Graduate Priority Admission

At the discretion of Individual graduate programs, priority admissions strategies may be developed for Honors College students. Toward the end of their freshman, sophomore, or junior years, Honors College students may be invited to apply for priority admission to graduate programs at ECU at the master’s level. Upon application to a specific graduate program, graduate program directors will review and consider them for priority admission based on the student’s desired semester of graduate enrollment.

The student’s admission request would indicate the proposed date for starting the graduate program and identify the individual graduate program for admission.
The Graduate School will approve a waiver of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or other standardized admission exam for honors students who apply for priority admission to master’s degree programs. Students accepted for priority admission must maintain good standing in the Honors College with a GPA 3.3 (Honors College student) and must graduate in good standing in the Honors College.

Benefits of Priority Admission: Graduate program directors and faculty will work with honors students to help them identify scholarly research/creative activity projects and themes to deliver research training that will help the students get a head start on research that may apply to their master’s degree.

Graduate Programs Offering Priority Admission:

Students can find contact information for their program of interest by navigating to the Graduate School’s Find Your Program Feature ( Once you have found your program of interest, click on the name of the program and you will visit a page complete with contact information for the Graduate Program Director (GPD).  Scroll to the bottom of the page to see name, phone, and email information for the GPD.