Advsing Nicole Parton nparton@wcu.edu
Art Dr. Erin Tapley etapley@wcu.edu 
English Dr. Laura Wright lwright@wcu.edu 
Special Education - General Curriculum Dr. Lisa Bloom bloom@wcu.edu
Special Education - Adapted curriculum Dr. Karena Cooper-Duffy kcooper@wcu.edu
STEM Rachel Wike rwike@wcu.edu
TESOL Rachel Wike rwike@wcu.edu 

 


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST) 

Semester Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1

 


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

GRE General Exam - NOT REQUIRED


Additional Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who are in a position to judge the applicant's aptitude. for graduate study and potential as a graduate-level classroom teacher.
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA or higher on all upper-leval undergraduate coursework.
  • An undergraduate degree in the concentration, or a related field.
  • STEM CONCENTRATION ONLY:  The relevant undergraduate degree should be in science or math or the candidate should have 24 approved credit hours in the science or math field. In addition, for the STEM concentration, candidates must have a passing score on the State Board of Education required content area examination(s) for the requested licensure area
  • A writing sample. Directions for the writing sample vary by concentration - see below.
    • Art - a letter of intent to the program coordinator and a portfolio of their work demonstrating breadth and depth.
    • English - a senior level analytic essay that synthesizes multiple sources and articulates argument.
    • Special Education - a written essay describing professional goals and response to a prompt provided by the program.
      • Why should a society provide a "free and appropriate" education to students with disabilities who will not be able to achieve academic or other skills at the same level as students without disabilities?
      • What are the most important skills or characteristics a teacher should possess, and why do you say these are the most important?
      • Describe your position on inclusion of students with disabilities in general education. What are the benefits of inclusion and the potential barriers?
      • It is a commonly held belief that gifted students do not need special services because they can "make it on their own." Why is it important for schools to provide programming for gifted and creative students? 
    • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) - a written essay and a passing score on the State Board of Education required content area examination(s) for the requested licensure area.
    • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: a 500-700 work Statement of Purpose which includes a description of 1) background (personal, academic, professional) 2)current interest in the MAT and 3)personal, academic and/or professional goals.

Other

Information

  • Location: Cullowhee, NC - WCU Main Campus or Biltmore Park Instructional Site - Asheville, NC
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Paul Yanik
828.227.2166 or 828.227.2775
pyanik@wcu.edu 


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1

 


 

Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

  • Not required  

Additional Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation from former professors or supervisors who can evaluate the candidate's aptitude for graduate study.

Other

  • Prerequisites: An undergraduate degree in engineering, engineering technology, industrial technology, or approval of Program Director.
  • Students who have earned undergraduate degrees in non-technical fields may require additional course prior to beginning the MSET program.

Information

  • Location: Cullowhee - WCU Main Campus and Asheville-Biltmore Park Instructional Site
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director

Dr. Laura Wright
lwright@wcu.edu
828.227.3927

 


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1

  


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

GRE General Exam – optional

  


Additional Requirements

  • 2 letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's aptitude for graduate study
  • Writing Sample - An ideal writing sample should be eight double-spaced pages or more in length; it should employ MLA or APA documentation and use appropriate secondary sources, and it should demonstrate the applicant's ability to analyze a subject and construct a clear argument. It will be evaluated on the basis of content, rigor, depth, and style. This type of essay is typically produced in senior-level English classes. Other writing samples will be considered.

Other

The Graduate School at WCU accepts student applications throughout the year. It is recommended that applicants submit a completed application and all supporting materials at least four weeks prior to the start of first term. Nevertheless, it is best to apply early because limited seats are available each semester.

Information

  • Location: Hybrid
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program after the deadline passes
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Andrew J. Bobilya, Ph.D.
828.227.3326
ajbobilya@email.wcu.edu

  


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
FALL - PRIORITY
FALL - FINAL
February 1
June 1

Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

Not required


Additional Requirements

  • Two letters of recommendation from  academic and/or professional sources
  • Work history resume
  • Essay Paragraphs - answered within the online application - 1500 character limit each.
    • What specifically attracts you to the WCU MS in Experiential and Outdoor Education program?
    • Explain your relevant professional and personal background and experience that has prepared you to contribute to the learning environment in a graduate program in Experiential and Outdoor Education.
    • How would you define experiential education and outdoor education?
    • Please provide a summary of your philosophy of teaching.
    • How might you apply your graduate training in Experiential and Outdoor Education?

