Prospective Graduate Student FAQs
Tuition waivers. We try to offer tuition waivers to students with assistantships, but tuition waivers are in limited supply so some students with assistantships may not receive a tuition waiver. Tuition waivers do not cover fees; therefore, students are typically responsible for paying fees.
Out-of-state students may be granted an out-of-state tuition waiver which pays the out-of-state portion of tuition costs only. When possible, out-of-state students may also be granted an in-state tuition waiver, which covers the additional cost of in-state tuition, in addition to out-of-state tuition. Please note that if you are granted an out-of-state tuition waiver ONLY, you will still be responsible for paying in-state tuition. If you are NOT already a North Carolina resident, we urge you to seek residency as soon as possible so as to reduce the demand on the limited number of tuition waivers available
Fellowships and Scholarships: In addition to Departmental assistantships (which have a service requirement), UNCG has non-service fellowships and scholarships that are awarded by the Graduate School to exceptionally qualified students who meet the particular requirements of the award.
We encourage any students who wish to work full time to discuss your plans with your faculty advisor or the director of graduate study once you are admitted to the program.
If you have been accepted to our MPH program and are interested in the doctoral program, we encourage you to discuss your plans with your faculty advisor once you enroll. We also encourage you to talk to our doctoral students who have transitioned from the MPH program to the doctoral program about their experiences. You can apply for the doctoral program during your second year of the MPH program or after you graduate.
- You can review information about our faculty to determine if there is a fit between their interests and your interests. This is a critical step for applicants to the PhD program, but also a great suggestion for MPH applicants. Feel free to contact our faculty to discuss their research, community engaged scholarship, and projects.
- You can review information about our current MPH/PhD students and contact them to learn more about their experiences here.
- You can apply to the UNCG Visions Program, which allows students to take a few graduate classes without being admitted to a particular program of study. Credits earned at UNCG through Visions are recorded in the University Registrar’s Office on an official transcript. Taking courses through Visions allows you to get introduced to our department and the field of public health and the courses can still count toward your degree. We recommend that students in the Visions program take either HEA 601 and / HEA 604 in the fall and then either HEA 602 and / or HEA 645 in the spring. You can count 3 courses taken through Visions toward your MPH degree. Note that this won’t allow you to graduate any sooner. Instead, it would just lessen your course load each semester during your time here.
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