Frequently Asked Questions
What is required when applying?
Specific information regarding the application process can be found at http://gradadmissions.uncc.edu/apply-now/application-requirements/. Generally, you will need transcripts from all colleges/universities you have attended, three letters of reference, a statement of purpose and GRE test results. International students (where English is not the native language) are also required to provide Englsih language proficiency test results.
What is the deadline for applying?
Your application must be submitted by August 15th to enroll in the fall semester. For the spring semester, your application must be submitted by January 1st. For more information, please visit https://gradadmissions.uncc.edu/apply-now/application-deadlines/. There are also priority application deadlines of March 1st (for fall) and October 1st (for spring). Applications submitted by the deadline will be given priority consideration for admission, course enrollment, and financial assistance.
What is the minimum GPA required?
A GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for admissions. If you have worked toward or earned a graduate level degree or certificate, those grades will also be considered.
My University has a different GPA scale. How do I convert my GPA to a 4.0 scale?
There are a number of resources available on the internet to help you convert your GPA. The iGPA calculator offered by the World Education Services (WES) is available at http://www.wes.org/students/igpacalc.asp?
Is the STEM program approved?
Yes, see the program CIP code is 15.9999 and is STEM approved. See http://gradadmissions.uncc.edu/admissions-info/international-applicants/stem-designated-program/
What is the minimum GRE score required?
There is not a minimum required score for the GRE. Students admitted into the program typically score near 145 on the verbal portion, 155 on the quantitative portion and 2.5 on the written portion.
When will my application be reviewed?
Applications cannot be reviewed for admission until they are complete (all required information provided) and submitted. Review of applications generally begins in late September for spring semester and late January for fall semester. Beyond these dates, applications are reviewed when received.
How long does it take to complete the degree?
Students generally complete the required 30 credit hours in 3 or 4 academic semesters.
Is financial assistance available?
A limited number of Research Assistantships are available. Students are selected by the faculty responsible for the research and selection is based on demonstrated performance. Information on other options can be found at http://gradadmissions.uncc.edu/#funding
What are my employment opportunities following graduation?
A wide range of opportunities exist for graduates and allow them to tailor their interests with their career path. A number of regional and national level companies providing construction, engineering, property development, and facility management services recruit students from UNC Charlotte. The annual Construction Internship and Career fair held each fall is a great opportunity to meet potential employers and learn about the opportunities.
Who do I contact about my I-20 visa and/or OPT?
Contact the International Student and Scholar Office (ISSO). Visit their website at http://isso.uncc.edu
Are the courses offered online?
No, at this time all courses are offered on campus.
Who do I contact about Veteran's benefits?
Contact Ms. Marianne Williford, a Graduate Enrollment Counselor in the Graduate School, to learn more about all the ways UNC Charlotte supports veterans.
Who do I contact if I still have questions?
Contact Dr. Smithwick, the Graduate Program Director, if you still have questions.