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Mathematics Graduate Certificate – Eligibility

Admission Requirements

  • You must possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university, with a 3.0 GPA or better (on a 4.0 scale) on the most recent 60 hours of college credit.
  • At least 24 hours of undergraduate mathematics coursework at the level of Calculus I or above with at least a 2.8 GPA.
  • We will admit students conditionally who don't meet the 24 hours of mathematics with 2.8 GPA requirement, and most of these successfully complete graduate mathematics programs.
  • Please note: if you are seeking eligibility to teach undergraduate math courses (including dual enrollment courses at a high school), many institutions, and their accreditors, require that you also have a master's degree. If you do not have a master's degree, we recommend our Mathematics MA - Teaching Emphasis program.

Eligibility by State

At this time, UNC has secured approval to serve online education to students from every state and the U.S. Virgin Islands via our participation in NC-SARA and some additional state-by-state authorizations. However, we are not currently accepting students to our online programs who reside in Puerto Rico or the CNMIs. Due to how fluid these agreements can be at the state or federal level, we recommend checking our Eligibility by State page for details.

International Students

International students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Applicants for online programs must demonstrate English proficiency in order to be considered. Possible ways to demonstrate proficiency:

  • Qualifying test scores: TOEFL: 80, IELTS: 7.0, PTE-A: 54
  • Completion of a degree in the U.S., or from an English speaking country (parts of Europe, Canada), within the last two years.

For this program, you do not need to submit financial documentation with your initial application. You will need to submit financial documentation about 6-8 weeks in advance each time before you plan to come to the U.S. for your coursework. The financial documentation needs to demonstrate that you can cover the cost of tuition and living expenses for the time period that you will be in the U.S. This is so that we can issue a DS-2019 for you to be able to apply for a J1 visa.

Certificate Program Transfer Credit Policy

Our graduate certificate programs feature highly specialized learning outcomes determined by our expert faculty. Therefore, to ensure that certificate graduates attain this specialized knowledge, students will need to complete all certificate coursework directly from this UNC program.

However, the mathematics department does allow for the possibility of up to 6 credits of related graduate mathematics courses to transfer. Please contact the Program Coordinator to discuss possible transfer credits.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
Just over 1 year - courses two Summers in a row
$495/credit hour

Delivery Options:

Program Coordinator:

Jodie Novak, PhD


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