Jul 21, 2024  
Graduate Catalog | 2024-2025 
Graduate Catalog | 2024-2025

Welcome to UNC Charlotte

Welcome to UNC Charlotte, North Carolina’s urban research university. 

Founded in 1946 to serve returning veterans, UNC Charlotte has enjoyed an astounding trajectory over our history, made possible by visionary leaders, extraordinary students, stellar faculty and staff, and dedicated alumni.

Great things are happening at Charlotte. There’s excellent momentum.  

Last fall, the University achieved the position as one of the nation’s top 100 public universities, at No. 96, in the 2024 U.S. News & World Report Best College rankings. Overall, the University climbed 41 spots and is one of the fastest rising universities in the U.S.

In 2021, the University set a bold vision for the future to be a top-tier globally recognized research university. With record research expenditures, new areas of emerging research, and record number of graduate students choosing Charlotte, our goal is within reach. The Chronicle of Higher Education projects that Charlotte will receive R1 (“very high research activity”) status in early 2025. The R1 classification by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education will be a recognition of all of our efforts to date and the trajectory of where we are going. 

Graduate students are key drivers of the research enterprise and are essential to Charlotte attaining and maintaining R1 status. 

As you work toward your graduate degree, please think of UNC Charlotte’s dedicated faculty and staff as partners in your success. Their expertise and support, along with the many University resources and services available to you, will enable you to meet your academic, personal and professional aspirations. 

During your time at Charlotte, explore all the possibilities available. Take advantage of leadership and volunteer opportunities; attend cultural events and lectures; join a student organization; participate in intramural sports; and cheer on your Charlotte 49ers whenever they are competing.

It is truly a privilege to serve as your chancellor. Please know that I will do everything in my power to support and strengthen our academic enterprise, ensure a great college experience for you, and always place the highest priority on the safety and well-being of our campus community. 

I am delighted that you have chosen to pursue your graduate studies at Charlotte. Go Niners!



Sharon L. Gaber


If this is your first year at UNC Charlotte, welcome to our dynamic community! If you are returning, we are pleased to welcome you back. 

You are part of an engaged and enterprising university that is interconnected with North Carolina’s largest city. Because we are situated in a growing and dynamic region, our institution is alive with possibilities to learn and grow. As you explore the academic opportunities available, know that we believe in your ability to succeed.

You will be taught by the best professors, mentors, researchers and advisors. Our faculty are creative. No matter what discipline they teach, they find new and inspiring methods to spark their students’ desires to learn and to grow. And they are experts at building connections - with students, with other disciplines, with practical applications and with our greater community.

Remember, too, that there is more to the collegiate experience than coursework. I encourage you to become involved in some of the many activities or student organizations. By getting involved, you will build relationships with both your fellow students and our faculty
and staff that you will cherish for years to come. 

I hope you will take advantage of the excellent resources available here and explore all that our campus has to offer. But don’t stop
there - explore research, community engagement, and professional development opportunities in the greater Charlotte area and in the world beyond. We’re here to help you get started.

We are pleased that you have chosen UNC Charlotte. As our University continues to grow, we look forward to you continuing to grow
with us as a person, a scholar and a future alum.



Jennifer Troyer
Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs