University of North Carolina Wilmington


About UNCW

A Vision Founded on UNCW Values

UNCW's vision is built on the university's deepest values. This vision reflects our hopes, dreams and expectations, but it is also designed to help UNCW face great challenges and opportunities in the years to come.

The university's strength lies in three enduring values:

  • A commitment to the journey of learning
  • A love of place and
  • An unshakable conviction in the power of ideas and innovation

Commitment to the Journey

UNCW has always emphasized students' journeys to inquire and discover, and through those processes, to better themselves and their communities. Our deepest and most sustaining value is our fundamental commitment to this journey. The university further strengthens these journeys through its time-honored focus on the collaboration of students and faculty in research and scholarship.

Love of Place

Our vision for the future must include a strong sense of place. To be a national and global leader in demonstrating how universities can serve their regions, we must come to understand and embrace the importance of our coastal location between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River.

As North Carolina's coastal university, UNCW must utilize its location to explore modern questions related to commerce, human health, nutrition, the environment and social and cultural dynamics. There is no complete understanding of human history, the human condition or literature and music and art in the absence of the sea.

The Power of Ideas and Innovation

Our faculty, staff and students are inventing the future by embracing a culture of innovation. Creating this culture will involve examining traditions, taking risks, making difficult choices and accepting and learning from failure.

The university's innovative culture is built on UNCW's educational philosophy, which is rooted squarely in the liberal arts and sciences. Our ideals of inquiry, comparison, critical thinking and creativity are the perfect garden of invention.


The university is organized into the following academic units:

  • Cameron School of Business
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Health and Human Services
  • Graduate School
  • Watson College of Education

Degrees offered include:

  • 55 bachelor's degrees offered in 49 majors
  • 42 master degree programs
  • Ph.D. in marine biology
  • Ed.D. in educational leadership and administration

Our Mission

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Our commitment to student engagement, creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression, and responsible citizenship is expressed in our baccalaureate and masters’ programs, as well as doctoral programs in areas of expertise that serve state needs. Our culture reflects our values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation.

SACS Accredited

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga., 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of UNC Wilmington.


Seahawk Points of Pride

  • The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW), located in the historic port city of Wilmington, has been part of the UNC system since 1969. Widely acknowledged for its superb faculty and staff, and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry, critical thinking, thoughtful expression and responsible citizenship.
  • UNCW, a public institution with more than 14,000 students, offers an array of high-quality programs at the baccalaureate and master's levels as well as select doctoral programs. UNCW offers a number of distance learning options, including an accelerated R.N.-to-B.S.N. program, taught exclusively online, that is specifically structured for working professionals. See academics for more information about the university's educational programs.
  • The university also operates extension sites in several regional counties. UNCW, recognized nationally as a military-friendly university, works closely with Coastal Carolina Community College, Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) New River to offer programs designed for military personnel and their families.
  • UNCW has the top transfer student graduation rate in the University of North Carolina system as well as one of the leading four-year graduation rates.
  • In December 2013, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) reaffirmed the University of North Carolina Wilmington's reaccreditation, which will remain in effect until the next review in 2023. UNCW's review from SACS requires no additional reporting requirements, an accomplishment that only an average of 35 percent of universities achieve.
  • UNCW's faculty has created a multi-disciplinary, applied learning model - known as ETEAL (Experiencing Transformative Education through Applied Learning) - that incorporates internships, study abroad, community-based projects, research, directed independent study options and other educational opportunities. ETEAL inspires students to focus on creative inquiry, critical thinking skills, and written and verbal communication.
  • UNCW and Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) created a total of $1.2 billion in added regional income for fiscal year 2012-13, according to analysis from Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). Assessing each campus's impact on the regional economy, EMSI analyzed payroll and operations spending, construction spending, and the spending of students, visitors, alumni and start-up companies.
  • According to Moody's Investor Service, UNCW's market strength, sustained enrollment growth, healthy financial operations and track record of state support contributed to its April 2015 decision to affirm the existing A1 underlying rating on UNCW's General Revenue Bonds and the A2 rating on the university's Certificates of Participation. The credit rating agency also assigned an A2 rating to UNCW's proposed Refunding Limited Obligation Bonds.
  • When evaluating sponsored research, UNCW is included in the top tier of master's institutions in the UNC system. The university's R&D expenditures per full-time equivalency (FTE) faculty ranks fourth in the system.
  • The university incorporates diversity and inclusion, global perspectives and community engagement into its programs. UNCW has formed numerous partnerships with schools, governmental agencies and nonprofits that provide students with internships, volunteer opportunities and research experiences. In February 2015, the Peace Corps recognized UNCW as one of the nation's top volunteer-producing colleges and universities.
  • UNCW frequently receives national recognition for quality and affordability from Kiplinger's Personal Finance, U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review and other publications. For example, UNCW was recognized by Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine as one of the "Best Public College Values in 2015." UNCW also maintained its top 10 ranking as one of the "Best Public Institutions in the South" on U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges" rankings. In addition, U.S. News recognized UNCW for having one of the "Best Online Programs for Veterans," ranking the university number 22 on that list. U.S. News also named UNCW one of the most efficient universities in the nation. Affordable Colleges Online ranked UNCW first among the best online colleges in North Carolina for 2015.
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Master of Science in Computer Science Information Systems