Other

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 minimum (or conditional admission with an otherwise exceptional application)
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution (or conditional admission pending conferral of degree)
  • Strong writing skills required
  • Relevant professional experience and/or goals

 

Information

  • Location: Cullowhee - WCU Main Campus
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program after the deadline passes
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Tom Ashcraft, M.F.A.
828.227.7280
tdashcraft@wcu.edu 

  


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall February 1

  


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

Not required

  


Additional Requirements 1

Complete the Graduate School Online Application

  • Statement of Intent
  • Three letters of recommendation from appropriate academic or professional resources
  • Academic Transcripts
  • Portfolio - 10-15 images of current work
  • Resume/CV (optional)

 

 

Information

  • Location: Online
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Concentrations:
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program after the deadline passes
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Patrick Baron
828.227.3514
pbaron@wcu.edu 

  


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall May 1
Spring November 1

 NOTE: Different deadlines apply to the Dietetic Internship program.


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

COVID-19 Update: GRE requirement will be waived for Spring 2022.

Standardized test scores (GRE, GMAT, or LSAT) are required for applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.49 or lower. The test score requirement is waived if the applicant has an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher of if the applicant submits transcripts verifying prior graduate degree from an accredited college or university.

 

WCU School Code - 5897 


Additional Requirements

  • Goal Statement - learn more
  • Three letter of recommendation from instructors or employers who are able to judge the applicant's aptitude for graduate study.
     

Other

  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of "B" or higher (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) in all upper-level undergraduate coursework.

Information

  • Location: Cullowhee - WCU Main Campus
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program after the published deadline
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline


Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. April Perry
828.227.3283
alperry@wcu.edu 


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall March 1

*Occasionally, students are admitted who do not meet the priority deadline. Contact the Program Director for details.

  


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

GRE - School Code #5897. The GRE is NOT required for applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher

  


Additional Requirements

  • Recent resume or CV
  • A HESA Statement/Essay of interest addressing three prompts:
    • What are your career objectives and discuss how a degree in Higher Education Student Affairs will prepare you to meet these objectives?
    • Why is Western Carolina University's Higher Education Student Affairs graduate program of interest to you?
    • What diverse perspectives and experiences will you contribute to the HESA learning community?
  • Three recommendations submitted by former instructors and/or supervisors who are in a position to judge the applicant's aptitude for graduate study
  • If you would like to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship, please click here to download the application. After you complete the Assistantship Application, upload it as "Other Materials" within your admissions application. (March 1 deadline).

Other

  • Applicants for the M.Ed. in the HESA program must have an average G.P.A. of B or higher, as defined by the department in upper-level undergraduate courses in the major.

 

Information

  • Location: Cullowhee, NC - WCU Main Campus
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Available Tracks
    • Non-Thesis Option (American or European concentration)
    • Thesis Option (American or European concentration)
    • Cherokee Studies Option (American concentration, thesis or non-thesis)
    • Public History Option (American concentration)
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Elizabeth McRae
828.227.3481
mcrae@wcu.edu 


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline

Fall - Priority

Fall - Final

April 15*

August 1

Spring - Priority
Spring - Final
October 15*
January 1
Summer May 1

 

 

*We accept applications after these dates, but those submitted beforehand receive priority consideration when it comes to assistantships and other funding opportunities 

  


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

COVID- 19 Update: GRE requirement is waived for the Spring 2022 term

GRE General Exam – recommended a combined score of 300

 

WCU School Code - 5897 


Additional Requirements

  • Three supportive letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample (Optional)

Other

  • An Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is recommended.
  • Decisions will be made based on a holistic review of the applicant's file with each of these criteria evaluated in conjunction with one another.

Information

  • Location: Online
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Contact
Dr. Siham Lekchiri
828.227.2493
slekchiri@wcu.edu 


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall April 1
Spring November 1
Summer April 1

  


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

 


Test Scores

The GRE General Exam is not required for applicants with an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.


Applicants with overall GPAs below the 3.0 we seek may still be admitted into the program if one of the two additional conditions are met:

  1. A min. of three (3) years of full-time HR work experience—OR:
  2. *GRE scores of at least a score of 150 on the Verbal Reasoning, a score of 141 on the Quantitative Reasoning and an analytical writing score of 3.5.

*If extenuating circumstances prevent GRE testing, an applicant may be admitted conditionally, requiring GRE scores to be submitted within one semester

 

  

Additional Requirements

  • Three (3) references (from former professors or job supervisors strongly recommended). These are set up and collected through the online graduate application.
  • A one (1) page essay describing why you are pursuing a career in Human Resources on why you believe you are a "good fit" with the mission and curriculum focus of the WCU MSHR program.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above.
    • Applicants with overall GPAs below the 3.0 we seek may still be admitted into the program if one of the two additional conditions are met:

      1. A min. of three (3) years of full-time HR work experience—OR:
      2. *GRE scores of at least a score of 150 on the Verbal Reasoning, a score of 141 on the Quantitative Reasoning and an analytical writing score of 3.5.

