Western Carolina University

Introduction

WCU was founded in 1889 to bring higher education and career opportunities to the western region of North Carolina. A member of the University of North Carolina system, WCU now provides an education to more than 9,000 students from 38 states and 32 countries.

The university’s mission is focused on quality education and preparation for responsible citizenship in a changing world. Since its founding, WCU has grown in size to become a major cultural, scientific, and educational force in the region and the state—and we’re still growing.

Our academic programs span more than 120 specialties—including the nation’s highest-ranked entrepreneurship and project management programs, a national award-winning teacher education program, a criminal justice program used as a model for North Carolina’s accreditation program, and the nation’s first accredited four-year emergency medical care program.

Our distinguished faculty includes national award-winning authors, nationally and internationally recognized experts, and winners of Emmy, O. Henry, and National Endowment for the Arts awards—to name a few.

Western Carolina University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's, education specialist, and doctor's degrees.

Also, the university holds 21 special program accreditations and is a member of more than 30 state and national associations and organizations to which its professional programs are related.  

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Master of Accountancy

Campus Full time September 2016 USA Cullowhee

In addition to the Graduate School Admission Requirements, M.Ac. applicants must present a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record [+]

Master of Accountancy

 

In addition to the Graduate School Admission Requirements, M.Ac. applicants must present a satisfactory score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE). A minimum GMAT score of 450 is recommended.   At the discretion of the program director, the entrance examination requirement may be waived, if the applicant has previously passed the Uniform CPA examination.  In addition, applicants must present an undergraduate GPA sufficient to demonstrate an acceptable probability of success in graduate level studies. Performance in prerequisite coursework will be considered in the decision process.  Three letters of recommendation are required and personal interviews may be requested.  Meeting these criteria does not guarantee acceptance .  The program encourages applications from students with undergraduate degrees in accounting and also from those who have completed degrees in other fields.Prerequisites: In addition to the preceding requirements, the following course prerequisites must be satisfactorily completed. Prerequisites are normally met by coursework, but satisfactory examination results may be considered.... [-]


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Master of Science in Biology

Campus Full time September 2016 USA Cullowhee

To be eligible for consideration the applicant should have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (out of 4.00) or higher, an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Biology or related life [+]

Master of Science in Biology

To be eligible for consideration the applicant should have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 (out of 4.00) or higher, an undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in Biology or related life science from an accredited College or University and a combined verbal and math GRE score of 1000 for consideration of full admission. Application materials just include a statement of research interest, three letters of reference, official transcripts and GRE score.

 

 

Graduate School Admission RequirementsAdmission to any graduate program at WCU requires admission to the Graduate School. Graduate students are required to have access to technology that meets the University computer requirements.Degree Requirements. Applicants for admission to the Graduate School are expected to hold a bachelor’s-level degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the time they begin their program of study. Certain programs may require specific degrees or coursework as a requirement for admission (see Program Admission Requirements for individual programs). An applicant may be required to take additional coursework as either co-requisites or pre-requisites to strengthen or supplement the undergraduate background.Transcripts. At the time of application, all degree-seeking applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree may be offered regular, provisional, or conditional admission. Failure to produce the proper credentials (final official transcript verifying conferral of a baccalaureate-level degree) during the first semester of admission will result in a withdrawal of the offer of admission, withdrawal from all current classes, a registration hold being placed upon the student’s record, and forfeiture of tuition and fees (see Fees, Expenses, Financial Aid – Refund Policies).Recommendations. As part of the online application, the Graduate School requires submission of the names and contact information of three references.  Most programs require letters from all three recommenders. However, even if a program does not require any recommendation letters, the Graduate School requires the name and contact information of three recommenders.  This requirement applies to all Graduate School applicants (including non-degree applicants).... [-]


Master of Science in Chemistry

Campus Full time September 2016 USA Cullowhee

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in chemistry will give you the opportunity to obtain a highly marketable chemistry degree and prepare you for a career as an industrial chemist or for further [+]

Master of Science in Chemistry

 

