Early Entry

About the Program

Exceptional undergraduate students at Charlotte may apply to the Early Entry Program to begin work toward a graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree.

Catalog Information

  • Loading…

Early Entry Program Brochure (Downloadable PDF)

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of at least 75 earned undergraduate credit hours applicable to the B.S.M.E. degree
  • Minimum 3.2 overall undergraduate GPA
  • Acceptable scores on the GRE (Exceptional undergraduate students with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above may receive an automatic waiver of the GRE requirement)
  • Submit application online at https://gradadmissions.charlotte.edu/apply and provide supporting documents (refer to https://gradadmissions.charlotte.edu/apply/application-requirements)
  • Recommendation by the Graduate Program Director and approval by The Graduate School

Continued Enrollment Requirements

  • Completion of Early Entry Program Form prior to registering for graduate coursework each semester
  • Maintain a minimum 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA
  • Undergraduate students are allowed to take only 15 hours of graduate credit before they have completed their baccalaureate degree

How to Complete the Early Entry Program Form (Academic Petition)

  1. Log into the Academic Petition system with your NinerNet credentials.
  2. Click the blue button, “Start a New Petition”.
  3. Select the petition level, “Graduate”.
  4. Select the petition type, “Early Entry” and click the blue “Continue” button.
  5. The next screen displays the petition form. Here you will list the graduate courses you intend to take and specify which you plan to double count toward your undergraduate degree.
  6. Check that the correct degree program is selected, “Mechanical Engineering-MSME”.
  7. Choose the graduate-level course you plan to enroll in and then note the DegreeWorks section the course should go in, ex. MEGR 7175 –> Mathematics Requirements, then note whether the course will count as “Graduate Only” or “Graduate & Undergraduate”.
  8. Refer to the following Early Entry course reference guide (coming soon).
  9. Add additional courses, if you plan to take them that semester, repeating steps 7 and 8.
  10. Additional documentation is not necessary or required.
  11. Click the blue button, “Submit Petition”.