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 can attend UNC Extended Campus programs. In order to be issued an F1 visa to come to the states, U.S. immigration requires that international graduate students be in the classroom setting (not attending online) for 6 out of 9 credits each term for which they attend courses in the U.S.
**In some countries, the scholarships and government support available to you for U.S. education may have additional restrictions on how many credits you can take online and count towards your degree program. If you have a sponsor for your U.S. educational experience, please check with them when applying to a program that has a portion of the courses offered only online. Some also have restrictions on the area of study you choose.
Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency in order to be considered. Possible ways to demonstrate proficiency:
Students in completely online UNC programs are not required to come to the United States. You will not need student Visas or receive any immigration documentation, and do not need to provide financial documentation during the application process.
Applicable graduate credit with a grade of A or B from an accredited university may be able to be applied towards this academic program. Master's and post-master's specialist degree students must complete a minimum of 24 credits at the University of Northern Colorado. All work counted in a degree program must be within five years for a master's degree and six years for a specialist degree. The time limit is calculated from the beginning of the first class transferred in and counted in the degree program. Students must submit an original transcript to their advisor for review. Student and advisor then complete a Transfer of Credit form to submit along with the original transcript to the Grad School for review and final approval.
Alan Morse, PhD
“The UNC master’s program proved to be a tremendous asset to my growth within the Sport Administration field. The program not only teaches theoretical aspects of Sport Administration but more importantly teaches you how to utilize those theories in the field. Another great aspect is how they schedule the program with the working person in mind, allowing you to pursue the degree as you continue to work.”
– Seth Tjaden, US Air Force Academy Athletics
“I chose the Sport Administration program because I had heard that this was one of the top programs in the country. My professors provided an outstanding education where they were able to share their real life experience and didn’t just teach us out of a book. The program was challenging and they kept us engaged because we used the knowledge and tools we acquired on projects we completed for sports organizations.”
– Terry Anderson, Program Coordinator, Aims Community College
“The design of the UNC program and the attentiveness of the faculty provided a great opportunity for me to earn my masters while working full time for the U.S. Olympic Committee. The coursework enabled me to understand how theories and what we learn in the classroom can be useful in my career. The broad life experiences the professors bring to the classroom really added to the quality of education I received.”
– Lisa Elson, Coordinator International Games, US Olympic Committee
“When I was deciding on where to get my Sport Administration Master’s degree, I was looking for several things: the experience of the faculty, convenience, and a small class size. The University of Northern Colorado’s Sport & Exercise Science department checked all of these boxes. During my time in the program I was challenged to think outside of the box, and given the opportunity to collaborate with a diverse group of classmates. I can truly say my degree from UNC made it possible for me to get to where I am today.”
– Alex Yack, Assistant Athletics Director, Texas Tech University