Jul 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Student Affairs


To be a national leader in developing student experiences that positively transform lives and communities. (https://studentaffairs.ecu.edu/vision-mission-and-values/)


Supporting Pirate success through environments that enhance student development, engagement, belonging, well-being, and career readiness. (https://studentaffairs.ecu.edu/vision-mission-and-values/)


Student Affairs educators adhere to these core values:

  • Student Centered
  • Integrity
  • Belonging
  • Excellence
  • Respect


East Carolina Creed

In the pursuit of educational excellence, responsible stewardship, and intellectual freedom, the community of scholars at East Carolina University is committed to learning at the highest level. Founded in the tradition of service and leadership, members of our academic society exemplify high standards of professional and personal conduct at all times.  Therefore, we aspire to the following:

As an East Carolinian,
I will carry out personal and academic integrity.
I will respect and appreciate the diversity of our people, ideas, and opinions.
I will be thoughtful and responsible in my words and actions.
I will engage in purposeful citizenship by serving as a positive role model.
By striving to meet these aspirations on and off campus, our individual freedom to learn and a pledge to serve will be preserved.

Student Affairs

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students Office is a central place for students, parents, and families seeking assistance in navigating the complex issues of campus life.

Case managers provide one-on-one support, including interventions, advocacy, referrals, and follow-up services for students who are experiencing significant difficulties related to mental health, physical health, family emergencies and/or other areas of concern. Case Managers offer resources and information to help students navigate university systems and policies while prioritizing their well-being and academic success. Additionally, Case managers will assist students in making connections with faculty, staff, and other offices that can collaborate with them to ensure their needs are met. Lastly, the goal is to help students to develop self-advocacy skills that prepare them for involvement in the larger community and life beyond college. (https://deanofstudents.ecu.edu/)

Campus Living - ECU Dining Services

Dining Services provides a comprehensive dining program with high quality and affordable food service; encourages and promotes campus residential life and educational experience; projects a positive campus image and the University’s sense of community to all visitors, faculty, staff and students. Dining Services also provides nutritional education and provides a safe and comfortable dining experience, which operates efficiently and with fiscal integrity while also contributing to the economic impact of our region. (https://dining.ecu.edu)

Campus Living - ECU Housing and Residence Life

Campus Living actively contributes to the mission of the university by providing housing services and programmatic offerings to serve the needs of the undergraduate students at East Carolina University. Campus Living seeks to enrich the lives of our students by providing them a clean, safe and secure educational living environment where all residential students can reach their full academic and personal potential. (https://campusliving.ecu.edu/)

Campus Living - ECU Transit

ECU Transit offers services tailored to the needs of the university community. Several fixed route options are available that connect points around main campus as well as the health sciences campus, and park-and-ride lots. Fixed routes also serve several off-campus housing locations as well as downtown Greenville. The On Demand van service is a point-to-point service that works in conjunction with fixed route service to serve on and off campus locations during the evenings and on weekends. Riders with permanent or temporary mobility impairments may choose Pirate Access for pre-arranged trips to and from university properties. Transit services operate 7 days a week during the fall and spring semester, and on any day in which the university is open. Schedules, maps, and other information can be found at the ECU Transit website (https://transit.ecu.edu).

Campus Living - Off-Campus Student Services

Off-Campus Student Services (OCSS) assists students and parents/guardians in their search to find safe and affordable off-campus housing. This is accomplished by encouraging open communication and delivering university programs and services to empower students to become good citizens while keeping them connected to the university. (https://offcampus.ecu.edu/)

