How to Apply

The program offers six application cycles per year: Fall 1, Fall 2, Spring 1, Spring 2, Summer 1, Summer 2. Accepted students will be admitted for the next term following their acceptance. For example, students who apply by the Spring 2 deadline (February), if accepted, will take their first course in Spring 2 (classes begin in March).

Program Features

  • 30-credit, online accelerated program
  • Courses are 3 credits and run for 7 weeks
  • Students take one course per session
  • Applications are accepted for admission six times per year
  • Ideal for working professionals, military/spouses and veterans

Important Deadlines

The IMC M.A. program admits students 6 times per year. Below are the deadlines for the 2020-2021 academic year.

OAP TermApplication DeadlineDocument Receipt DeadlineClasses Begin
Fall 2 2020September 19, 2020September 26, 2020October 19, 2020
Spring 1 2021December 12, 2020December 19, 2020January 18, 2021
Spring 2 2021February 13, 2021February 20, 2021March 15, 2021
Summer 1 2021April 10, 2021April 17, 2021May 10, 2021
Summer 2 2021May 29, 2021June 5, 2021June 28, 2021

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Application Checklist

1. Complete GRE or MAT Test
NOTE: All test scores are waived due to COVID-19
2. Official Undergraduate Transcripts

Official undergraduate transcripts are required.

  • The Graduate School requires one (1) official transcript (official transcripts are received in a sealed envelope from the awarding institution or electronically delivered via an approved third party vendor) from each university, college, community college, junior college and high school dual enrollment institution attended. Transfer credit listed on another institution’s transcript is not acceptable. If you do not request one (1) official transcript from each institution attended, the processing of your application will be delayed.
  • Official transcripts from each institution should be sent to the Graduate School. The only exception is study abroad credit that is transcripted (i.e., the courses and/or grades from the study abroad experience are listed) by a regionally accredited U.S. institution (i.e., you attended a short term study abroad trip and received credit at a U.S. accredited institution).
  • Transcripts may be sent and will be received by UNCW before your application is submitted. To be sure that all of your transcripts are linked to your submitted application, put your full legal name and any and all past names on your application.
  • Electronic Method (Preferred): Password protected transcripts may be sent directly from the institution to:
  • Paper Method – Official Transcript (Envelope Sealed by the Institution):
    • UNCW Graduate School
    • Attn: Kimberly Goerne Harris
    • 601 S. College Rd.
    • Wilmington, NC 28403- 5955

3. Online Recommendations

Please provide three recommenders’ contact information through the online application. At least one recommendation should be from an academic instructor. Recommenders will be forwarded an electronic submission link from UNCW and asked to answer a series of questions. They do not need to write a letter.

4. Statement of Purpose

Statement of purpose addressing how the M.A. IMC will help you achieve your personal and professional goals (500 words).

5. Complete and Submit Online Application

Apply Here:

Select “Apply to an OAP Program.” Follow the steps to ensure a successful application submission. If you have any questions about the online application, please email