Graduate Programs

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Graduate Programs


Graduate Education is committed to the mission of Elizabeth City State University. Quality graduate degree programs are designed to meet the needs of the citizens of Northeastern North Carolina, the State, the Nation and the Global Community. Dedicated faculty and staff prepare students in a challenging, supportive, highly technical environment to compete and excel in a technologically advanced society for the Twenty-First Century Global Economy.


The vision of Graduate Education at Elizabeth City State University is to provide students with the advanced knowledge and skills, utilizing innovative technologies, that will secure the future intellectual leadership in the knowledge economy. Our students will serve as leaders in Northeastern North Carolina, the State, the Nation and the Global Community.

Student Program Outcomes

  • To develop an understanding of research methodology and the application of research findings to advance knowledge;
  • To develop the ability to master and utilize discipline-appropriate skills in a problem solving environment;
  • To develop skills, knowledge and experience necessary for professional employment and growth; and
  • To develop the ability to communicate effectively in ways which are appropriate to a given discipline or field.

The policies, rules and regulations provided in the website are an abbreviated version. Please view Elizabeth City State University's official Policies and Procedures Manual and/or other full print documents.

Department of Natural Sciences

Chair:  Dr. Eyualem Abebe

Master of Science in Biology
Applied Biology


Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering Technology

Chair:  Dr. Kenneth Jones

Master of Science in Mathematics 
Applied Mathematics
Community College Teaching
Remote Sensing, and Education 


Department of Education

Chair:  Dr. Shelia Williams

Master of Education in Elementary Education (100% Online)

Initial Certification and Teacher Leadership
Master of School Administration

Qualified graduates of accredited colleges and universities are eligible to seek admission to graduate level degree programs at Elizabeth City State Unniversity.  Applications are received on the basis of qualifications, without regard to sex, age, race, or religion.  The completed application packet must be received by the Office of Graduate Education by the dates below to ensure that an admision decision is made prior to the start of classes for the following semesters:

  • Amission for Spring Semester: November 15
  • Admission for Summer Semester : March 15
  • Admission for Fall Semester: July 1

All graduate application fees are a minimum of thirty (30) dollars, in U.S. currency. This fee is nonrefundable. Transcripts and other credentials become the property of the university and must remain on file in the appropriate offices. It is the policy of the Office of Graduate Education to respond only to written inquiries from applicants regarding the status of the application.

Admission to pursue graduate study at Elizabeth City State University is accomplished in two steps: one, by admission to the university and two, by admission to a selected program.

International Applicants

Applicants from non-English-speaking nations must provide evidence of proficiency in the English language with their application for admission to Elizabeth City State University. An acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is required. Some degree programs may have additional requirements. Each student must submit an official English translation of all transcripts. All documents must be sent to the Office of Graduate Education six months prior to the date of the first day of classes of the intended semester of enrollment. Applicants must meet current U.S. Immigration standards, which may include completing the Financial Guarantee Form.

Admission to Elizabeth City State University

Admissions regulations governing graduate level studies at Elizabeth City State University are classified as Unconditional General Admission, Conditional General Admission, and Special Student Admission. General regulations apply to all students regardless of degree program and admission status.

The application may be completed online at

Graduate Admission to Elizabeth City State University means only that the student will be permitted to enroll in courses at the graduate level. It does not necessarily imply that he/she will be admitted to a selected program leading to an advanced degree.

Admission Requirements

Unconditional General Admission*

A student must satisfy the following criteria for unconditional admission:

  • An earned Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university**
  • Minimum, overall undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 Scale) or a 3.0 average for the last four semesters (60 credit hours) of study for the bachelor’s degree **
  • A completed and signed application**
  • A $30.00 application fee must accompany the application for admission and is not refundable. Certified checks or money orders should be made payable to Elizabeth City State University**
  • Two official transcripts, in sealed envelopes sent directly from each college and university previously (and official transcripts from all other graduate study)**
  • Three Graduate Recommendation Forms from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant’s abilities to pursue graduate study in the proposed academic discipline**
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) recommended but not required
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS), if applicable
  • Completed Financial Guarantee Form, if applicable
  • Completed NC Residency Form, if applicable
  • Completed Health Form**

** Required

Special Student

Graduate Special Student Admission is a temporary designation for persons who wish to take licensure renewal, transfer credits to another institution, take courses for personal satisfaction, or for those with incomplete Graduate Application Packets.

For those students with incomplete Graduate Application Packets, this classification terminates on the date the student completes their application file and is admitted to a specific graduate program.

For Special Student Admission, apply online at

Elizabeth City State University is now accepting applications for its graduate programs. Program offerings include:

  • Master of School Administration
  • 100% Online: Master of Education in Elementary Education with Concentrations in Initial Certification and Teacher Leadership
  • Master of Science in Mathematics with Concentrations in Applied Mathematics, Remote Sensing, Community College Teaching, and Mathematics Education
  • Master of Science in Biology with a Concentration in Biological Sciences and Biology Education

The ECSU tuition and fee schedule can be found on the ECSU website.

