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UNC Core Certificate

US FlagYou want a degree to advance your career, but you need to complete your general education courses before you can apply for most online degree programs. We understand. In appreciation of the sacrifices you and your family make in service to our country, we created this unique program for you, our military service members and veterans, to help you get started on your path toward a college degree.

UNC Core, a certificate program administered by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Friday Center for Continuing Education, makes it easy for active duty service members and veterans to earn core credits any time, any place.


The UNC Core Certificate is comprised of 9 courses taken from a distance for academic credit, earning a total of 27-28 academic credit hours in key subject areas. All courses are taken, and a certificate is awarded, through the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill. The curriculum is designed to fulfill general education requirements needed for entry into a degree completion program. Some courses are offered on a semester basis, while others can be started at any time and do not operate on a semester schedule.

Be sure to confirm with the Office of Admissions at the college or university where you will complete your degree that the courses you have chosen will transfer.


In order to be admitted to the UNC Core Certificate program:

  • you must be on active duty in the United States armed forces, an honorably discharged veteran of the United States armed forces, or a National Guard or Reserve member;
  • you cannot already hold a baccalaureate degree;
  • you must have either graduated from high school or completed the General Education Diploma (GED).


As a UNC Core Certificate student, you will complete 9 courses, earning a total of 27-28 academic credit hours in key subject areas. Once admitted to the program, you can work with an academic advisor or your base education officer to make sure you’re selecting the right courses for your degree path.

Course Requirements

Category/Requirement Courses/Credit Hours
English Composition 1 course/3 hours
Humanities and Fine Arts (from at least 2 disciplines) 3 courses/9 hours
Social and Behavioral Sciences (from at least 2 disciplines) 3 courses/9 hours
Mathematics 1 course/3 hours
Natural Sciences 1 course/3-4 hours (depending on course/lab)
TOTAL: 9 courses/27-28 credit hours

Admission Requirements

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions will assess each applicant’s capacity to succeed academically in UNC Core and contribute to the University’s mission.

Applicants are required to submit an official transcript that reflects their graduation from high school or completion of the GED, as well as a copy of their Joint Services Transcript.

For additional information, and to apply, visit the UNC Admissions website.

Tuition Assistance

For more information about Tuition Assistance (TA), visit your base education center and speak with an education services specialist.

Contact Us

UNC Core Academic Advising
Nohemi Ramirez, Military Academic Advisor
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UNC-Chapel Hill’s Friday Center for Continuing Education