Admission Requirements


Admission to the program

Admission requirements to be met by each applicant are presented below. Specific documentation required by the UNC Charlotte Graduate School for admission is also described.

Admission requirements (minimum and general requirements):
Applicants will be reviewed for admission to the Program based on their satisfaction of the requirements described below.

  • The equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate or master’s degree, from a regionally accredited college or university, in engineering, earth science and geology, chemical and biological sciences  or a related field with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 and  a minimum graduate GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in all graduate work.  
  • Applicants holding baccalaureate degrees with an undergraduate GPA of 3.75 or higher may be considered for admission,
  • Acceptable scores on the verbal, quantitative and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are expected to be in the upper 50th percentile.
  • An acceptable TOEFL score as required by the Graduate School for international students.
  • Three letters of reference, two of which must be from faculty members.
  • An essay which addresses the applicant’s motivation and area of research interest.
  • Students entering the program will be expected to remedy any coursework deficiencies identified by their advisory committee in the first semester after enrolling in the program. The required coursework will depend on the background of the student and will be established by the INES Director the student’s research advisor. 

Documents to be submitted for admission

The Office of the Graduate School at UNC Charlotte requires the following documents be submitted in the online application package for each student:

  • One copy of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official GRE scores (verbal, quantitative and analytical)
  • Official TOEFL scores if the student’s native language is not English.
  • UNC Charlotte graduate online application
  • Three letters of reference
  • An essay that addresses the applicant’s motivation and research issues of interest including faculty contact if any.
  • A current CV