Campus Recreation and Wellness

Campus Recreation and Wellness (CRW) engages the Pirate community in diverse recreational and wellness experiences by providing exceptional facilities, programs, and services to thousands of participants every day. The department employs over 400 students annually serving Pirate Nation at four state-of-the-art facilities. The Intramural Sports program offers over 20 different team and individual/dual activities in several skill levels. For those seeking a more intensive experience, 27 Club Sports are available with plenty of activities for everyone. Take the fun outdoors with the Adventure Program. This program offers a selection of trips, educational workshops, a 27-foot climbing wall, and equipment rental. Leadership and Team Training builds and strengthens community by serving numerous groups annually through customized group initiative games, challenge course experiences, and other team building activities. The Well-Being areas provide a menu of options to meet people where they are and to help them thrive! Group Fitness is perfect for Pirates who want the freedom of a drop-in movement opportunity, such as joining a BODYPUMP™, Barre, Yoga class, and more! Small Group Training is perfect for those wanting to up their fitness game in a more team-like atmosphere. Personal Training is available for those who want one-on-one customized fitness programs delivered in-person or online. Well-Being is far more than movement, however. Resources and programs such as well-being coaching, relaxation stations featuring massage chairs, and health and well-being assessments are offered to support life-long habits within the five elements of well-being (career, social, financial, physical, and community). Discover, explore, and live programs are even offered on-demand! Well-being wherever you are, whenever. (https://crw.ecu.edu)

  • The Eakin Student Recreation Center is convenient, accessible, and filled with activities to keep the mind, body, and spirit in shipshape condition. Special features include a climbing wall; an indoor pool and outdoor pool with a lounging area; a 10,300 square-foot fitness area with free weights, selectorized equipment and cardiovascular machines; an indoor running track; five exercise studios (including a dedicated spinning and mind/body space), the Adventure Center, basketball, volleyball and racquetball courts. Outdoor adventure trips, group fitness classes, yoga, martial arts, and a variety of intramural and club sports are among the many opportunities students can find at Campus Recreation and Wellness.
  • Campus Recreation and Wellness at the Health Sciences Campus is located in the Health Sciences Campus Student Center and is a 28,000 square foot facility with two multipurpose courts, an exercise studio which includes virtual and live cycling classes,  cross-training room, and cardiovascular and free weight areas. A wellness center, also located in the student center, offers massage chairs, a coffee and relaxation area, and other stress reduction activities. 
  • Blount Recreational Sports Complex includes 10 flag football and soccer fields and four softball fields, in addition to restrooms and parking. The Blount complex is also a host site to part of the City of Greenville’s beautiful Greenway trail, 3.1 miles of natural trail for biking, running and walking. The Blount Recreational Sports Complex is on the ECU transit route and has free parking after 5:00 pm. 
  • North Recreational Complex has eight multi-sport fields, a six-acre lake, a field house, jogging trails, a beach area with sand volleyball courts, a boathouse, outdoor fitness equipment, an Odyssey Challenge Course, and an 19-hole disc golf course, and a low-ropes team challenge course. The North Recreational Complex has free parking. 

Career Services

Career Services supports and empowers students in their career development to succeed as professionals in a global community. 

The following is a list of services and programs Career Services utilizes to assist students:

  • Career Counseling (virtual and in-person one-on-one; 30- and 60-minute coaching and career counseling sessions) 
    • Coaching and career counseling sessions
    • Evaluation/negotiation of job offers
    • Graduate studies preparation
    • Interview preparation and practice
    • Job and internship search
    • Personal statements and graduate school essays
  • Career Fairs (full-time job and internship fairs, graduate school expos, and an annual fair for part-time campus jobs)
  • Career Shift (online practice interviewing technology)
  • Drop-in Career Advising (virtual and in-person 15-minute career advising meetings; available Monday-Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm) 
  • Experiential Learning (staff collaborates with faculty, employers, and students to help develop and facilitate internships and cooperative education opportunities)
  • Employer Relations and Recruitment (an employer relations team promotes ECU students to local, national, and global employers; consults with faculty; and connects ECU students and alumni with recruiters)
  • Internship and Employment Posting (hosts “Handshake”, a multi-functional recruiting platform that provides students and alumni with thousands of job postings exclusive to ECU with a profile account to attract recruiter interest, and access to register for career fairs and other events)
  • Interview.com (online practice interviewing technology)
  • Pirate Employer Series (employers from various industries visit ECU to recruit students and conduct information sessions about their organizations)
  • Presentations and Workshops (staff collaborate with faculty to plan and present career development curriculum in academic classes and present career-related presentations and workshops to academic classes and campus groups throughout the year)
  • Professional Etiquette Dinner (national professional etiquette consultant teaches students how to manage professional functions, interview meals, and formal dining occasions)
  • On Campus Interviews (employers visit campus to meet students and conduct interviews for internships and full-time jobs)
  • Online Technology
    • Handshake - Thousands of jobs and internships, recruiter connections and access to local and national career events
    • Focus 2 - Guides students through an intuitive decision-making model to help them explore majors, research occupations, and identify professional competencies
    • Interview.com - Online practice interviewing technology
    • Career Shift - National job postings and contacts
    • Resume Samples - Best practice samples for each academic discipline

