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Fall Semester Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for applicants who wish to begin their graduate studies in fall 2018. For all dates listed, the deadline is 11:59:59 p.m., Eastern Standard Time. If there is a discrepancy between the deadline information on this page and other materials you may have received, you should adhere to the deadlines on this page.

Important information for applicants from regions affected by natural disasters


Ph.D. Programs
Art, Art History and Visual Studies   12/15/2017
Biochemistry   12/15/2017+
Biology   12/15/2017
Biomedical Engineering   12/15/2017
Biostatistics   12/08/2017
Business Administration   12/31/2017
Cell and Molecular Biology   12/01/2017
Chemistry   12/01/2017
Civil and Environmental Engineering   12/15/2017
Classical Studies   12/14/2017+
Cognitive Neuroscience   12/01/2017
Computational Biology and Bioinformatics   12/01/2017
Computational Media, Arts, and Cultures   12/15/2017
Computer Science   12/15/2017
Cultural Anthropology   12/08/2017
Developmental and Stem Cell Biology   12/01/2017
Earth and Ocean Sciences   01/08/2018
Ecology   12/01/2017
Economics   01/05/2018
Electrical and Computer Engineering   02/28/2018*
English   12/11/2017
Environment   12/15/2017
Environmental Policy   12/15/2017
Evolutionary Anthropology   12/20/2017
Genetics and Genomics   12/01/2017
German Studies - Carolina-Duke Program
(must apply through UNC Graduate School)
History   12/15/2017
Immunology   12/01/2017
Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health   12/08/2017
Literature   12/08/2017
Marine Science and Conservation   12/08/2017
Materials Science and Engineering   03/31/2018
Mathematics   12/19/2017
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science   12/31/2017
Medical Physics   12/08/2017
Molecular Cancer Biology   12/15/2017+
Molecular Genetics and Microbiology   12/01/2017
Music   01/12/2018
Neurobiology   12/01/2017
Nursing   12/15/2017+
Pathology   12/29/2017+
Pharmacology and Cancer Biology   12/13/2017+
Philosophy   12/31/2017
Physics   12/15/2017
Political Science   12/20/2017
Psychology and Neuroscience (Clinical track)   12/01/2017
Psychology and Neuroscience (All non-clinical tracks)   12/01/2017
Public Policy Studies   12/04/2017+
Religious Studies   12/20/2017+
Romance Studies   12/31/2017
Sociology   12/18/2017
Statistical Science   12/01/2017


* Electrical and Computer Engineering Ph.D. applicants: Applications submitted by 12/01/2017 are guaranteed review. Applications submitted after 12/01/2017 but before the closing date of 02/28/18 will be reviewed based upon availability of space and funding.

+Application deadline changed (new deadline is posted)


Master's Programs
Analytical Political Economy   02/01/2018
Bioethics and Science Policy   03/31/2018**
Biomedical Engineering   01/15/2018
Civil and Environmental Engineering   12/31/2017
Computer Science   01/31/2018
Digital Art History/Computational Media   03/15/2018
East Asian Studies   01/31/2018
Economics   01/15/2018
Economics and Computation   02/15/2018
Electrical and Computer Engineering   01/01/2018*
Experimental and Documentary Arts   01/31/2018
Global Health   03/01/2018
Graduate Liberal Studies   01/31/2018
History   12/15/2017
Humanities   03/01/2018
Interdisciplinary Data Science   02/15/2018
Master of Arts in Teaching   01/31/2018
Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science   01/31/2018
Medical Physics   01/08/2018
Political Science   02/16/2018
Quantitative Financial Economics   01/31/2018
Religious Studies   01/31/2018
Slavic and Eurasian Studies   01/31/2018
Statistical Science   01/01/2018


*Electrical and Computer Engineering master's applicants: Applications submitted by 01/01/2018 are guaranteed review. Applications submitted after this deadline but before the closing date of 2/28/18 will be reviewed based upon availability of space.

**Bioethics and Science Policy applicants: All applications received by 03/31/2018 are guaranteed review; however, applications submitted by 01/31/2018 will receive priority consideration. Applications received between 03/31/2018 and 05/31/2018 will be reviewed on a space-available basis.


Note to Applicants from Regions Affected by Natural Disasters

Our thoughts are with prospective applicants who are dealing with the devastating impact of recent natural disasters in the southern United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and the Caribbean. We realize that some applicants living in these regions are facing tremendous technical difficulties as they work to complete their graduate school applications.

If you are concerned about recommendation letters, school documents, or GRE scores arriving late due to technical infrastructure issues, please upload a statement to the Additional Information section of your application explaining the potential delay. The Graduate School will review your statement and let you know which application materials will be accepted after the application deadline.

If you need additional assistance, do not hesitate to contact the graduate admissions office at or 919-684-5737.