Graduate Programs at University of North Carolina Wilmington
University of North Carolina Wilmington

University of North Carolina Wilmington

The University of North Carolina Wilmington
The campus at The University of North Carolina Wilmington
About us:
The University of North Carolina Wilmington, one of North Carolina’s 16 public universities, is consistently recognized at a national level for academic excellence and affordability. At UNCW you will enjoy a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking and thoughtful expression in a beautiful campus setting.

Wilmington is a charming, friendly city on the southeastern coast of North Carolina in the United States. Located just minutes from numerous beaches, Wilmington has a renowned historic district as well as a vibrant art culture, literature, film and music scene. Wilmington International Airport (ILM) provides commercial air service to cities both domestic and abroad, and is just six miles from the UNCW campus.

UNCW was established in 1947 and enrolls approximately 14,000 undergraduate students and 1,800 graduate students. UNCW offers 49 undergraduate majors for 54 Bachelor degrees, 29 graduate programs, and 4 doctoral programs. The average class size for undergraduate programs is 22 students with a student to faculty ratio of 17:1. Popular majors for international students include Business, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies and Marine Biology.

Applied learning is an essential part of the UNCW student experience. Students integrate theories, ideas and skills they have learned into new contexts, thereby extending their learning. Many of these for-credit experiences take place outside the traditional classroom through undergraduate research, study abroad programs, internships, and service learning opportunities.
Student Life & Resources
UNCW houses more than 260 student organizations, 19 NCAA Division I athletic teams and over 60 intramural and club sports. Long standing traditions for students include Oozeball, Beach Blast, Convocation, Involvement Carnival, and UNCWelcome Week.
UNCW is committed to diversity and inclusion through education, support and advocacy through:
  1. The Upperman African American Cultural Center, which supports the recruitment, retention and academic achievement of black students at UNCW; and
  2. Centro Hispano, which supports the rapidly growing number of Hispanic students applying to, attending and completing degrees at UNCW; and
  3. LGBTQIA Resource Office, which supports lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex and allied students, faculty, staff, and alumni. The LGBTQIA Resource Office works to create a safe and inclusive environment for the LGBTQIA community and contribute to a culturally rich campus.
International students at The University of North Carolina Wilmington
International Student Support Services
The International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office, which is located in the Office of International Programs, is dedicated to fostering globalization by attracting, supporting, engaging, and advocating for UNCW’s community of international students and scholars.

Specifically, ISSS:
  • Advises on and ensures institutional compliance with federal immigration regulations for students, visiting scholars, and employees on our visa sponsorship (F, J, H-1B, and LPR);
  • Provides transition support that addresses the unique needs of international students and scholars;
  • Coordinates events that engage international students with the broader community to promote a global culture throughout our campus and region;
  • Serves the broader campus community in an administrative and advisory capacity.
Examples of ISSS events and programs:
  • International Student Orientation
  • Intercultural Festival and International Education Week
  • Trips including New York City and Washington D.C.
  • Global Cafes that meet bi-weekly
  • Community Host Program
  • International Student Organization
  • Peer Mentor Program
  • Welcome and celebration events for the beginning and ending of semesters
  • Various local excursions
  • Thanksgiving Dinner
The University of North Carolina Wilmington is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees.

The English as a Second Language Program is CEA accredited.

The Cameron School of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This accreditation places UNCW in the top 30% of business education programs.

UNCW recognized as a Best College Value for 2018 –Kiplinger’s Personal Finance

Included in Fiske Guide to Colleges 2019, which highlights the nation’s “best and most interesting” colleges and universities.

Ranked 6th among public universities Best Regional Universities in the South- U.S. News & World Report 2019

Featured among best in nation for graduate school programs, U.S. News & World Report 2019 Best Graduate Schools

Best Southeastern School- The Princeton Review’s list of, “2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region”
International Student 2018-2019 Cost of Attendance
Full Time 2018-2019 Non-Resident
Tuition $18,416
Fees $2648
Housing $6660
Meals $4026
Books/Supplies $1126
Transportation $1775
Loan Orig Fee $64
Personal $1618
Health Insurance $2622
Total $38,955
Full Time 2018-2019 Non-Resident
Tuition $18,548
Fees $2648
Housing $8578
Meals $2918
Books/Supplies $983
Transportation $1775
Loan Orig Fee $128
Personal $1618
Health Insurance $2622
Total $39,818
First-Year International Student SAT Scholarship
  • Amount: $5,000 per academic year, up to $20,000 USD.
  • Terms: Students that submit an SAT score of 1300 or higher on the Evidence Based Reading & Writing and Math sections of the new SAT or an ACT score of 30 or higher may be eligible for $5,000 per year.
F-1 Visa Incoming International Student Scholarship
  • Amount: $2,500, split up to $1,250 each semester during the first year of attendance.
  • Terms: Any incoming degree-seeking international student attending UNCW for the 18-19 academic year on an F-1 visa is eligible to apply for this scholarship. This is only open to incoming F-1 students, not current F-1 students and the award is only applicable for the first year of attendance at UNCW.
  • Deadline: April 16 Award
    Winner Announced: Late April
Global Student Ambassador Scholarship
  • Amount:  $2,000, split up to $1,000 each semester for one year (fall & spring semesters).
  • Terms:
    • Only current international students on an F-1 visa are eligible to apply.
    • To be eligible students must be on track to be full-time current students for the 18-19 academic year.
    • Students who receive this award will serve as an Global Student Ambassador for the following academic year (fall & spring semester).
  • Deadline: April 16 Award
    Winner Announced: Late April
Admissions Requirements
  • Fall (August) Entry: April 1
  • Spring (January) Entry: October 15
All Applicants Must Have:
  • Completed online application
  • Non-refundable application fee ($80 USD)
  • Official transcripts, translated to English, for coursework completed outside of the U.S. for secondary school and post-secondary institutions (if applicable)
    • Students interested in transferring post-secondary school credit must submit a Credential Evaluation Report from an approved National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) company. For more information, please visit
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Personal essay and short answer question
  • Extracurricular involvement
Students must meet one of the following criteria:
  • TOEFL: Average score of 75-85 (minimum of 71)
  • IELTS: Average score of 6.0-6.5 (minimum of 6.0)
  • Duolingo (DET): Minimum score of 54
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Minimum of 54
  • SAT: Evidence Based Reading & Writing score of 490 or higher
  • ACT: Reading score of 20 or higher
  • English is native language (some exceptions apply)
  • Successfully complete Level 4 in UNCW’s ESL program.
    • Level 4 participants must maintain a 3.0 GPA and have an attendance rate above 85 percent while in the ESL program.
  • Two college-level courses of English composition at a U.S. college or university with a “B” or higher (transfer students only).
Admissions Requirements - Graduate:
  • Application Fee: $60 USD – The non-refundable application fee is paid using a MasterCard or Visa credit card upon submission of the application.  
  • A bachelor‘s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in this country or its equivalent in a foreign institution (as evaluated by is required prior to the first day of classes. 
  • Department Specific Requirements:
    Please contact us to find out.
Please complete the form on the right to start your application or to find out more.
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Computer Science & Information Systems
The Master of Science in Computer Science & Information Systems is an intensive interdisciplinary graduate program. 
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Entrepreneurship and Business Development
Students are prepared for new venture creation and careers with existing businesses with an entrepreneurial focus.
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Environmental Studies
The environmental studies curriculum is designed to give students the depth of intellectual and analytical skills along with the scholarly background necessary to understand and solve environmental problems.
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Film Studies
The Film Studies Department prepares students to participate in a world increasingly shaped by moving pictures.
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Operations Management
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