Admissions

Choose Wingate University Ballantyne and benefit from:

  • Convenient Location in Ballantyne Corporate Park, just off I-485 in South Charlotte. Enjoy free parking, 24-hour security, and our spacious and modern ground floor suite.  Our address is 13024 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 150, Charlotte, NC 28277.
  • Practical Class Times on weekday evenings and select Saturdays year-round.
  • Rolling Admission with numerous start dates throughout the year.
  • Affordable Tuition is why U.S. News & World Report named Wingate University a “best value” school. Many students find assistance from their employer’s tuition reimbursement program. Financial aid options are available.
  • Small Classes mean you get the individual attention you need to thrive.

Academic Programs at Ballantyne

Adult Bachelor’s Degree Program

Ballantyne, NC campus

ABOUT ADULT BACHELOR'S DEGREE

If you’d like to start or complete your college career as an adult, our program is designed for you.  Adult learners often attend classes while juggling a full-time job and family responsibilities. Evening classes at our convenient South Charlotte campus accommodate your busy schedule.

Most students take classes two nights a week year-round to earn their degrees in the shortest time possible. However, this isn’t an accelerated degree program. Your degree is comparable to a traditional four-year program. In addition, you may be able to apply previously earned and eligible college credits toward a Wingate University degree.

Human Services

If you want to start or continue a career that’s focused on helping others, then our human services major can help you achieve your goal. Being a human services major means gaining the in-class preparation needed to succeed as a professional in psychology, social services, non-profit organizations, the ministry, and the health field.

Perhaps you have graduate school on your radar? Wingate University’s human services major provides the educational foundation you need to succeed in advanced degree programs in counseling, psychology, or social work.

Organizational Communication & Management

When employers evaluate candidates for new positions or promotion, they consistently look for excellent communication skills. Our Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree with a major in organizational communication and management helps you hone these critical skills.

Communication that Works

In a small and active learning environment, you’ll work closely with your professors and classmates to polish verbal, written, and visual communication skills. You can count on gaining real-life experience in communicating effectively with diverse audiences. You will also gain a better understanding of today’s key communication challenges facing organizations and managers.

Management Skills Spell Success

Whether you plan to supervise people or market products and services, knowing how to apply the key concepts of marketing and management in a global economy offers you an advantage as a valued employee. The expertise and working experience of your professors gives you the knowledge of consumer and organizational behavior, and the leadership skills needed to become a candidate for management. 

 

PROGRAM CONTACT

Charlesa Hann

980-359-1035

c.hann@wingate.edu

 

Graduate Education Program

ABOUT GRADUATE EDUCATION

The Thayer School of Education prepares graduate students to face the challenges of 21st-century education and to succeed as a leader in the classroom and in educational administration.  Graduate Education provides a comprehensive and hands-on experimental approach as outlined in our Conceptual Framework.  
 
We offer graduate programs that lead to initial or advanced licensure in Elementary Education K-6 or Educational Leadership.  Our Community College Executive Leadership programs prepare graduates for executive-level positions in community colleges and other higher education settings.  Students interested in expanding their knowledge of teaching, learning, and leadership may choose one of the following programs:   

Educational Leadership

Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership K-12 (M.A.Ed.)

Our Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership degree prepares you to be more than a principal.  It prepares you to be a leader, master teacher, and researcher. 

What Is Required?
Classes for the education leadership degree are held in the evenings.  To earn the degree, you’ll take 37 semester hours of coursework that focus on topics that matter most to principals, including:
Finance
Leadership
Technology
After finishing 8 of the 10 courses, you spend a total of 475 hours completing field experiences and internships to apply your classroom learning to actual school settings as you take the final two courses. The leadership portfolio you submit with your internships ties your research, coursework and field experiences together. 

If you want more information about the M.A.Ed. in Educational Leadership, email Dr. Rick Watkins, Program Coordinator, at r.watkins@wingate.edu
 

Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership (Ed.S.)

The Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership degree emphasizes the development of Effective Facilitators of Learning, a goal that demands collaborative decision-making in diverse settings.  As you work on your degree, you immerse yourself in a cohort program based on:
Clinical practice
Problem-solving
Promoting institutional effectiveness in schools, school districts and educational service agencies
 
As a cohort, you’ll engage in research and participate in class discussions with fellow future leaders. You support each other and develop professional relationships. We’ve chosen this cohort approach because it reflects the real world.