Course offerings are available in the evenings and online to accommodate students who work full-time. Courses are also offered in summer school.

Qualified graduates of accredited colleges and universities are eligible to seek admission to graduate education programs at Elizabeth City State University. Admission to pursue graduate study is accomplished in two steps: one, by admission to the university through the Office of Graduate Education and two, by admission to a selected program through the appropriate school and major department.

Elizabeth City State University operates on the semester system. Courses numbered 500 or higher can be counted toward completion of the graduate degree. The fall and spring semesters are approximately fifteen weeks each. Enrollment during the fall and spring semesters is required. Failure to have continued enrollment during fall and spring will require a candidate to complete a Request for Readmission form from the Registrar's Office. The summer school consists of two five week sessions and one ten week session.

Request more information on the Graduate Education program at ECSU

Advisors for current students are assigned through the department or area in which the student is enrolled. The Director of Admissions notifies each student of his/her advisor in the initial admissions letter.

Each student must complete a program of study during the first semester. The program of study is planned by the student in consultation with the department or area advisor. It is the student's responsibility to follow the program of study.

Students enrolled for nine (9) or more credit hours during a regular semester and six (6) or more credit hours during each of the two summer sessions are classified as full-time students.


In order to be awarded a master's degree, each student must:

  • Complete the minimum semester hours of graduate credit applicable to the program.
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Successfully complete a minimum of 24 semester hours of credit in residence on the campus of Elizabeth City State University and a minimum total of 30 credit hours.
  • Meet all other requirements for a master's degree in the major department and the Office of Graduate Education.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete a Graduate Application for Graduation
  • Complete an exit interview with the major department graduate program coordinator to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the master's program
  • Register with Alumni Affairs
  • Submit required Thesis/Product of Learning to major department and Office of Graduate Education
  • Complete required Financial Aid exit counseling, if applicable.


A minimum of 30 semester hours required for the master's degree must be earned in residence study at the University. No more than six (6) credit hours may be transferred from other institutions (See Office of Graduate Education). Those credit hours must be at the graduate level, as defined and approved by Elizabeth City State University and, in depth and breadth, be similar in substance for one of the core courses needed for degree completion at Elizabeth City State University. Other area courses, such as specialization courses, support courses, and elective courses, may not be substituted from other institutions, colleges, and/or universities.
A graduate student seeking permission to complete courses as a transient student at other institutions of higher learning, colleges, and/or universities for subsequent transfer to their admitted degree program at Elizabeth City State University must complete and secure an approved Transient Student form. This permission must be approved prior to enrollment at the proposed transient institution, college, or university. The six (6) hour credit limit applies to transient courses, as well as transfer courses.

Residence Status for Tuition Purposes

Effective February 20, 2017, the State Education Assistance Authority (SEAA) will manage and process all residency determinations, reclassification requests, and appeals for new and continuing undergraduate and non-degree seeking students. After this date, any new or readmitting undergraduate or non-degree seeking student who would like to apply for in-state residency consideration for tuition purposes will need to apply for reclassification through the North Carolina Residency Determination Service controlled by SEAA. 

Residency Determination Service (RDS)

The purpose and mission of RDS is to provide leadership and administration of residency determinations in accordance with North Carolina residency laws and applicable federal statutes. The RDS goal is to provide students access to transparent information and the opportunity to claim NC residency in a simple, accurate and straight forward manner. For more information on residency for tuition purposes contact RDS at:

For More Information:
Phone:  919-835-2290

Toll Free Phone: 844-319-3640 
Fax: 919-835-2427


Dr. Eyualem Abebe

Professor, Mathematics & Computer Science


Dr. Hirendranath Banerjee

Professor, Natural Sciences


Dr. Kay Burks

Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator, Master of School Administration (MSA)


Dr. Farrah Ward

Provost/Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Dr. Annemarie Delgado

Director of Sponsored Programs, Contracts & Grants, Sponsored Programs


Dr. Kenneth Jones

Professor, Mathematics & Computer Science


Dr. Gloria Payne

Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs


Dr. Althea Riddick

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Registrar


Dr. Shelia Williams

Assistant Professor/Chairperson of Education, Psychology & Health/Director of Teacher Education, Teacher Education/Student Teaching


Mable Riddick

Associate Registrar


Dr. Dipendra Sengupta

Professor, Mathematics & Computer Science


Dr. Juanita Spence

Director of Library Services


Dr. Michele Wages

Assistant Professor Education


Dr. Timothy Goodale

Director of Graduate Education, Associate Professor, Education


Lyteshia Riddick

Graduate Recruiter, Graduate Education


Grace Hillard-Jones

Graduate Education, Recorder of Minutes




123 Williams Hall
1704 Weeksville Rd. | Campus Box 943 | Elizabeth City, NC 27909
Telephone: 252-335-3417 | Fax: 252.335.3554| Email:
Office Hours: M - F, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Director of Graduate Education
Grace M. Hillard-Jones
Administrative Support Associate
Graduate Recruiter