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree program in chemistry will give you the opportunity to obtain a highly marketable chemistry degree and prepare you for a career as an industrial chemist or for further study in professional schools or doctoral programs.   The program is designed for students to finish in two years, including an original research project and a thesis. Teaching assistantships are available for graduate students, and there are a limited number of in- and out-of-state tuition waivers.   Although a baccalaureate degree is required, a degree in chemistry is not! We encourage applications from mathematics, computer science, physics, biology, environmental health, natural resources management, and clinical laboratory sciences undergraduates.   The M.S. Degree in Chemistry requires 30hrs of graduate work which include research, a written thesis and oral defense. 4+1 M.S. in ChemistryThe “4 + 1” degree program is designed to provide students working toward their Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Chemistry a means to earn a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Chemistry in one additional year.   The degree requirements for the 4+1 Program are identical with those of a traditional M.S. degree.  In order to complete the M.S. degree program in one year, students must start their research in their junior year and take their upper level chemistry course work at the graduate level.  Up to 12 credit hours of these upper level courses can be transferred toward the 30 credit hour requirements of the M.S. program. Students interested in pursuing the 4+1 B.S./M.S program should inform their academic advisor as soon as possible.... [-]


Master of Science in Mathematics

Campus Full time September 2016 USA Cullowhee

In addition to the Graduate School Admission Requirements, applicants must have achieved an average grade of B or higher as defined by the major department in upper-level undergraduate [+]

Master of Science in MathematicsIn addition to the Graduate School Admission Requirements, applicants must have achieved an average grade of B or higher as defined by the major department in upper-level undergraduate courses in the major. A personal interview may be requested. The General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is required, as are three recommendations from former instructors who are in a position to judge the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study.

 

 

Graduate School Admission RequirementsAdmission to any graduate program at WCU requires admission to the Graduate School. Graduate students are required to have access to technology that meets the University computer requirements.Degree Requirements. Applicants for admission to the Graduate School are expected to hold a bachelor’s-level degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the time they begin their program of study. Certain programs may require specific degrees or coursework as a requirement for admission (see Program Admission Requirements for individual programs). An applicant may be required to take additional coursework as either co-requisites or pre-requisites to strengthen or supplement the undergraduate background.Transcripts. At the time of application, all degree-seeking applicants must submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Applicants who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree may be offered regular, provisional, or conditional admission. Failure to produce the proper credentials (final official transcript verifying conferral of a baccalaureate-level degree) during the first semester of admission will result in a withdrawal of the offer of admission, withdrawal from all current classes, a registration hold being placed upon the student’s record, and forfeiture of tuition and fees (see Fees, Expenses, Financial Aid – Refund Policies).Recommendations. As part of the online application, the Graduate School requires submission of the names and contact information of three references.  Most programs require letters from all three recommenders. However, even if a program does not require any recommendation letters, the Graduate School requires the name and contact information of three recommenders.  This requirement applies to all Graduate School applicants (including non-degree applicants).... [-]


Master of Science in Technology

Campus Full time September 2016 USA Cullowhee

The Master of Science in Technology program advances the student’s understanding of technology in the modern manufacturing workplace. Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in an [+]

Master of Science in Technology

 

The Master of Science in Technology program advances the student’s understanding of technology in the modern manufacturing workplace.  Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree in an engineering, engineering technology, or a closely related program, with a GPA in the major greater than or equal to 3.00. Prerequisites for admission to the program for graduates of other curricula include a minimum of 60 hours of undergraduate work spread over four different technical or engineering areas.  In addition to the Graduate School Admission Requirements, the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) is required. The GRE requirement may be waived if the applicant: 1) possesses a minimum of three years U.S. work experience, 2) has an undergraduate overall GPA of 3.25/4.0, and 3) applies for a non-thesis option without graduate assistantship consideration.  Three recommendations from former instructors who are in a position to judge the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study are required. Students must demonstrate computer competency prior to completion of six hours of the program. Students who lack experience must complete an advisor-approved computer class, which is in addition to the MST program hours.... [-]