What Is Required? 
You can earn an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership by successfully completing 42 hours of courses.  Courses such as Data-Driven Leadership and pPrincipals in the 21st Century provide you with the fundamental knowledge you need to become an effective K-12 superintendent.  Knowledge and skills gained are compiled in a professional portfolio and validated hrough a comprehensive exam.
After earning the Ed.S. degree, you can earn the Ed.D. degree by completing nine additional hours and a doctoral capstone project for 12 hours of credit. You must pass the comprehensive exam before beginning the project.


If you want more information about the Ed.S. in Educational Leadership, email Dr. Ed Davis, Program Coordinator, at e.davis@wingate.edu

Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.)

Our Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program is designed for current school administrators who want to become a school superintendent or central office administrator.  The program provides opportunities for candidates to gain content knowledge, pedagogical and professional knowledge and skills, and dispositions specified by the Educational leadership Constituent Council and the North Carolina Standards for Superintendents.  


What Is Required? 
You can earn an Ed.D. Educational Leadership by successfully completing 63 credit hours, including course work, a capstone seminar, a comprehensive examination, and a problem-centered action research project.  Courses such as Data-Driven Leadership and Principals in the 21st Century provide you with the fundamental knowledge you need to become an effective K-12 superintendent. Knowledge and skills gained are compiled in a professional portfolio.  As you work on your degree, you immerse yourself in a cohort program based on:
Clinical practice
Problem-solving
Promoting institutional effectiveness in schools, school districts and educational service agencies
As a cohort, you’ll engage in research and participate in class discussions with fellow future leaders. You support each other and develop professional relationships. We’ve chosen this cohort approach because it reflects the real world.



If you want more information about the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, email Dr. Ed Davis, Program Coordinator, at e.davis@wingate.edu

Elementary Education K-6

Master of Arts in Teaching in Elementary Education-Grades K-6

It’s not too late to become an educator, even if your bachelor’s degree isn’t in education. Our Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree prepares you for the K-6 classroom. Regardless of your undergraduate major, you can earn your M.A.T. degree in a little over two years by taking two evening classes per week each semester. 


What Is Required?

The degree requires 36-39 hours of coursework that prepares you to be licensed in the state of North Carolina as a 21st century educator.  You combine what you learn in the classroom with practical experience throughout the program. Visits to accredited public schools during your first three semesters enable you to put theory into practice.  You can apply for initial certification (“A”) in North Carolina after you successfully complete the first three semesters of classes, successfully student teach, and pass North Carolina licensure tests.  
Once you have successfully completed all requirements for the initial license, you may continue to work toward the next level of mastery. To do this, you must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for your first four semesters of work. Upon completion of the second part of the program, successful candidates are eligible to sit for advanced licensure (“M”) in North Carolina.

If you want more information about the M.A.T., email Dr. Cynthia Compton at c.compton@wingate.edu

Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Education

The Master of Arts in Education in Elementary Education (M.A.Ed.) is designed for students who already have an undergraduate degree in education or a current teaching license.  Program graduates are eligible for advanced licensure (“M”) in Elementary Education K-6.

What Is Required?
If you want to advance your career, you can earn a master’s degree by taking 30 hours of coursework to expand your knowledge of the following:
Content and Curriculum 
Curriculum Decision-Making
Respectful Educational Environments
Student Learning
Teaching Problem Solving and Quantitative Reasoning
 

If you want more information about the M.A.Ed., email Dr. Cynthia Compton at c.compton@wingate.edu.   
 

Community College Executive Leadership

Educational Specialist in Community College Executive Leadership (Ed.S.)

The Educational Specialist in Community College Executive Leadership is a part-time program for working professionals.  The degree emphasizes the development of Effective Facilitators of Learning, a goal that demands collaborative decision-making in diverse settings.  The program provides both the theoretical and practical applications needed for leaders in the 21st century and prepares graduates for executive-level positions in community colleges and other higher education institutions.  

What Is Required? 

You can earn an Ed.S. in Community College Executive Leadership by successfully completing 42 hours of courses in the following areas:
Leadership and organizational development
Effective programs and services of a community college
Traits of a highly successful community college
The program provides both the theoretical and practical applications needed for leaders in the 21st century.  We use a cohort model to encourage students to develop a strong network of support and professional relationships.
 
After earning the Ed.S. degree, you can earn the Ed.D. degree by completing nine additional hours and a doctoral capstone project for 12 hours of credit. You must pass the comprehensive exam before beginning the project.


