Application Process

Required application materials must be submitted to the UNC Graduate School by the official deadline of March 13, 2018:

  • UNC Graduate School online application.
  • Application fee (non-refundable $87.50). The Graduate School accepts credit card payments for online admission applications. Applications and fees must be received by the admissions deadline.
  • Transcripts. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be scanned and uploaded by the application deadline. Only applicants offered admission into the program submit official, sealed transcripts. Transcripts are required from every institution the applicant lists.  If transfer or study abroad courses appear on a main transcript and have no accompanying grades, a transcript will be required from the host institution. If grades are shown, then another transcript is not necessary.
  • Graduate Record Examination scores. The Graduate School requires an official copy of test scores be sent directly from the testing service, but applicants can submit unofficial scores with their application. Test scores must be dated within five years of application or applicants must retake the exam. When taking the GRE, please note that UNC’s Institutional Code is R5816. Check the Graduate School website for more information on standardized test score requirements and average scores of admitted applicants.
  • Resume. Applicants should include all communication-related work experience.
  • Three letters of recommendation. Applicants provide email addresses for recommenders in the online application, triggering overnight an email from the application system to the recommender with instructions for electronically submitting a recommendation.  Recommendations should come from academic and/or professional sources best qualified to evaluate the applicant’s potential as a graduate student. Please note that recommendations must be submitted by your recommenders before the application deadline.
  • A statement of reasons for pursuing the degree. Describe your career goals and research interests. Focus on how you think the MATC program will benefit you professionally and personally. Also address how you plan to incorporate a part-time master’s program into your schedule. Focus on time management strategies and your ability to meet the course demands and residency requirements. The statement should be double-spaced and no longer than three pages.

The application process is administered centrally by the UNC Graduate School. Only complete applications can be considered for admission. Complete applications are defined as those accompanied by the $85 fee and containing unofficial transcripts, official GRE scores submitted by ETS, a resume, a statement of purpose, and, if necessary, TOEFL scores.

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Admissions Interview

All applicants being considered for admission undergo an interview with the MATC Admissions Committee. These interviews will be conducted remotely via web-conferencing.

During the interview, special attention is given to the student’s academic and professional background as well as to his or her strategies for managing the program course load while meeting work and family responsibilities.

Application Notification

Students will be notified of their application status.

If you have missed the application deadline for the MATC, the School of Media and Journalism offers an online Certificate in Technology and Communication that students apply to by May 1 for fall semester and by October 1 for spring semester.