Additional information about Career Services is available at https://career.ecu.edu/ or by calling 252-328-6050.

Center for Counseling and Student Development

The Center for Counseling and Student Development (CCSD) provides confidential counseling services to currently enrolled ECU students who have paid the student health fee. All counseling services are free (covered by tuition and fees), apart from a $25 no-show fee. The CCSD is staffed by a multi-disciplinary team of therapists experienced in providing mental health care addressing concerns common to college students. The CCDS provides brief individual and group therapy, workshops, substance use counseling, consultation, and psychoeducational outreach programs. Counseling services are designed to enhance personal growth, facilitate skill development, improve understanding of self and others, and stabilize students in crisis. (https://counselingcenter.ecu.edu/)

Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement

The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement provides opportunities for the campus community to learn, serve, and lead with our community as active citizens and advocates for positive social change. In partnership with local, regional, and international communities, the Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement seeks to foster an environment where individuals learn about themselves and their community, take action through service, and advocate for lasting social change. The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement is committed to supporting ECU’s three commitments of student success, public service and regional transformation through our guiding values of student leadership, faculty engagement, and community partnership. Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement is located in the Main Campus Student Center, Suite 208. For more information, visit https://clce.ecu.edu.

Center for Student Success

The Center for Student Success (CSS) provides the support and coordination of services, resources, and programs that enhance student success while attending to their holistic needs. The CSS supports student needs outside of the classroom and serve as a bridge and point of contact to Academic Affairs initiatives while managing student-focused initiatives like ECU Grow, Students’ Treasure Chest, and HOiST (Helping Our Students Thrive). Using intentional outreach, programming, and connection opportunities, the staff members utilize early-alert notification systems to appropriately intervene and support students in need. The First Year Cares Initiative connects incoming first year students with resources and support services based on survey data and predictive analytics. Within the Center for Student Success, Financial Wellness provides financial education, coaching, and resources that empower our students to utilize their knowledge and skills to manage their financial resources effectively for a lifetime of financial well-being.

Additionally, CSS coordinates programming within the Student Success Hubs on the first floor of the Main Campus Student Center. Each of the hubs (Financial Wellness, Career Services, and Health & Well-Being) contributes to the inclusive perspective of student success, and through cohesive marketing and collaborative programming, the Student Success Hubs provide a synergy to ECU’s student success initiatives on campus. For more information, visit https://studentaffairs.ecu.edu/studentsuccess/.

Disability Support Services

Disability Support Services (DSS) is a resource for students with disabilities. The primary role of DSS is to ensure students with disabilities have equitable access to all ECU programs, services, facilities and activities of the university. DSS works with ECU students, faculty and staff to coordinate a range of services and accommodations designed to support students with disabilities on an individualized basis. (https://accessibility.ecu.edu/students/)

Intercultural Affairs

Intercultural Affairs cultivates a transformative and culturally competent community centered on intercultural learning. Through collaboration with stakeholders, Intercultural Affairs develops programs and services that facilitate cross-cultural dialogue, promotes cultural competency development, and engages the community in reflective experiences which encourage self-exploration and challenges bias of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, disability, social class, or other distinctions. (https://interculturalaffairs.ecu.edu/)

Military and Veteran Resource Center

The Military and Veteran Resource Center (MVRC) strives to provide a seamless transition for student veterans both academically and socially by assisting them in becoming fully integrated into the East Carolina University community by educating, preparing, and engaging the military-affiliated community. MVRC  provides supportive services necessary to ensure that student veterans are successful in their academic pursuits, adjust to the campus environment, and eventually transition to civilian employment. 

