Elizabeth City State University Graduate

Welcome to the Elizabeth City State University Graduate Online Application
A message from the campus:

Dear Applicant:

We are very pleased that you have chosen to pursue Graduate Education at Elizabeth City State University. The Office of Graduate Education at Elizabeth City State University is committed to the mission of the University and facilitates your admission to quality graduate degree programs that are designed to meet the needs of the citizens of Northeastern North Carolina, the State, the Nation and the Global Community. At ECSU, dedicated faculty and staff prepare students in a challenging, supportive, highly technical environment to compete and excel in a technologically advanced society of the Twenty-First Century Global Economy. The University currently offers the following graduate and professional programs:

†∑†††††††† Master of School Administration

†††††††† Master of Education in Elementary Education

†††††††† Master of Science in Mathematics with Concentrations in:

o†† Applied Mathematics

o†† Community College Teaching

o†† Mathematics Education

o†† Remote Sensing

†††††††† Master of Science in Biology with Concentrations in:

o†† Biological Sciences

o†† Biology Education

The Office of Graduate Education at Elizabeth City State University will assist you in your pursuit of graduate education and professional development. For further information please visit our website at http://www.ecsu.edu/graduate/.Again, thank you for your interest in Graduate Education at Elizabeth City State University. We look forward to receiving your application for one of our graduate programs.


†Paula S. Viltz, Ed. D.

Director, Office of Graduate Education

Last updated: 3/5/2015 11:33:00 AM ET

Admission Procedures

Please read the instructions and complete the online application as thoroughly as possible. Your failure to provide complete, accurate, and truthful information on this application may be grounds to deny or withdraw your admission, or dismiss you after enrollment.

General Information for All Graduate Programs

Graduate level admission status at Elizabeth City State University is classified as: Unconditional Admission, Conditional Admission, and Special Student Admission. Admission to Elizabeth City State University means only that the student will be permitted to enroll in courses at the graduate level. It does not necessarily imply that he/she will be admitted to a program leading to an advanced degree.

Applicants and students must assume full responsibility for being knowledgeable about regulations governing graduate level studies. General regulations apply to all applicants and students regardless of degree program and admission status; additional regulations apply to applicants and students based on the type of specific admission status.

The completed application packet must be received by the Office of Graduate Education by the dates below to ensure that an admission decision is made prior to the start of classes for the following semesters:

Admission for Spring Semester: November 15
Admission for Summer Semester: March 15
Admission for Fall Semester: July 15

Instructions for All Graduate Applicants

Application: Mail the application agreement statement and the $30 nonrefundable fee to the Office of Graduate Education, 1704 Weeksville Road, Campus Box 943, Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC 27909. The fee is due within fourteen (14) business days after the online application process is completed. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Elizabeth City State University. In the memo line, please note that the submitted funds are for a Graduate Application for Admission. You may also pay with a credit card by phone. Call (252) 335-3207 to take advantage of this option.

Transcripts: Request two (2) official transcripts from each college or university you have attended. Transcripts are considered official when received in a sealed envelope and sent directly from each college/university you attended.

Graduate Test Scores: Test Scores must be forwarded directly to Elizabeth City State University's Office of Graduate Education by the official testing service or agency. Elizabeth City State University accepts official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from Educational Testing Service (ETS) and Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores from Pearson-PsychCorp.

Letters of Recommendation: Three (3) completed Recommendation Forms are required as a part of the admission process. Only persons familiar with academic abilities, such as the major degree area departmental chairperson or professor, and those aware of professional work, such as a supervisor, should submit a form. The top portion of the form must be completed by the applicant and then presented to the recommender for submission to the Office of Graduate Education. Recommendation Forms may be mailed directly from the recommender to the Office of Graduate Education.

Essays: An essay is required as a part of the admission process for each program.

Health Form: A completed Health Form is only required for all students taking more than FOUR (4) credit hours per semester on the university campus. The Health Form should be accompanied by immunization records and is required for any student taking more than four credit hours per semester on campus.