      *If extenuating circumstances prevent GRE testing, an applicant may be admitted conditionally, requiring GRE scores to be submitted within one semester.

  

 

 

Information

  • Location: Online
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

College of Business- Graduate Programs Office
businessgrad@wcu.edu 

Graduate Programs Manager
Kelly McIntyre, M.P.A.
828.654.6533

Graduate Programs Manager
Alexandra Watson
828.654.2233


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall  July 1

Spring December 1
Summer  May 1

*Applications received after the date for "Priority Consideration" might be processed, but it should be anticipated that the entry date could be delayed until the next semester


 

Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.


Test Scores

GRE/GMAT/MAT - Optional - if deemed necessary to support an applicant's case beyond other materials submitted


Additional Requirements

Required Items:

  • Resume.

Preferred Items:

  • Essay, addressing topics such as the rationale for entering the program, how you will meet the challenges of graduate-level academic study, your passion to persist throughout the program until graduation, goals, and aspirations after earning the degree.
  • Letters of Recommendation 
  • Documentation of Leadership/Innovation/Entrepreneurial Achievements
  • Awards

Additional Optional* Items:

  • Interview with the program director or another faculty member.
  • GRE, GMAT, MAT.

*If deemed necessary to support an applicant's case beyond other materials submitted.

Information

 

  • Location:
    • Nurse Educator and Nurse Leadership - Online
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Available Tracks:
  • Applications for the Nurse Leadership and Nurse Educator programs are reviewed as they are received. Family Nurse Practitioner applications are reviewed after the deadline passes.
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Student Services
828.654.6510
wcunursing@wcu.edu 


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall - Nurse Educator & Nurse Leadership April 1
Spring - Nurse Educator & Nurse Leadership October 1 

  


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

GMAT or GRE is not required.

  


Additional Requirements

  


 Other

  • Applicants must possess a BSN from a regionally accredited college or university and a nationally accredited nursing program with at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  • Evidence of completion of an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course and a course in research methods is required.
  • Applicants must be a registered nurse eligible for licensure to practice in the state in which the student intends to practice, and have a minimum of one-year clinical experience within the last five years.
  • Applicants may be required to participate in an interview session.
  • Applicants who are admitted to the program must own or have access to a computer with Internet service. Computer literacy is a necessary prerequisite.

 Information

  • Location: Online
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

College of Business- Graduate Programs Office
businessgrad@wcu.edu 

Graduate Programs Manager
Kelly McIntyre, M.P.A.
828.654.6533

Graduate Programs Manager
Alexandra Watson
828.654.2233


 Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall July 1
Spring December 1

 


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructionsfor specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.


Test Scores

While not required, applicants who wish to strengthen their applications may submit GRE or GMAT scores.

  


Additional Requirements

  • One letter of recommendation from a current or past employer that speakers to your project management experiences and suitability for the program.
  • Goal Statement that includes your professional goals and aspirations, your motivation for applying to the program, and any relevant formal or informal experiences
  • Relevant work experience of at least 2 years in projects or project management
  • Resume
  • Minimum of 10 points on admissions criteria.

Information

  • Location: Cullowhee, NC - WCU Main Campus
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program after the deadline passes
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Jonathan Campbell
jmcampbell@wcu.edu 


Deadline (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall March 1

  


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

GRE - WCU School Code 5897

  


Additional Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Goal Statement
  • Resume/CV

Other

  • Minimum  GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework required.
  • Finalists will be invited for an interview with program faculty.

Information

  • Location: Biltmore Park Instructional Site, Asheville, NC
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Graduate Program Director
Dr. Heather Rimes
828.227.3494
hnrimes@wcu.edu 


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1

  


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

Not Required


Additional Requirements

  • Current Resume
  • A 1-2 page essay that addresses the following question: "Why do you want to pursue an MPA and a career in public service?" In your answer, be sure to discuss how your job, educational and life experiences relate to this goal.

Information

  • Location: Hybrid - Biltmore Park Instructional Site, Asheville and Online
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed after the deadline passes

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Heidi Von Dohlen
828.227.3311
hbvondohlen@wcu.edu

Student Services Specialist
Denise Royer
828.227.3325
droyer@wcu.edu



Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall May 1

  


 

Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.