In addition to a broad array of programs, there is a lounge for student veterans featuring a study space, lockers, and a textbook lending library. ECU also offers a student organization for veterans called the Pirate Veteran Organization, which is a chapter of the National Student Veteran Association.

The Military and Veteran Resource Center is located in the Main Campus Student Center, Suite 282. For more information, visit https://studentveterans.ecu.edu

Office of Parent and Family Programs

ECU’s Office of Parent and Family Programs is the office that supports parents and family members of East Carolina University students. Parents and families play an important role at ECU and we believe that the more you know about the university, the more you can contribute to your student’s success here, and we want to be your partner in your child’s education.  We provide personalized help to find solutions to problems, and help you navigate through your family’s college experience. Our office staff are here to assist you with finding answers to your questions.

For more information, you can visit our website http://parents.ecu.edu, call the Parents Help Line at 252-328-6847, or email us at parents@ecu.edu. We will answer your questions or put you in touch with someone who can. Join the Parent and Family Portal at https://ecu.campusesp.com for your opportunity to receive newsletters and important information. Engage with our social media accounts @ECUParents (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) to keep connected no matter your location.

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSRR) fosters student growth by promoting students’ awareness and understanding of their rights and responsibilities as community members, addressing student conduct and creating developmental learning opportunities, and engaging students in ethical decision-making. 

OSRR administers the East Carolina University Student Code of Conduct, which governs students’ on- and off-campus conduct. Office staff is also engaged in campus education on various issues, such as academic integrity, citizenship development, and conflict resolution.

OSRR staff is available to advise all campus community members on their rights under the Student Code of Conduct and the ECU conduct process as well as to clarify University policies pertaining to student conduct. (https://osrr.ecu.edu/)

Pirate Media 1

Pirate Media 1, ECU’s Student Media organization, engages students in real-life, hands-on practical training in a learning laboratory while providing news, information, entertainment and literary expression to the campus community. Located on campus in the Mendenhall Building, it’s student-led divisions – newspaper, magazines, radio, design and photography, and advertising and marketing – prepare students to compete and succeed in the global economy. 

Pirate Media 1 provides students with experience in reporting, writing, editing, graphic design, production, management, photography, videography, radio programming, sales, marketing, social media and web production. 

Pirate Media 1 also prepares students for any career choice through the development of skills in areas such as communication, teamwork, time management, problem-solving and conflict resolution. For more information, visit https://studentmedia.ecu.edu.

SA Assessment, Research, and Planning

SA Assessment, Research and Planning (SAARP) champions a culture of evidence and improvement within the Division of Student Affairs, in support of student learning, development, and success. SAARP provides leadership to increase the institution’s knowledge about students, the educational environment and institutional effectiveness to continuously improve student programs and services, and does so through service in support of outcomes-based assessment, student-focused research, data-informed decision-making, strategic planning, program review, and professional education.

Student Centers

Student Centers is the home to two new facilities that serve Pirate Nation on both the Main Campus as well as the Health Sciences Campus. Existing as ECU’s “living room,” both facilities empower the campus community around our motto Servire and serve as the hub for cultural, educational, social, and community activities. The centers exemplify the university’s mission as the leadership university, committed to student success, public service, and regional transformation. Student Centers are located on both the Main and Health Sciences Campus. For more information, visit http://studentcenters.ecu.edu.

