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:

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