Human Development and Family Studies

Application Process

All programs are fall admission only. Prospective graduate students apply online at and submit their application materials to the Graduate School (not the HDF Department). The Graduate School requires a 3.0 undergraduate GPA for full admission into UNCG graduate programs. A completed application includes:

*the online application and $60 application fee

*three references (preferably at least two from academic faculty professors)

*official GRE scores (except for M.Ed Program Administration emphasis or Certificate programs)

*one copy of official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (Note: If one transcript shows transfer credit from another institution, you do not need to provide a transcript from the original institution). You will apply online and request your references from your chosen recommenders through the online system, but at this time GRE scores and transcripts are still sent via paper copies.

*The HDF Department also requires a 1-3 page professional statement, which may be submitted directly to the HDF department or to the Graduate School. The professional statement is a chance for the applicant to explain their reasons for pursuing graduate study in this field, previous experience and training in this or related fields, and their professional goals. Students applying for admission to the M.S. program, the MS/PhD program, or the PhD program should also indicate their primary areas of research interest and the faculty members you are most interested in studying with and working with. M.Ed students should indicate which emphasis they are applying for in their personal statement.

The HDFS Department encourages students to submit the online application form even if they do not yet have the other application materials. This can speed up the application process.

International Applicants: Learn more about international application requirements from the International Programs Center

Deadlines to apply for fall admission:

LECE Certificate or B-K Licensure Certificate : May 15th (earlier applications are encouraged)

M.S. thesis or MS/Phd Program: December 15th

Masters in Education (B-K ISED) May 15th (earlier applications are encouraged)

PhD Program: December 15th

UNCG is currently authorized to offer online courses to students in all states except Iowa, Wisconsin, Montana, Wyoming and Minnesota.