Your introduction to a graduate business degree.

Pursuing a graduate degree can be a major life decision. If you’re uncertain if you’re prepared, consider the Bryan Prelude program! This program allows individuals the opportunity to take designated graduate business courses without having to be formally admitted to a graduate business degree program at the Bryan School. You’ll complete an abbreviation application as a “visiting student” (details below), and will not need to take the GMAT or GRE.

If you decide to move forward with a graduate certificate or degree, selected courses and credits will be applied to your program.

Master's Programs

Online MBA and MBA for Experienced Professionals

These programs are designed for working professionals. Develop a broad-understanding of business and develop skills you can utilize immediately in your career. Customize the program to your lifestyle by choosing online or on campus classes.

MS in Accounting

If your undergraduate degree is not in accounting, but you are interested in the Master’s in Accounting program, you can use the Bryan Prelude program to take undergraduate-level, prerequisite coursework.

MS in Information Technology and Management

Enjoy the flexibility of online or on campus courses as you build skills to lead in the field of information technology. This program offers the ability to pursue a concentration or certificate in business analytics, cyber security, or supply chain management. Bryan Prelude students may take two courses over two semesters to preview the MS in IT and Management program.

MA in Applied Economics

With the only fully online MA in Applied Economics in North Carolina, go beyond the data to learn how to ask the right questions and find the right solutions. Prepare to make an impact in a variety of fields, including public policy, government, finance, and many more.

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Graduate Certificates

Up to three hours of credit may be applied to the following graduate certificates:

Be sure to visit the Graduate School website for details on the courses available to Bryan Prelude/Visiting Students that can be applied to these certificate programs


Visit the Graduate School’s site for visiting and non-degree seeking applicants.

Be prepared to submit:

  • Payment for $25 application fee
  • An official undergraduate transcript, verifying that an undergraduate degree has been conferred, and that includes courses and grades
    [Applicants whose Grade Point Average (GPA) is below a 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) must be approved by the program director. A combination of work experience and education could on rare occasion possibly substitute for GPA requirements. Applicants may provide an official transcript of graduate studies (optional).]
  • A personal statement of interest that states the graduate program you are interested in and explains your attraction to the program and how you plan on utilizing the course(s)
  • A current resume­­


Unless otherwise noted, Bryan Prelude students are subject to the policies and procedures provided for Visiting and Non-degree Seeking Students found on the Graduate School website.

A Bryan Prelude student who registers for a course in a subsequent term is required to resubmit the graduate application.

Since Bryan Prelude is considered a non-degree seeking program, it is not eligible for federal financial aid.

Individuals who are permitted to enroll at the University as Bryan Prelude students may take courses numbered 100-749 that have not been restricted by the departments (see The Graduate School Bulletin and the Course Schedule). Note however, that only select, graduate-level courses will transfer.

Should a Bryan Prelude student wish to apply for admission to The Graduate School, subject to the written recommendation of the major department and the approval of the Dean of The Graduate School, up to six (6) semester hours of such credit may be accepted toward a degree and up to three (3) semester hours of such credit may be accepted toward a certificate. Credit earned must fall within the timeline for completing the degree.

Students receive academic credit and thereby produce an official transcript for courses taken as a Bryan Prelude student. Substandard coursework can diminish the possibility of admission to a graduate program at UNCG and earning satisfactory grades does not guarantee admission into a graduate program at UNCG.

Application deadlines

Be sure to submit and complete your application in full before the deadline.

Fall Semester: August 1

Spring Semester: December 1

Summer Semester: April 1

Seating capacity for graduate business courses is limited. Applications for admission and course registrations are administered on a rolling basis.

Free GMAT Prep Course

All Bryan Prelude applicants are able to enroll in our GMAT prep class. The goal of the class is to explain the structure of the test, how grading and evaluation work, and what to expect when the test itself is administered. Classes meet one night per week for one month. Each class session is three hours long.



MBA-701: Quantitative Analysis (Fall and Spring semester)
MBA-702: Financial and Managerial Accounting (Fall semester)
MBA-703: Managerial Economics (Summer semester)
MBA-716: Leadership (Fall semester)

Please note: only the courses listed above will transfer to the degree program.

Master's in Applied Economics


ECO 625: Data Methods in Economics
ECO 630: Introduction to Cost Effectiveness
ECO 631: Applied Policy Methods
ECO 637: Empirical Health Economics
ECO 663: Predictive Data Mining
ECO 664: Time Series and Forecasting
MBA 703: Economic Policies & Impact on Global Outcomes

Master's in Accounting


Because these courses are undergraduate-level, interested individuals may apply through Undergraduate Admissions as a Second Degree Student.

Upon completing the following courses as the Bryan Prelude, the prerequisite coursework for the degree program will be waived.
ACC-518: Intermediate Accounting I
ACC-519: Intermediate Accounting II
ACC-525: Accounting Transaction Processing Systems
ACC-531: Cost Accounting
ACC-602: Federal Tax Concepts
ACC-604: Auditing Concepts

Master's in IT and Management


ACC-201: Financial Accounting*
SCM-302: Operations Management*
ISM-671: Organizing Data for Analytics (offered in spring)
ISM-673: Designing Secure Networks and Internet of Things for Business (offered in fall)

* Recommended prerequisites for students applying to the program without a business background.
Please note: only the courses listed above will transfer to the degree program.

Have Questions?

If you still have questions regarding our Bryan Prelude Program please reach out to our graduate recruitment team by phone or email. You may also schedule a time to meet with one of our recruiters or attend one of our upcoming information sessions.

Contact Us

Jennifer Chapman

Assistant Director of Graduate Recruitment
Bryan 301K 336-256-1432

Ms. Savannah Martin

Graduate Recruitment Specialist
301F Bryan Building 336-334-4657