Prospective Students

Prospective Students

CRDM students come from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, and our graduates go on to successful careers in academia and industry positions. Here you will learn about our admissions process, find our application material requirements, and learn more about our program and its offerings. Please read the following information thoroughly before submitting your application.


The application deadline is January 15 for admission beginning in the upcoming fall semester of the year. We do not accept students for spring or summer admission.

The Graduate School at North Carolina State University utilizes an online ­only application process that requires you to create an Application Account. For more information on the application process, please visit The Graduate School website

For questions about the online process or if you experience any technical issues, please contact the Graduate School directly as CRDM staff cannot assist with these issues. If you have questions about academic program requirements, please, email CRDM at crdm-inquiries@ncsu.eduPlease do not email or send via post/overnight service, transcripts or other hard-copy application materials to the CRDM office unless requested.

Given the time it takes time for your application to migrate through both the Graduate School system and our program's application center, it is recommended you begin the application process at least four months prior to the deadline. Carefully prepare your materials before uploading. You should consider combining your transcript copies and writing samples into PDFs as upload options are limited. Be advised, should you delay preparation, your recommendation letters and other required application components may not arrive by our deadline. 

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Admission Requirement Highlights:

Personal Statement

Background on your studies, your goals after receiving your Ph.D. degree, and why you would like to enroll in the program.

Academic Writing Sample

Academic writing samples include articles, essays, or excerpts from longer works (like theses). Non-academic samples will be accepted under certain conditions.

Letters of Recommendation

Our online application system will request that your references upload their recommendation letters and submit evaluation forms within the system.

Curriculum Vitae

Your CV or resume should include your educational history, as well as any relevant work, publications, memberships, and services.

Unofficial Transcripts

We only require unofficial transcripts for application purposes. If you are admitted, the Graduate School will require Official Transcripts to be sent before enrollment.