Dec 03, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog | 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2021-2022

Academically or Intellectually Gifted, Graduate Certificate, Early Entry

Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may apply to either of these Early Entry Programs to begin work toward a graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree. 

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of at least 75 undergraduate credit hours (although it is expected that close to 90 credit hours will have been earned by the time the first graduate course is taken)
  • Minimum 3.4 overall undergraduate GPA
  • Submit application online at and provide supporting documents (i.e., transcripts and a brief personal statement)
  • Recommendation by the Graduate Program Director and approved by the Graduate School

Continued Enrollment Requirements

  • Completion of Early Entry Program Form, with signatures indicating approval by the Undergraduate Coordinator, Graduate Program Director, and Graduate School, prior to registering for graduate coursework
  • Maintain a minimum 3.4 overall undergraduate GPA
  • Undergraduate students are allowed to take only 15 hours of graduate credit before they have completed their baccalaureate degree

Double-Counted Courses

This Early Entry Program is also accelerated; up to 6 credit hours earned at the graduate level may be substituted for required undergraduate hours.  In other words, up to 6 credit hours of graduate coursework may be “double counted” toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

More Information

For additional details on Early Entry to Graduate Programs, see the “Degree Requirements and Academic Policies” section of the Graduate Catalog and the Graduate Admissions website at

For details about the full requirements for these degree programs, see the individual program listings in the Graduate Catalog.