If you want more information about the Ed.S. in Community College Executive Leadership, email Dr. Darrel Staat, Program Coordinator, at d.staat@wingate.edu

Doctor of Education in Community College Executive Leadership (Ed.D.)

The Ed.D. program in Community College Executive Leadership is a part-time program for working professionals. Graduates will be prepared for positions such as deans, vice president, and presidents in community colleges and other higher education institutions.  The program provides both the theoretical and practical applications needed for leaders in the 21st century.  You will have opportunities to develop your skills in forging partnerships with local businesses and leaders to secure internships, apprenticeships and jobs for community college graduates.  
Upon completion an Ed.D., you will be prepared to: 
Develop the best way to train the workforce for local industry
Help companies new to the community find qualified workers
Serve on economic development task forces
Work to improve the quality of life in the community
Manage a student population with a significant portion planning to transfer to a four-year college after two years


What Is Required?
Our Doctor of Education in Community College Executive Leadership program is a 63-credit hour, three-year program that focuses on four broad areas:  leadership and organizational development, effective programs and services of a community college, traits of a highly successful community college, and research with a locally developed capstone project.  .  We use a cohort model to encourage students to develop a strong network of support and professional relationships.
 

If you want more information about the Ed.D. in Community College Executive Leadership, email Dr. Darrel Staat, Program Coordinator, at d.staat@wingate.edu

Certificate Programs

Students enrolled in the Ed.S./Ed.D. program in Community College Executive Leadership program may be awarded one the following certificates:
Certificate in Executive Leadership
To earn the Certificate in Executive Leadership, you must successfully complete 18 credit hours from the following areas:
Educational leadership
law 
Teaching/learning/student services
Finance
Organizational development
12st-Century community colleges 
Certificate in Workforce and Economic Development 
To earn the Certificate in Workforce and Economic Development, you must successfully complete 12 credit hours from the following areas:
Workforce and economic development
Program planning and evaluation
Organizational development and change
21st-century community colleges 
 
What Is Required?
To earn either the Certificate in Executive Leadership or the Certificate in Workforce and Economic Development, students must be admitted to the Ed.S./Ed.D. program and must satisfactorily complete the required courses for each certificate. 
 
 
If you want more information certificate programs in Community College Executive Leadership, email Dr. Darrel Staat, Program Coordinator, at d.staat@wingate.edu
 

Add-on Licensure Programs

Academically and Intellectually Gifted (AIG)

Interested in working with gifted and talented students? Completing the Academically and Intellectually Gifted Licensure Add-On Program ensures that you meet all state teaching requirements.  With all four courses offered online, obtaining the most current licensure becomes even easier than before.

What Is Required?

You complete these four online courses (12 credit hours) to receive the AIG license:
EDU 491 / 591 – Introduction to Gifted Education 
EDU 492 / 592 – Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted and 
EDU 493 / 593 – Methods and Materials in Gifted Education 
EDU 494 / 594 – Curriculum Development for the Gifted 


If you want more information about AIG add-on license, email Morgan Black at m.black@wingate.edu.  

School Administration K-12

Our add-on licensure for school administration is designed to prepare teachers who hold a master’s degree in education and a North Carolina “M” license to become principals.  The program covers the standards adopted by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction with an emphasis upon the following areas:  
Community involvement and engagement
Having a positive impact on student learning
Organizational management
School culture and safety
School improvement
Teacher empowerment and leadership  
 
What Is Required?

To earn your add-on license, you must complete a minimum of 22 semester hours in these graduate education courses: 
EDLD 605 – Developing and Demonstrating Teacher Leadership
EDLD 610 – The Principalship – Part I
EDLD 615 – The Principalship – Part II
EDLD 620 – School Finance and Budget
EDLD 630 – School Law
EDLD 694 – Internship I (Summer only; 75 hours)
EDLD 695 – Internship II (Academic year only; 200 hours)
EDLD 696 – Internship III (Academic year only; 200 hours)
Altogether, you spend 475 contact hours in the three internships. The experiences give you the opportunity to apply what you learn in the classroom to real school settings. You compile all that you learn and experience in your leadership portfolio, which is also required to earn your add-on license.

If you want more information about the add-on license in school administration, email Dr. Rick Watkins at r.watkins@wingate.edu.  
 

Master of Arts in Sport Management Program

ABOUT MASM

Sport management is a fast-growing, increasingly competitive profession. Wingate University’s Master of Arts in Sport Management (MASM) degree gives you a competitive edge as you pursue a career in this field.

