Jul 25, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalogue 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalogue Archived Catalogue

Special Academic Centers


Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics - CESTEM


The Center for Education in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics - CESTEM - (formerly the Science and Mathematics Education Center - SMEC) at UNCW is committed to regional service and endeavors to stimulate teachers’ intellectual curiosity and increase exposure to current technology. The center is responsible for the identification, development, delivery, and evaluation of K-16 professional development programming in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). CESTEM applies the resources of UNC Wilmington to improve the teaching and learning of STEM disciplines in the K-16 schools of southeastern North Carolina. The center, working with faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Watson College of Education, offers a range of professional development programs in the areas of STEM for in-service elementary-, middle-, and high-school teachers. Through center-sponsored seminars, workshops, and courses, teachers can renew licensure in science, mathematics, and technology.

CESTEM operates the Technology Loan Program (TLP), a program that lends science and technology materials and other resources to regional K-16 teachers for their classrooms. CESTEM also hosts the Southeast Regional Science & Engineering Fair, the Wilmington Regional SeaPerch Competition, and the Wilmington Regional Science Olympiad Tournament annually.

Contact CESTEM at 962-3168 for more information on programs.

Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship


The mission of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to be a catalyst for entrepreneurship at UNCW and entrepreneurial growth in Southeastern North Carolina by linking together emerging and high-growth ventures, students, entrepreneurs, UNCW faculty and staff, and relevant support organizations to create business growth, educational opportunities, research, internships and jobs, as well as innovation.

Center for Marine Science


The Center for Marine Science (CMS) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is dedicated to interdisciplinary approaches to answering questions in basic marine research. The mission of the center is to promote basic and applied research in the fields of oceanography, coastal and estuarine studies, marine biotechnology and aquaculture, marine biology, marine chemistry, and marine geology. Faculty from 11 departments with teaching and/or research interests related to the marine sciences participate in this program; including marine science researchers in the Departments of Biology and Marine Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Geography and Geology, Environmental Sciences, and Physics and Physical Oceanography. Center faculty serve on regional, national and international research and policy advisory groups and thereby contribute to the development of agendas on marine research in the United States and the world. International interactions with labs in Europe, North America, South America, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Africa, Bermuda, the Bahamas and Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and all regions of the coastal United States augment extensive programs addressing North Carolina coastal issues. By integrating these advisory functions with research programs of the highest quality, CMS enhances the educational experience provided by the University of North Carolina Wilmington for both undergraduate and graduate students in marine science.

The Center for Marine Science occupies a research and education facility located six miles from the main campus on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, providing support for coastal and marine science efforts throughout UNCW. The modern marine science center at Myrtle Grove has a total of 181,000 square feet of net indoor space including: a new 69,000 square foot marine biotechnology building and 12,000 square foot shellfish research hatchery, group meeting facilities for up to 150 individuals; fully equipped research laboratories, classrooms, and marine science laboratories; a greenhouse with running seawater; a radioisotope laboratory; computer workrooms, cold rooms, and walk-in freezers; temperature controlled rooms; autoclave and media preparation room; darkroom; chemical storage and balance rooms; fireproof vault for data storage; clean room; central analytic facility; sample processing rooms; aquarium room with running seawater; 7,200 gallon oceanographic test tank with electric overhead hoist; indoor storage; outdoor storage; shower/locker facilities; and outdoor facility for tanks with running sea water.

Core facilities include: nutrient analysis; DNA sequencing; oceanographic instrumentation; running seawater systems; and high-field NMR and stable isotope ratio mass spectroscopy. The seawater system provides raw, filtered, and purified seawater, tank farm services, and aquarium room services. The location of the center provides easy access to regional marine environments such as: tidal marshes/mud flats/sand flats/oyster reefs; tidal creeks; barrier islands and tidal inlets; the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway; near shore marine environments; the Gulf Stream; hard bottom communities; sand dunes and maritime forests; and both highly developed and minimally developed estuarine environments. A 770-foot pier with docking facilities for several coastal research vessels is in place on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The center maintains 22 research vessels ranging in size from sixteen to sixty-eight feet as well as specialized equipment for offshore and nearshore/estuarine sampling and observation.