Test Scores

Not Required


Additional Requirements

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Three years of successful full-time teaching (or in a related, certified position within a school)
  • Hold or be eligible to hold a North Carolina Class A teaching license or a comparable license from another state. Please submit a copy of your license.
  • Three online recommendations including one from your current administrator
  • Completed district verification form noting years of school-level experience
  • MSA/PMC/NCSELP Initiative Candidate Evaluation Rubric to be completed by applicant's principal or district leader.
  • Current resume highlighting leadership experience
  • Responses to leadership goals in application system

Information

  • Location: Cullowhee, NC - WCU Main Campus and Biltmore Park Instructional Site - Asheville, NC
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program after the deadline passes
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Dr. Amy Murphy-Nugen
abmurphynugen@wcu.edu
828.227.3698


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall April 1
Summer - Advanced Standing (must have BSW) February 1

  


 

Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

  • Not required

Additional Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation – at least one should be an academic recommendation
  • Supplemental Materials
    • Resume
    • Personal Narrative Statement (Goal Statement)
    • List of Liberal Arts Courses
    • Criminal Records Statement

Other

  • GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework, or a 2.85 on a 4.0 scale cumulatively.
  • Adequate undergraduate preparation (18 semester hours) with a range of studies in the liberal arts, humanities, physical sciences, diversity, and behavioral sciences- an undergraduate degree in Social Work is not required for admission.
  • Some Human Services-related experience, including volunteer work desirable.

Information

  • Location: Online
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

College of Business- Graduate Programs Office
businessgrad@wcu.edu 

Graduate Programs Manager
Kelly McIntyre, M.P.A.
828.654.6533

Graduate Programs Manager
Alexandra Watson
828.654.2233


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall  July 1
Spring  December 1
Summer  May 1

  


 

Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

While not required, applicants who wish to strengthen their applications may submit GRE or GMAT scores

  


Additional Requirements

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Goal Statement A 500 word essay including professional aspirations and a discussion of a current issue in the sport management field that is related to the applicants career goals. Research used to support your response should be cited according to APA.
  • Resume

Other

  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA is recommended..

  

  

Specialist Degrees

Information

  • Location: Cullowhee, NC - WCU Main Campus
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program after the deadline passes.
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline


Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Ethan Schilling
828.227.3324
ejschilling@wcu.edu 


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall February 1

 


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

GRE General Exam – School Code 5897

  


Additional Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Goal Statement
  • Resume/CV

Other

  • A Minimum GPA of 3.0 on last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework required.
  • Finalists will be invited for an interview with program faculty.
  • Degree earned is the Specialist in School Psychology (SSP) and a Master's (MA) in General Psychology with a concentration in school psychology is earned upon completion of 50 credit hours on the way to the SSP degree. 
  • Graduates are eligible for Level II Licensure at the state level and National Certification as a School Psychologist after completing program requirements, including passing the Praxis II exam.

   

 

Certificate Programs

Information

  • Location: Cullowhee, NC - Main Campus
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • The Department of Social Work offers a 12-credit hour Stubstance Abuse Studies certificate for students who are enrolled in the MSW or Clinical Mental Health Counseling Programs at WCU as well as practitioners (non-students) who are looking to seek licensure as a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist (LCAS-A).
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts


Professor Beth Young, LCSW, LCAS, CCS
828.227.3842
llyoung@wcu.edu

  


 Deadlines (11:59 p.m.  EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1

 


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

If required by program of study (Social Work, MSW or Clinical Mental Health Counseling)

 


 

Other

For current WCU MSW and Clinical Mental Health Counseling students:

1. Resume

2. Personal Statement: Write a 2-3 page essay bout your interest in enrolling in the certificate program, your desire to work with this population and your long-term goals in the field of addiction treatement.

For practitioners:

1. Resume

2. Personal Statement: Write a 2-3 page essay bout your interest in enrolling in the certificate program, your desire to work with this population and your long-term goals in the field of addiction treatement.

3. Proof of licensure

Information

  • Location: Cullowhee, NC - WCU Main Campus
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Completion of the certificate requires a total of 15 semester hours of approved graduate level courses
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

  


Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Ben Steere
828.227.2444
basteere@wcu.edu

  


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1

 


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


 

Test Scores

GRE/GMAT not required

Information

  • Location: Online
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

  


 

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Lisa Lefler
828.227.2164
llefler@wcu.edu

 


 Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1

   


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


 

Test Scores

GRE/GMAT not required

Information

  • Location: Main Campus - Cullowhee and Biltmore Park Instructional Site - Asheville
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • The certificate is earned through the completion of four three-credit courses and a one-credit capstone course in the final semester
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

  


 

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Mahmoud Aldeni
maldeni@wcu.edu 

 


 Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1

   


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


 

Test Scores

GRE/GMAT not required


 

Other

Admissions requirements are a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics or a business, science or technology field with previous coursework in Calculus I-II (MATH 153 and 255 or equivalent), computer science or programming experience (CS 150 or MATH 340 or equivalent) and introductory statistics (MATH 270 or MATH 370 or equivalent). 

Information

  • Location: 100% Online
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program after the deadline passes
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Student Services
828.654.6510
wcunursing@wcu.edu   


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall April 1
Spring  October 1

  


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

GMAT or GRE is not required.

  


Additional Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Resume and professional statement - see details

  


 Other

  • Applicants must possess a MSN from a regionally accredited college or university and a nationally accredited nursing program with at least a 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work.
  • Evidence of completion of an undergraduate or graduate level statistics course and a course in research methods is required.
  • Applicants must be a registered nurse eligible for licensure to practice in the state in which the student intends to practice, and have a minimum of one-year clinical experience within the last five years.
  • Applicants may be required to participate in an interview session.
  • Applicants who are admitted to the program must own or have access to a computer with Internet service. Computer literacy is a necessary prerequisite.
 

 

Information

  • Location: Online
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

College of Business- Graduate Programs Office
businessgrad@wcu.edu 

Graduate Programs Manager
Kelly McIntyre, M.P.A.
828.654.6533

Graduate Programs Manager
Alexandra Watson
828.654.2233


 Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall July 1
Spring December 1

 


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

While not required, applicants who wish to strengthen their applications may submit GRE or GMAT scores.


 

Other 

  • 3.0 average GPA recommended on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework

Information

The program requires 15 hours of coursework

  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Laura Wright
828.227.3927
lwright@wcu.edu  

  


Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1

 


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

Not required


 

Other 

  • Certificate courses can be applied toward a M.A. in English

Information

  • Location: Online
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Requires 15 hours of graduate coursework
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Erin Callahan
828.227.3925
eecallahan@wcu.edu

  


 Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1

 


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

Not required

 

  

Licensure Programs

Information

  • Location: Online
  • Discover more about the program
  • Leads to an AIG license that can be added to any academic area license
  • Requires 12 graduate hours in gifted education. All courses are online with the exception of a one-week field experience in June
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Lisa Bloom
828.227.3288
bloom@wcu.edu 

  


 Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1

 


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

Not required


Additional Information

Information

  • Location: Online
  • DISCOVER MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM
  • Options:
    • Adapted Curriculum
    • General Curriculum
  • Licensure coursework leads to a NC Standard Profession I teaching license
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the program as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate Program Director
Dr. Lisa Bloom
828.227.3288
bloom@wcu.edu

  


 Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)


Semester Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1

 

Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

Not required


Additional Requirements

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • MAT and alternative licensure candidates should complete and submit the Application for Admission to Teacher Education prior to the end of the first term of enrollment, including additional supporting documentation

Information

  • Location: Online and on-campus
  • Discover more about the program
  • Requires 12 graduate hours of graduate study including an internship
  •  Applicants must possess or be in the process of attaining a 60- credit hour Master’s level degree from a regionally accredited university with CACREP accreditation in an approved counseling area (i.e., Clinical Mental Health, Marriage and Family Therapy, College Student Development).
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contact

Dr. Lisen Roberts
828.227.2291
lroberts@wcu.edu 

  


 Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

Semester Deadline
Fall April 1
Spring November 1

 


Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.  


Test Scores

Not required


Additional Information

Additional materials to submit with the online application

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Completion of a two-question essay
  • Checklist for meeting master's degree and course requirements

  

Non-Degree

Information

  • Location: Main Campus – Cullowhee, NC, Biltmore Park Instructional Site -Asheville, NC and Online
  • Categories of Non-Degree Admission
    • Non-Degree (on campus)
    • Non-Degree (Distance)
    • Transient (on campus)
    • Transient (Distance)
  • Not all programs allow non-degree students to enroll in their classes. Applicants need to obtain approval from the Graduate Program Director prior to applying.
  • Non degree students are not eligible for financial aid and are not assigned advisors
  • Complete applications are reviewed by the Graduate School as they are received
  • All applications and supporting documents must be received by the published deadline

Program Contacts

Graduate School
828.227.7398
grad@wcu.edu

  


 Deadlines (11:59 p.m. EST)

 

Semester Deadline
Fall August 1
Spring January 1
Summer May 1

 

Transcripts

A transcript from each college or university attended must be uploaded with the online application. Do not send transcripts to Western Carolina University. Refer to the Application Instructions for specific instructions and for international transcript instructions.

  


Test Scores

Not Required


Additional Requirements

  •  None
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