A number of professional schools at UNC offer undergraduate majors which require a secondary admissions process. Interested students should complete prerequisite coursework and most or all (depending on the major) general education requirements during the first four semesters. Below is a list of UNC’s Professional Schools, application-based majors, and corresponding resources related to application and admissions, open houses, and general resources.

Planning For Professional School Admission

If you are planning to apply to a professional school, it is important to have at least one alternate major in mind that does not require admission. An appointment with an academic advisor is a good place to start to identify majors that might align well with your interests and goals.

Remember some of the professional schools have multiple possible enrollment dates. Many of the professional schools also offer graduate degrees, so if your goal of entering the professional school as an undergraduate is not possible, you can consider applying for a graduate-level program.

When planning to apply for a professional school major, be sure you understand what prerequisites are required and when (and in what order) they should be taken, since many are sequenced.

Advising For Professional School Students

Once admitted, students are assigned an advisor in the professional school and will need to see that person for all advising needs, including dropping and adding courses, changing or adding a major and/or minor, and other administrative matters.

If a professional school student wishes to add a minor or second major that is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, they must start the process with their professional school. The student can then receive academic advising for their second major or minor from our office (the Academic Advising Program). Ultimately, the professional school will clear the student for graduation.

Application Preparation

Personal Statement
References and Letters of Recommendation

Professional Schools

Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Application and admissions
    • Admission is based on prerequisite courses, grades, a written application, interviews, and letters of recommendation
    • Cumulative GPA must be 2.0 or higher
    • Application deadline: second Tuesday in January
    • Application Instructions: The application will be available in October. Students should log in to the ConnectCarolina Student Center. In the “other academic” drop-down menu, select “Apply for Change of Major”. Once students complete and submit this request, they will receive an email with instructions for completing the actual application. Download the CLS Supplemental Form to upload with your application
    • Will allow study beyond the eighth semester (please note the University’s tuition surcharge policy)
  • Prerequisite Coursework
  • Recommendations:
    • Students are encouraged to begin the application process early in the fall preceding the year of enrollment; applications are available in October
    • CHEM 261 and BIOL 252/L are recommended for students who have the time, but they are not required
Dental Hygiene
  • UNC Best
  • Music Education
  • Combined BA/MAT program
    • Program information: The new Bachelor’s/Master’s model replaces the School’s undergraduate programs in child development and family studies, elementary education, and middle grades education.
    • How to apply: Applications for early affiliation are taken each semester. To apply for early affiliation with the MAT students must be in good academic standing and have a 3.0 GPA at the University level. Students can begin to apply for the MAT program starting in spring 2017.
Information and Library Science
Media and Journalism
  • Admission:
    • Current UNC students do not formally apply to become Media and Journalism majors, with the exception of Business Journalism, which does have an application. For all other concentrations, a student needs to have a 3.1 GPA, achieve 45 credit hours and be pre-declared Media & Journalism and they will automatically switch to the Media & Journalism school.
  • Application and admissions

    • The admissions committee critically evaluates each applicant’s academic performance, descriptive essays, community service history, and special skills and abilities that have the potential to affect care delivery or contribute overall to the nursing profession.
    • 2.8 minimum cumulative GPA
    • First degree applicants must complete ALL General Education requirements prior to starting the Nursing Program in May.
    • Will allow study beyond the eighth semester (please note the University’s tuition surcharge policy)
  • Prerequisite coursework
  • Open Houses
    • All sessions are held in Fox Auditorium in Carrington Hall. Parking is available in nearby surface lots (for example, behind the School of Pharmacy) as well as in the Dogwood Parking Deck (UNC Hospitals Visitor Parking) and the Bell Tower Parking Deck (after 5 pm).
      • Thursday, December 8, 2016 5:30 – 7:30 pm
      • Thursday, March 9, 2017 5:30 – 7:30 pm
      • Thursday, June 8, 2017 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Public Health
Radiologic Science
  • Application and admissions
    • Cumulative GPA must be 2.5 or higher
    • Students should contact the Division of Radiologic Science in the fall semester preceding anticipated enrollment to receive admissions information.
    • The Division of Radiologic Science uses three admissions review cycles to admit approximately twenty (20) students to the Medical Imaging curriculum. Eligible students who are not selected during the first admissions review period will be reviewed automatically for admission during subsequent admissions review periods.
    • Will allow study beyond the eighth semester (please note the University’s tuition surcharge policy)
  • Prerequisite coursework 
  • Recommendations
    • Students are recommended to take CHEM 102 and CHEM 102 Lab or BIOC 108 – depends on which initial course students took as a prerequisite requirement. Students also recommended to take STOR 151 or 155.
  • Application and admissions

    • Deadlines
      • July, 2016: PharmCAS and Supplemental Applications open
      • December 1, 2016: Deadline for submission of PharmCAS
      • January 15, 2017: Deadline for submission of supplemental application
      • November 2016–February, 2017: Interviews scheduled and admission decisions made
      • April 1, 2017: All admission decisions complete
    • Will allow study beyond the eighth semester (please note the University’s tuition surcharge policy)
  • Prerequisite coursework
  • Events for prospective students
    • Pharmacy Fridays, September 9, 23, October 28, November 18, 2-3:15 pm
    • Asheville Campus Open House, September 19, 5:30-7 pm
    • Chapel Hill Campus Open House, October 10, 5:30-7 pm

Other Application-Based Majors

Biomedical and Health Sciences Engineering

  • Admission and Prerequisite Coursework: Students may declare the Biomedical and Health Sciences Engineering (BMHE) major as early as their first year. However, students who wish to continue in this major must apply for admission to the program. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the program. Students who are not accepted to the program must select a different major. Please note that students who enrolled at UNC prior to fall 2016 do not have to go through this admissions process. For these students, when you declared your major in BMHE, you were admitted to the program as a rising sophomore.
    • Students are encouraged to apply during the first year (fall, spring, or summer).
    • Rising juniors may also apply, but admission to rising juniors will only be granted on a limited basis if space is available.
  • Application Windows:
    • Fall semester: October 1-December 1 (% of total class admitted during this window: 15%)
    • Spring semester: January 1-May 1 (% of total class admitted during this window: 80%)
    • Summer Term: June 1-30 (% of total class admitted during this window: 5%)