Admission Requirements Based on Classification

Unconditional Admission Status
A student must satisfy the following criteria for unconditional admission:

  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited higher education institution;
  • Overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale);
  • Appropriate score on the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) (taken within the last five years) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), if applicable;
  • Interview with Department faculty, if applicable;
  • Recommendations from three professionals who can document work performance submitted on the Graduate Recommendation Form;
  • Completed ECSU Health Form (For all students taking more than four credit hours on the university campus); and
  • Two official transcripts sent from the Registrarís Office, of all institutions previously attended.

Conditional Admission Status
With the approval of the graduate coordinator of his/her proposed graduate major and the chairperson, a student whose scholastic record does not fully meet requirements for unconditional graduate status may be granted conditional admission. This classification terminates on the date of the student's completion of successful application or admission to a Graduate Program. The student may be admitted for a trial period of one semester after which he/she may be given full graduate status, if the work is judged to be of graduate quality by the Departmental Graduate Admissions Committee. Admission may be refused due to low grades on the student's scholastic record or low performance.

Special Student Status
Elizabeth City State University recognizes the admission classification of special students. This designation is a temporary classification for persons who wish to take licensure renewal, transfer of credits to another institution, take courses for personal satisfaction, or for those with incomplete Graduate Application Packets. This classification terminates on the date of the student's completion of successful application (not later than the end of the second semester of enrollment) or admission to a Graduate Program. Persons admitted as special students are not candidates for a degree. They may take only nine (9) credits before being admitted to a program leading to a Master's degree. Credits earned while a student is designated as a special graduate student may later be applied toward the fulfillment of the requirements of a graduate degree program provided:

  • The action is recommended by the graduate coordinator of the student's intended major and approved by the chairperson;
  • The credit was earned within the past two years;
  • The amount of credit does not exceed nine semester hours;
  • The work is "B" level or better, and
  • The work has not been taken to remove deficiencies. (Deficiencies are defined as qualifications needed in order to meet Graduate Education admission standards). (Biology Master's degree students see Biology Handbook).

Additional Requirements for International Applicant

The Office of International Programs coordinates international student admissions. In order to be considered for admission, international applicants should submit the following items:

  • Application: International applicants may apply online but are also required to submit a paper application
  • A $30.00 application fee must accompany the application for admission and is not refundable. Certified checks or money orders should be made payable to Elizabeth City State University, required
  • Transcripts: An official transcript, mark sheets, or documents with official seals should be provided from each college or university that you have previously attended. The documents should be provided in your native language of issue as well as an official, notarized, or certified copy in English
  • International Applicants should submit a transcript evaluation by Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. or World Education Services for non U.S. colleges and universities. Applicant's evaluations must be forwarded by the agency directly to the Office of Graduate Education.
  • Three letters of recommendation (check for specific program requirements)

A completed Financial Guarantee Form is required to provide the University with verification that the required funds are available to support the proposed program of study. Said applicants must also provide information regarding current visa status. Every section should be completed and all requested supporting documentation noted on the form should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Education.

If English is not your native language and you have not completed at least one year of education at a United States school, you are required to take a standardized English language exam. The University accepts either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and scores must be forwarded to the University by the testing service. An IBT TOEFL score of 20 on each section for a total minimum score of 80, 550 (paper-based), or 213 (computer-based), or IELTS score of 6.5 is required to meet the language exam requirement. Official reports of standardized admissions test results must be sent directly to the University by the testing service (GRE or GMAT).

Elizabeth City State University
Office of Graduate Education
1704 Weeksville Road
Willie and Jacqueline Gilchrist Education and Psychology
Complex, Room 354
Elizabeth City, NC  27909-7806
In-state telephone: (877) 962-3276
Out-of-state telephone: (877) 962-3276
Fax: (252) 336-3146
Website: www.ecsu.edu/academics/graduate
How to Use the Elizabeth City State University Graduate Online Application

To complete the online application, simply type your answers in the corresponding fields or select your answers from the popup lists (where applicable).

After you complete a screen, click the NEXT button at the bottom or on one of the sections listed on the left column to move to a different screen. Before you are allowed to jump screens, we will inspect your data on the current screen for errors or inconsistencies. If errors or omissions are found, you will be returned to the screen to correct your answer(s). Otherwise, your data will be saved and you will proceed to the requested screen. We also allow you to skip to another screen without your new data being saved. Be aware that if you use the Skip & Jump function on the left column, data on the current screen will not be saved and will have to be re-entered prior to submittal.

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