About The Graduate School

The Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides leadership to envision, shape and support the highest-quality education for a diverse community of graduate students whose contributions will have global impact.

Through research, teaching and public service, graduate education generates knowledge and innovative solutions that address critical societal needs. Graduate students and alumni improve lives through their leadership, professional expertise, and civic engagement in our state and beyond. Founded in 1903, it oversees the administration of more than 160 degrees that span 80+ programs.

Established in 1793 as the first state university in the nation, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is one of the leading graduate research universities.

Welcome message from Dean Beth Mayer-Davis

Beth Mayer-DavisGraduate students—and prospective students—greetings from The Graduate School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We strive to provide excellence in graduate education as our talented students become the next generation of leaders, researchers, and public servants.

As the nation’s first public university, graduate education at UNC-Chapel Hill builds on our University’s storied history and its vision for the future. Our graduate students are emblematic of innovation made fundamental. They are capable and prepared to address humanity’s greatest challenges, and they lend talents to research and scholarship that shape the future of democracy and the workforce. Graduate students encompass nearly all areas of campus, reflecting a wide range of inquisitiveness necessary for learning that is collaborative and future focused.

Pursuing a graduate education can be a challenge—designed to grow your mind and shape the future of knowledge. We offer graduate students a range of resources, including our academic, funding and fellowships, and student affairs teams and mental health and well-being tools, to make your time at Carolina a success.

Learn more about what makes graduate education at Carolina exceptional. We’re here to help you navigate your graduate career and strive to support you so that you may reach your academic and professional goals.

—Dean Beth Mayer-Davis

The Graduate School's Mission

The Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill provides leadership to envision, shape and support the highest quality education for a diverse community of graduate students whose contributions will have global impact.

Through research, teaching and public service, graduate education generates knowledge and innovative solutions that address critical societal needs. Graduate students and alumni improve lives through their leadership, professional expertise and civic engagement in North Carolina and beyond.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill encompasses 80-plus programs offering more than 160 different graduate degrees. Graduate students and professional students make up about 37 percent of Carolina's total number of enrolled students. More than 13 percent of our graduate students come from underrepresented groups: African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian. Another 14 percent are international students.
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The Graduate School provides graduate students with fellowships, tuition support, travel awards, and research supplements. Many of our fellowships are interdisciplinary in focus.

The Graduate School supports graduate students in every program across the Carolina campus, serving students from admission through graduation. We provide services to graduate students including seminars and classes in pedagogy, leadership, communication, grant writing, and other professional development.

Accreditation

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.