Early Entry Master's Program

Early Entry Master's Program

In this program up to 9 credit hours of graduate level 5000/6000 BIOL courses may taken as an undergraduate and also be credited toward the Master’s degree. In other words, graduate work will be “double-counted” for both your undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Deadlines for applications are April 15 for the Fall semester and October 1 for the Spring semester. A UNC Charlotte undergraduate student will apply in April of the Junior year (May graduation) to take courses in both Fall and Spring semesters of the Senior year.  A UNC Charlotte undergraduate student will apply in October of the Senior year (May graduation) to take courses in the Spring semester of the Senior year. 

What you need to apply:

  • Have a minimum 3.2 GPA in Biological Sciences
  • Be a Biology major or minor or a major in a related sciences department
  • Have completed at least 75 hours of undergraduate course work
  • Currently be performing research in a lab in the department OR identify a major advisor prior to submission of an application. Be certain to have the identified major advisor submit one of the letters of support for your application.
  • Submit a competitive Master's application including GRE test scores and letters of support. See appropriate application guidelines and admissions procedures.
  • IMPORTANT: You are required to email the Graduate Programs Coordinator Dr. Christine Richardson at C.Richardson@unc.edu once your application is submitted to be considered for this program.
  • If admitted then you must complete an Early-Entry Course Approval Form and have it approved by both the Graduate Programs Coordinator and the Graduate School.  Failure to obtain prior Graduate School approval negates a student's ability to "double-count" courses in an accelerated Early Entry program.
  • Early Entry students will be charged undergraduate tuition and fees for all courses (graduate and undergraduate) for which they register.  Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students will be charged graduate tuition and fees.
  • If an early-entry student has not met the normal admission requirements of a 3.0 GPA at the end of his/her baccalaureate degree, she/he will be dismissed from the graduate program. Students accepted into an early-entry program will be subject to the same policies that pertain to other matriculated graduate students. 
  • Additional information may be found at the Graduate School Early Entry web page.