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The Information Systems & Operations Management department from the Cameron School of Business and the Computer Science department from the College of Arts and Sciences began the Master of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems in Fall 2005. [+]

A unique master's degree merging technology and business The Information Systems & Operations Management department from the Cameron School of Business and the Computer Science department from the College of Arts and Sciences began the Master of Science in Computer Science and Information Systems in Fall 2005. The MSCSIS is an intensive graduate program aimed at preparing the student to take on leadership roles in the development and implementation of computer and information systems. The curriculum requires 36 semester hours. There are six required core courses providing a mix of theoretical underpinning, technical skills and information technology perspectives. Students can choose elective courses to provide opportunity for additional study in a variety of areas. The program culminates with a capstone experience that can be an integrative project or a thesis. Experienced professionals and undergraduates from both disciplines will enable significant classroom sharing of real world and theoretical knowledge. The MSCSIS degree is part of the Professional Science Master's (PSM) Program, new graduate degrees designed to allow students to pursue advanced training in science or mathematics, while simultaneously developing workplace skills highly valued by employers. Advanced Study Areas For the MSCSIS degree, students are free to choose any advanced study area of interest for their Capstone focus. Past areas of advanced study include, but are not limited to: Biometrics Information Security Mobile Development Natural Language Processing Project Management Software Development Top Ten Reasons to come to UNC Wilmington for the MS CSIS Program The Jobs placement is 100% 3 months from graduation students often have offers months in advance of graduation The Location Wilmington is a popular tourist destination numerous beaches within minutes of campus It's NOT online learn from actual professors in labs and classrooms! work with people, not alone The Faculty experts in their fields Knowledgeable about both theory and practice Enjoy teaching, especially graduate students! The Staff The graduate programs office is there to help friendly assistance The Students students from across the U.S. and abroad collegial people who work together Top 10 University in the South beautiful neo-Georgian architecture of UNC Wilmington CIS building houses modern technology, classrooms, offices It's a Professional Science Masters Degree Combines business and technology active professional advisory board The Value UNCW Tuition is low, (even out-of-state) Starting salaries are high (on average $70000) this past academic year, all students who desired a graduate assistantship received one scholarships and financial aid The Endorsements of Alumni "It's a wonderful program that made a huge impact on my life. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat!" "I would highly recommend it to those looking for a graduate degree program. The program offers a relevant set of core courses while allowing students to concentrate in areas of interest through electives. My current role as a software engineer is a direct result of my completion of the program. Concepts and principals I learned in course study are applied daily." "The mix of computer science theory and software devepment principals makes grads a strong asset to any tech company." " It's definitely worth your time and tuition to enroll in the MS CSIS program at UNC Wilmington." MS CSIS Faculty The uniqueness of the MS CSIS program merges faculty from two different disciplines to give you the technology, science and business skills you need to thrive in the global economy. Both departments are housed in the Computer Information Systems Building to enable the interaction of projects and ideas. Computer Science Faculty The Department of Computer Science is a community of scholars dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship, research, and service. It strives for excellence in teaching and offers a modern curriculum leading to an undergraduate degree in computer science. It considers the use of experiential education, including project-based software development and internships, to be essential for effective learning. The department is committed to preparing its students for careers in the emerging knowledge-based economy and helping them become life-long learners. Information Systems Faculty The department offers courses in information systems, operations and production management, statistics and management science. The mix is unique, combining quantitative methods and analytical approaches to solving problems in all areas of a business utilizing current technology. ISOM faculty are young and progressive, with more than 50 percent of our faculty receiving their Ph.D.'s in the past 10 years. IS concentrations require innovative faculty who stay current in their fields. MS CSIS Curriculum The MS CSIS program requires a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate study. This includes six required core courses (18 hours) providing a mix of theoretical underpinning, technical skills, and information technology perspectives and elective courses (12 to 15 hours) that provide the opportunity for additional study in a variety of areas to be determined by the student and his/her advisory committee. A research project (3 hours), or a thesis (6 hours), will serve as the capstone experience. Students can complete the degree as a full-time student or a part-time student. Full-time students can expect to complete the MS CSIS degree in two years and part-time students can expect to complete the degree in as few as three years. MS CSIS Admission Information Applicants seeking admission to the MS CSIS graduate program are required to submit the following to the UNCW Graduate School: An official application for graduate admissions Official transcripts of all college work (graduate and undergraduate). Note that if you attended UNCW, you do not have to request UNCW transcripts. Official test scores: Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE). TOEFL (560 points) or IELTS (6.5 points) (required for non-native English speakers) Three letters of recommendation by individuals who can comment on the applicant's potential for successfully completing of a master's degree program. (Only recommendations submitted as part of the on-line application process will be accepted) Certificates of training in computer science/information systems if applicable Applicant’s resume Letter of interest. The letter of interest should include a description of your goals in pursuing a graduate degree and the area of specialization that is of the most interest to you. A non refundable application fee of $60.00 International applicants must also complete international student forms (found on the application web site) and must provide proof of financial support Graduate assistantships and scholarships are available and are awarded on a competitive basis upon acceptance to the program. Application Deadlines June 1 for fall admission (March 1 for financial assistance) November 1 for spring admission Applicants are encouraged to apply early. Admission to the graduate program is competitive, and not all applicants may be admitted to the program. [-]


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