Graduate Catalogue 2023-2024

The John E. Weems Graduate School intends to adhere to the rules, regulations, policies and related statements included herein, but reserves the right to modify, alter or vary all parts of this document with appropriate notice and efforts to communicate these matters.

Meredith College does not discriminate in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school-administered programs or in access to its programs and activities on the basis of race, creed, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, gender, age or disability.

Chartered in 1891, Meredith has been educating strong students for 130 years. Our enduring commitment to innovation and fresh perspectives has allowed us to confidently expand our programs – and keeps us going strong.

At the graduate level, Meredith offers coeducational programs in business, criminal justice, education, nutrition, and psychology; post-baccalaureate certificates in business, criminal justice, criminal justice and substance use disorder, digital communication, digital media, paralegal, and pre-health; and a dietetic internship. The College’s nearly 1800 students, including approximately 300 graduate students, benefit from rigorous academics in a personalized environment with faculty and staff who are focused on helping students succeed. Every program challenges students to expand their skills, discover and build on their strengths, and advance their careers, whether seeking professional growth in their field or pursuing a career change.

Meredith’s graduate and certificate programs offer top accreditations, flexibility for working professionals, small classes and personal attention, competitive pricing, and a strong regional and national reputation. An ideal location in North Carolina’s thriving capital city and near the famed Research Triangle Park provides numerous advantages, including career, research, internship, and service opportunities for students, faculty, and staff.

Office of Graduate Programs
Park Center

Open weekdays 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Evenings by appointment
Phone: (919) 760-8423; Fax: (919) 760-2898

The John E. Weems Graduate School seeks to enroll students who will not only benefit from a particular graduate program, but who will also contribute to the classroom discussion based on their own experience. Applicants must have successfully completed a bachelor’s degree program from a regionally accredited four-year institution. Each applicant is evaluated by an admissions committee on the basis of baccalaureate-level preparation, undergraduate grade point average, standardized test scores, work experience, recommendation forms and other criteria established by the specific departments.

Each Meredith graduate student has up to six years from the time of initial enrollment in graduate-level courses to complete the requirements for the degree. Unless otherwise approved, if the requirements are not completed within six years, the student’s admission will be terminated.

Admission may be granted to a degree-seeking student who has applied for admission to one of the graduate programs, but still needs to fulfill the departmental prerequisite criteria. In this case, the student must successfully complete any prerequisites, as determined by the Program Director.

Office of Financial Assistance,
Johnson Hall
(919) 760-8565

The Office of Financial Assistance, which is located on the first floor of Johnson Hall East, is committed to working with you and your family to help guide you through the financial aid process. We strive to provide all the information and resources available in order to help you make your education affordable.

The Office of Financial Assistance administers a variety of scholarships, grants and loan programs. Any student who feels she needs assistance in order to attend Meredith College or who has questions about an award that has been received should contact the Office of Financial Assistance at or (919) 760-8565. Additional information is available on our website. Students enrolled in degree (undergraduate and graduate or certification) programs are eligible to apply for financial assistance. Although the student is expected to pay for educational expenses as completely as possible, Meredith’s student assistance program is designed to help meet the financial need of each student.

As a graduate student, you are a vital member of the Meredith College community. We hope you will take advantage of the wide range of activities and services designed to complement your academic program and help you get the most out of your Meredith experience. Some are activities that can broaden your cultural and social horizons; others are services available to help you balance your busy life, enhance your health, and optimize your educational experience. Use the Fitness Center, attend a concert or lecture, scan the bulletin boards in the Cate Center, log on to the Meredith College website, or just spend time with your classmates or family on the beautiful Meredith campus—and let us know if there is anything else we can do to help ensure that your graduate school experience is everything you want it to be.

Graduate students should consult the Graduate Student Handbook online and their program handbooks for information about Meredith College services and campus policies and procedures.