The Center for Marine Science serves as host for: the Coastal Ocean Research and Monitoring Program (CORMP); the Undersea Vehicles Program; an Extension Office for North Carolina Sea Grant; the Marine Mammal Stranding Network; the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve; and UNCW’s Marine Quest Program, an extensive community outreach program for public schools and adult education.

The H. David & Diane Swain Center for Business and Economic Services


The Center for Business and Economic Services in the Cameron School of Business at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is the business research/extension division in the business school. The center’s staff provides research services as well as technical assistance in regional economic development. In addition, the center creates and administers seminars and other professional education programs to assist individuals and organizations in developing their managerial, technical, and personal capabilities.

The Office of Continuing and Professional Education

Continuing and Professional Education offers a variety of non-credit courses and training opportunities for adult learners and organizations, including:

For more information, please contact Diane Badakhsh, Director of Continuing and Professional Education in the Office of Community Engagement via email (UNCWProfessionalEducation@uncw.edu) or telephone at 910-962-2762.

Distance Education Programs

The Division of Academic Affairs administers the University’s distance education academic programs through the Office of Distance Education. The University operates the following undergraduate and graduate degree programs at the UNCW@Onslow or through UNCW Online:

Licensure Programs

  • Academically and Intellectually Gifted (online)
  • Curriculum Studies for Equity in Education (online)
  • Math (online)
  • School Administration (online)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (online)

Graduate Programs

  • M.S. Business Analytics (online)
  • M.S. Chemistry (online)
  • M.S. Clinical Research and Product Development (online)
  • M.A. Conflict Management and Resolution (online)
  • M.S. Finance & Investment Management (online)
  • M.Ed. Curriculum Studies for Equity in Education Specialization (online)
  • M.Ed. Elementary Education (online)
  • M.Ed. Higher Education (online)
  • M.A. History Educators (online)
  • M.A. Language and Literacy (online)
  • M.Ed. Leadership, Policy, and Advocacy (online)
  • M.Ed. Physical Education and Health (online)
  • M.Ed. Teaching English as a Second Language (online)
  • M.S. Instructional Technology (online)
  • M.S. Evaluation and Organizational Learning (online)
  • M.A. Integrated Marketing Communication (online)
  • M.A. Liberal Studies (online)
  • M.A. History Educators (online)
  • M.A. Spanish (online)
  • M.A.T. Teaching English as a Second Language (online)
  • M.A.T. Middle Grades (online)
  • M.A.T. Physical and Health Education (online)
  • M.A.T. Secondary Education (online)
  • M.B.A. Business Administration (online)
  • M.H.A. Healthcare Administration (online)
  • M.P.A. Public Administration (online)
  • M.S.A. Master of School Administration (online)
  • M.S.N. Nurse Educator (online)
  • DNP Doctor of Nursing Practice (online)
  • Ed.D Educational Leadership in Curriculum and Instruction (online)
  • Ed.D Educational Leadership in Educational Administration (online)
  • Ed.D Educational Leadership in Higher Education (online)

Certificate Programs

  • Business Foundations (online)
  • Clinical Reseach and Operations (online)
  • College Teaching and Learning (online)
  • Conflict Management and Resolution (online)
  • eSports Performance, Management, and Leadership (online)
  • Evaluation (online)
  • Forensic Science (online)
  • Liberal Studies (online)
  • Instructional Technology Specialist (online)
  • Multimedia and Instructional Web Development (online)
  • Science and Medical Writing (online)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language Clinical Residency (online)


UNCW@Onslow courses are scheduled on the Coastal Carolina Community College campus or at the Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune John A. Lejeune Education Center.