  • Main Campus Student Center is a 220,000 square foot facility serving as the front door to ECU’s campus. The building includes a 700-space parking deck for easy access for the ECU and Greenville community and guests. Many student focused departments and services are housed in the Main Campus Student Center including, Student Government Association (SGA), Student Activities Board (SAB), Central Reservations Office, and University Ticket Office. Dowdy Student Stores, as well as a 220 seat Black Box Theater, a 14,000 square foot ballroom, six dining options, 11 different meeting rooms, and Pirate Vision - a 24’ x 42’ outdoor digital screen. (https://studentcenters.ecu.edu/main-campus-student-center)
  • Health Sciences Campus Student Center is an 85,000 square foot facility that is the first standalone student center on a medical campus in North Carolina. This multi-purpose facility houses a number of student services such as Traffic and Parking, One Card, Student Health Services, Center for Counseling and Student Development, Student Activities and Organizations, and Career Services. Pirate Nation has access to a state-of-the-art 2,000 square foot event room, multiple lounges, eight study rooms, and a state-of –the-art 25,000 square foot recreation and wellness center. There is also a number of dining options, including a Starbucks, as well as the Health Sciences Campus Bookstore. (https://studentcenters.ecu.edu/health-sciences-campus-student-center)
  • The Central Reservations Office is housed in the Department of Student Centers and plays an important role in scheduling not only both student centers, but also many of the indoor and outdoor spaces across the two campuses for students, departments, and guests. (https://cro.ecu.edu)
  • Central Ticket Office is housed in the Department of Student Centers and is your one-stop shop for ticketed performing arts, speakers, and other non-athletic events on the East Carolina University. (https://tickets.ecu.edu)  

Student Engagement

Student Engagement is the one-stop home for student involvement, campus programming, and traditions at ECU. The office works with the Fraternity and Sorority Life (fsl.ecu.edu) community, with 40 Greek-letter organizations and over 2,500 undergraduate members. The office also advises the Student Activities Board (sab.ecu.edu) which hosts over 50 different events and programs a year. More than 450 student organizations of all types can be found on The Pirate Experience website (pirateexperience.ecu.edu). Student Engagement also coordinates many campus tradition events including Homecoming, Pirate Palooza, and Barefoot on the Mall. Student Engagement is located in the Main Campus Student Center, Suite 107. For more information, visit https://studentengagement.ecu.edu.

Student Government Association

Student Government Association (SGA) exists to serve East Carolina University students, and advocates for the students so that they may be heard collectively. This organization encourages cooperation to create positive change within the university and its constituents, while upholding the values and mission of East Carolina University. A focus of the Student Government Association is to create student-university engagement and opportunities in an environment in which students have the right to self-expression regardless of identity or affiliation. Student Government Association is located in the Main Campus Student Center, Suite 223. For more information, visit https://sga.ecu.edu.

Student Health Services

Student Health Services (SHS) is a primary health care facility with locations on central campus and in the Health Sciences Campus Student Center. SHS is comprised of dedicated professionals providing easily accessible and affordable health care to enrolled students. Our facility specializes in the overall health and well-being of each patient in our campus community by offering a comprehensive list of services. We are a fully accredited medical facility by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC).

The Student Health Services staff provides expert consultation in matters of health and infection control for the university community. Additionally, SHS offers a broad spectrum of services including preventative care, treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, treatment for injuries, and care of urgent and non-urgent medical issues. Other services include sports medicine, travel medicine, pharmacy, x-ray services, ultrasound, health and nutrition education, laboratory, and allergy and immunization services. (https://studenthealth.ecu.edu/)

Student Transitions

The Office of Student Transitions (OST) provides a coordinated, comprehensive approach to enhancing success for all students; provides services that will enhance the academic efficiency, effectiveness, and independence of students; and provides necessary supports for families required for improving student satisfaction, academic success, and student retention. Student Transitions is dedicated to providing a seamless transition from orientation through post-graduation which is accomplished through the following programs: New Student Orientation, Freshman Seminar (COAD 1000), New Student Welcome and Convocation, Camp P.I.R.A.T.E.S., Sophomore to Senior Programming, First Generation Student Programming, Male Student Success, and Transfer Student Services. OST is located in the Mendenhall Building, Suite 210. For more information, visit https://studenttransitions.ecu.edu/.