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This online delivery allows you to start the program any term. Your courses will include students from a variety of graduate-level Educational Leadership programs for a dynamic learning environment focused on improving students lives.
Recommended Application Deadlines
We recommend that you apply at least 60 days before the start of your first term. Approximate recommended deadlines:
- Summer term: March 15
- Fall term: June 15
- Spring term: November 15
Students can generally still apply after these dates, but if the date has passed please contact the Program Coordinator to determine whether you should still apply for and/or begin classes in the upcoming term.
Your Program Coordinator will depend on which term you start the online program delivery.
Thank you for your interest in this UNC graduate program! You will complete the UNC Graduate School application and then submit additional materials. Please review the Eligibility section of the Program Summary page prior to application.
U.S. applicants (outside of Colorado) for online programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.
Step 1 – Apply
Apply to the UNC Graduate School (the bullets below may help you as you complete the application).
On the application, you will choose one of the following programs:
- Educational Leadership M.A. (Extended Campus)
- Educational Leadership Ed.S. (Extended Campus)
Licensure: Principal (K-12) Endorsement (Extended Campus)
Request 3 academic or professional letters of recommendation from those who can attest to your academic potential and abilities. You will be asked to supply information for your recommenders in the application.
International applicants: please read the additional instructions below.
If you are unable to complete your application in one session, you can log back in to your application later to complete it. The application fee process will appear once you submit your application.
Step 2 – Submit Transcripts & Supplemental Items
You will then continue in the system (or log into the Admissions Portal) to complete the following:
All applicants will need to request one official transcript from each regionally accredited college or university where a bachelor's degree or higher was earned (or is in progress). Some applicants may need to provide additional transcripts. Situations that require this are listed on the Graduate School website (choose Domestic or International). Directions for having your official transcript(s) sent to UNC are listed in the Application Portal.
Current resume or curriculum vita which documents professional experiences in education.
A copy of all K-12 related license(s).
You will complete a Background Information Sheet.
Detailed Statement of Goals which describes your:
- Demonstrated commitment to education
- Contributions to professional education
- Immediate and long-range personal, professional, and academic goals
- Rationale for pursuing this program
Strengths and weaknesses as they apply to educational leadership
The application portal will also show you which of your recommendations have been completed.
GRE scores are NOT required for this program.
Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. The timing of the admission decision depends on each individual program’s deadline and review process.
International Applicants (For the Fully Online Program)
All international (non-U.S. citizen) applicants should mark Yes for "Are you an international student?" at the beginning of the graduate application process. In addition to any application steps listed above, you will also need to prepare the following for your application:
- Demonstration of Language proficiency – either a Qualifying test score (TOEFL iBT: 80, IELTS: 6.5, PTE: 60) or a petition for exemption. UNC's institutional code for TOEFL is 4074.
- Copy of passport bio/photo page *
- Financial Documentation * # – we will need to verify that you can pay the estimated costs (tuition, fees, room, board, insurance, books, supplies, travel) for the time you will be in the U.S. Those applying to programs that last longer than 1 year will only need to provide proof for the first year at the time of application.
* = Items marked with * are only required for applicants who will be coming to the United States.
# = Items marked with # are not required with your initial application. You will submit them after you have been admitted to UNC.
For more information about UNC International Admissions and the UNC Center for International Education, please visit the International Admissions site, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 970-351-2831.