Undergraduate applications for admission are received by the Undergraduate Office of Admissions (https://uncw.edu/admissions/transfer.html) and graduate applications for admission are received by the Graduate School (https://uncw.edu/gradschool/admissions/index.html).

Information concerning all Distance Education programs and courses may be obtained by contacting the Office of Distance Education at UNCW, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403-5689; phone (910) 962-2807 or online at the Distance Education website https://uncw.edu/dl/about.html.

International Programs

Michael Wilhelm, associate vice chancellor for international programs

The Office of International Programs is comprised of three units:  Education Abroad, English Language Center, and the Office of International Students & Scholars. 

Education Abroad

UNCW offers more than 800 education abroad opportunities in more than 50 countries. UNCW provides education abroad opportunities to suit nearly every major and credit earned through international programs may be applied towards a UNCW degree.  Financial aid may be used in conjunction with education abroad programs and scholarships are available.  Students may select from short-term and summer programs, as well as semester, year-long and two-year dual degree options.

All applications for any credit-bearing program or activities abroad must be made through the Office of International Programs. 

UNCW students who study abroad retain their active UNCW student status and will not have to reenroll upon return.

Eligibility requirements include:

  1. Degree-seeking status
  2. Good disciplinary standing
  3. 2.5+ cumulative grade point average
  4. Sophomore+ status (select programs are open to first-year students)
  5. Any program-specific requirements

Further information is available at https://uncw.edu/international/abroad/

English Language Center

UNCW’s ELC curriculum focuses on all areas of language acquisition: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar/structure, test preparation, pronunciation, and American culture. This intensive immersion program emphasizes Academic preparation, and by using a communicative approach that is student-centered, all language skills are enhanced. Students receive 20 hours of instruction per week. UNCW’s Conditional Admission policy allows students who wish to start a degree to transition smoothly into degree programs once they have completed the highest level of the ELC program successfully. The ELC Program is best suited for students who have at least a basic foundation of English.

Further information is available at: http://uncw.edu/international/esl/

Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS)

The Office of International Students & Scholars fosters globalization at UNCW by recruiting, admitting, welcoming, advising, supporting, engaging, and advocating for UNCW’s community of international students and scholars. OISS builds partnerships with overseas partners to attract international students to UNCW and fosters relationships with advisers, counsellors, agents, and governmental agencies to increase the international student and scholar population on campus.  OISS provides transition support that addresses the unique needs of international students and scholars; ensures institutional compliance with federal immigration regulations for foreign students, visiting scholars, and employees on our visa sponsorship (F, J, H, and LPR); coordinates events and programs that engage international students with the broader community to promote a global culture throughout our campus; and serves the broader campus community in an administrative and advisory capacity.

Further information is available at: http://uncw.edu/international/isss/

Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC)


The Small Business and Technology Development Center is a business development service of The University of North Carolina system that provides management counseling and education services to small and mid-sized businesses in all of North Carolina’s 100 counties. The SBTDC at UNCW provides services in New Hanover, Pender, Onslow, Duplin, Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties. The center helps established firms, high-growth companies and start-up businesses meet today’s challenges, manage change, and plan for the future.

Services are well defined and are designed to meet clients’ needs:

  • Management Counseling – The center helps businesses with financing, marketing, human resources, operations, business planning, and feasibility assessment.
  • Management Education Services – The SBTDC also provides targeted, research-based educational products that are focused on change management, strategic performance, and leadership development for management team, employees, and board members.
  • In addition, it offers specialized market development assistance in:
    • government procurement
    • international export financing
    • marine trades services
    • technology development and commercialization.

For those thinking about starting a business, the SBTDC at UNCW offers a Pre-Venture Orientation (PVO) program on a regular basis. This two-hour class offers an excellent overview of the first steps in starting a business, obtaining financing and business planning. There is no fee to attend the program.

For more information, call the SBTDC at UNCW at (910) 962-3744 or visit our Web site at www.sbtdc.org/offices/uncw/.