International Applicants


Official GRE or GMAT exam scores are required for all applicants to the HIA Master's degree.  The test score requirement can be waived if an applicant holds a degree from an accredited U.S. institution of higher education  (minimum 3.0 GPA), or a terminal degree (Ph.D., JD, or MD). 


Official TOEFL, Duolingo, or ELTS exam scores are required for all applicants whose native language is not English.  A minimum TOEFL score of 83 or minimum IELTS overall band score of 6.5 is required.  Applicants can request a test waiver if they have earned a degree from an accredited U.S. institution.  International applicants should refer to the International Admissions website for deadlines and additional admissions information.

Three-Year Bachelor's Degrees

International applicants who have earned three-year bachelor's degrees are required to submit a "foreign credential evaluation" along with their supplemental application requirement. Such evaluation must be performed by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), for example, the World Education Services (WES) ( Either a document-to-document or a course-by-course foreign credential evaluation meets this requirement. UNC Charlotte will consider such agency's assessment as to whether the academic credential earned is, or is not, equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree as well as its recalculation of grades. A listing of other NACES members is available here.

Foreign Credential Evaluations

Foreign Credential Evaluations are not required for traditional four years degrees earned outside the United States unless otherwise requested once your application is processed.  While not required, a WES or NACES evaluation is strongly encouraged by the admissions committee. These evaluations provide more detail and grant a generic baseline, allowing for the admissions committee to better review international applications particularly for institutions that do not use a 4.0 scale.