3+X Accelerated Master's Degrees

Select students complete their undergraduate degree while earning credit towards a master's degree program at NC State.

students in class


The 3+X Accelerated Masters Program is a cooperative program between certain schools in China and Taiwan with NC State University. Select students from these universities enroll in graduate-level NC State courses during the fall semester which also count towards the completion of their undergraduate degree.

  • Estimated cost of attendance for an academic year.
  • The U.S. government charges visa and SEVIS fees.
  • GTI Application Fee: $100 paid at the time an application is submitted (non-refundable and non-transferable).
  • GTI Administration Fee: $500 paid during the semester at NC State (billed with tuition).

  1. Apply online at go.ncsu.edu/gti_apply at least at least 90 days before the start of the fall semester. Select the "GTE" option.
  2. Submit all supporting documents at least 60 days before the start of the semester.
  3. Pay the $100 application fee.
  4. Processing does not begin until all supporting documents are received and the application fee is paid.
  5. Processing time is typically 5-10 business days after all steps are completed by the applicant.

  • February 1: Deadline to submit complete online Graduate School application and pay necessary fees (http://www.ncsu.edu/grad/applygrad.htm) with an intended term of entry for the spring semester of next year.

    A complete graduate school application will include:

    • A personal statement
    • 3 academic recommendations (online is preferable)
    • Academic transcript(s)
    • TOEFL or IELTS scores (if already taken)
    • GRE scores (if already taken and required by program)
    • The Graduate School application fee (payment by credit card is preferable).
  • February 28: Deadline to submit complete GTI application (go.ncsu.edu/gti_apply), email all supporting documents to the gti@ncsu.edu, and pay the GTI application fee and other necessary fees.
  • March-April: Preliminary admissions decisions are due from graduate programs.
  • Late April: I-20s are issued to students.
  • July 1: Deadline to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam; if not already taken at the time of application, with an acceptable score. Students should also take the GRE (if required by the department).

(Download PDF) of key dates and deadlines.

Contact Info:
NC State Global Training Initiative (GTI)
David McNeill, david_mcneill@ncsu.edu

NC State Graduate School
Denise Wesselow, dewessel@ncsu.edu

Zhejiang University
Ms. Chen Feng, chenfeng@zju.edu.cn

Jiangnan University
Dr. Xu Changhai, changhai_xu@jiangnan.edu.cn

DHU Fashion Institute
Chen "Albert" Mengmeng, chenmengmeng8@163.com

Donghua University (Textiles)
Jing “Jessie” Huang, hj@dhu.edu.cn

Ming-Jong Yao, myaoie@gmail.com

Zhejiang Sci-Tech University
Junjun Chen, chenjunjun_hz@126.com

South China Normal University
Zhibin He (何智斌), hezhibin@m.scnu.edu.cn

Nanjing Normal University
Dr. Wenjun Cai (蔡文君), caiwenjun@njnu.edu.cn

Fall Semester at NC State

Students arrive in mid-August to attend orientation, which usually takes place the week before classes start. English language requirements will be provided to those students with scores that are below the graduate school requirement on the TOEFL or IELTS exam. The academic department advises students on which courses to take and students enroll through MyPack Portal. All 3+X students take the GTI 401 course, which provides critical training in academic preparedness and cultural adaptation.

Important Deadlines

October Begin preparing financial documents to submit to OIS for I-20 extension from GTI to the Master's program for the Spring semester. These financial documents must be submitted no later than December 1.
September 1 Deadline to submit final transcripts with the official confirmation of bachelor's degree, if you are graduating in December. If you do not plan to graduate until May, you should still submit your degree confirmation at this time or no later than February 1 of next year.
November 15 Deadline to submit new TOEFL/IELTS and/or GRE exam scores AND official/original transcripts, if you uploaded your transcript(s) at the time of application.
December 1 Deadline to submit new financial documents for I-20 extension to the Master's program.
December 10 Deadline to receive confirmation from your home University that you have met the requirements to complete and receive your bachelor's degree.