Our courses include:

  • Financial Aspects of Sport
  • Collegiate Athlete Development and Wellness
  • Sport Marketing and Promotions
  • Sport Venue and Event Management

Course Descriptions

The sport management degree program at Wingate University has received specialized accreditation through the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA) located in Arlington, Virginia, USA. The sport management programs in the following degrees are accredited by COSMA: Master of Arts in Sport Management 

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Experiential Learning Opportunities are a key part of the curriculum. You get an insider view of organizations such as:

  • Big South Conference
  • Carolina Panthers
  • Charlotte Motor Speedway
  • Special Olympics
  • South Atlantic Conference

Through hands-on learning experiences, you’ll expand your network, apply your learning and build your confidence. Just take a look at our MASM Student Achievement Data (PDF) to see what our recent graduates have done.

Our students learn from full-time faculty and sport industry professionals who understand the real-life issues and challenges the profession faces today. Our faculty bring their experience into the classroom, giving our students the insight they need to compete and thrive after they graduate.

Wingate University’s master’s program in sport management holds classes at our Ballantyne campus in south Charlotte, NC, and some classes are partially online. We work hard to provide an academic schedule that fits your life.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

Candidates for the Master of Arts in Sport Management degree must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours of coursework in accordance with the prescribed course of study and maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

In addition to completing 10 core courses for 30 credit hours, students complete a Professional Program/Thesis component for 6 credit hours. Students choose to complete either an internship and project or a thesis. Both options are designed to provide specific relevance to the student’s professional interests and future career goals.

The graduate courses are taught on the Wingate University – Ballantyne campus, which is approximately 45 minutes from the Wingate, NC campus. All MASM classes are held in the evenings, Monday through Thursday.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible to apply for the MASM degree program, you must:

APPLY

  • Submit a completed online application, including the required Essay of Intent
  • Provide your official scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), GMAT, or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores must come directly from the testing agency. Scores older than five (5) years are not accepted.
  • Provide two recommendation forms from administrative or supervisory personnel
  • Arrange to have your official transcript(s) sent directly from all previously attended colleges and universities
  • Application Deadlines:

    • Fall semester: July 1

    • Spring semester: December 1

    • Summer semester: April 1

MASM APPLICATION

Please have your transcripts and recommendations sent to:

Wingate University
School of Sport Sciences
PO Box 159
Wingate, NC 28174

If you have questions about the application or admission process, please contact Mrs. Holly Griffin, Executive Assistant to the Dean, at h.griffin@wingate.edu or 704-233-8178.

* International Students: The MASM program will become fully online in Fall 2019, so we are no longer able to accept applications from international students needing F1 visa status.

MASM Recommendation Form - Applicant Portion

MASM Recommendation Form - Recommender Portion

 

Evening MBA Program

ABOUT MBA

Our nationally accreditated MBA program has been advancing the careers of Charlotte, NC professionals since 1991.

The Wingate University MBA curriculum gives you a choice of five areas of concentration:

  • Data analytics
  • Corporate innovation
  • General management
  • Health care management
  • Project management

Courses are available throughout the year during weekday evenings to meet the needs of adult professionals continuing their education while holding full-time corporate positions in the Charlotte area.  

Course descriptions

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

While a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required, it’s possible to join our program if you majored in a field other than business. All you need to do is satisfy these required undergraduate prerequisites:

  • Principles of Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Management
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Principles of Finance
  • Business Statistics
  • Mathematics (College Algebra or Calculus)

Mastery of these required courses can be demonstrated with a final grade of “C” or better at another institution, or you can choose to take our BUS 500 course, which allows non-business majors to meet their undergraduate pre-requisites within one semester.

APPLY

We use a rolling admission model, so applicants are reviewed and accepted throughout the year, with admission possible up until the beginning of each semester. Students may begin the MBA program during the fall, spring or summer semester.

Your application to our MBA program in Charlotte is evaluated for:

  • Bachelor’s degree and GPA. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution is required.
  • Our review of your official transcripts from all colleges and universities you’ve attended.
  • Official GMAT scores or GRE scores. We offer a free GMAT Prep Course to help candidates prepare. GMAT or GRE waiver may be considered in certain situations.
  • Online application.
  • Current resume and professional work experience.

Please submit all application materials to our south Charlotte campus address:

Wingate University MBA Program
13024 Ballantyne Corporate Place, Suite 150
Charlotte, NC 28277