The page uses Browser Access Keys to help with keyboard navigation. Click to learn moreSkip to Navigation

Different browsers use different keystrokes to activate accesskey shortcuts. Please reference the following list to use access keys on your system.

Alt and the accesskey, for Internet Explorer on Windows
Shift and Alt and the accesskey, for Firefox on Windows
Shift and Esc and the accesskey, for Windows or Mac
Ctrl and the accesskey, for the following browsers on a Mac: Internet Explorer 5.2, Safari 1.2, Firefox, Mozilla, Netscape 6+.

We use the following access keys on our gateway

n Skip to Navigation
k Accesskeys description
h Help
   
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin
Appalachian State University
   
 
  Nov 18, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Graduate Bulletin

Graduate Admissions



The Dean of the Graduate School is responsible for the admission of all graduate students. All students taking graduate courses must make formal application to the Graduate School prior to enrolling in any graduate course work. All materials submitted, including transcripts, become the property of Appalachian State University and cannot be forwarded or returned. All application materials and inquiries should be addressed to:

Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies
P O Box 32068
Appalachian State University Boone, NC 28608

street address for FedEx, UPS: 287 Rivers Street #232
voice: 828.262.2130; fax: 828.262.2709
gradadmissions@appstate.edu

Location and Mode of Instruction for Graduate Programs

The location of instruction for graduate programs depends upon demand; most of Appalachian’s graduate programs are open for enrollment on the main campus in Boone. When demand is sufficient, graduate programs in education, health care, business and professional studies are offered at a distance either in addition to or instead of the on-campus program.

While “distance” means “online” in most cases, some of Appalachian’s off-campus programming is taught face-to-face at site-based locations in western NC. Generally, the online and off-campus programs are cohort-based, meaning an identified group of students begin their programs of study together and continue to graduation. Beginning dates of cohort programs vary. For more information about distance education programs visit the distance education website at distance.appstate.edu.

Admission Requirements

Requirements described in this Bulletin are minimum requirements for consideration and do not guarantee acceptance. Programs are selective, and admission decisions are based on consideration of all materials submitted. A limited number of students who do not meet the minimum standards may be allowed to enroll with provisional status. Students from under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Academic Preparation: Enrollment in a degree or certificate program or as a graduate non-degree student requires, without exception, a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from a college or university of recognized standing. International applicants must have earned the equivalent of an American four-year baccalaureate degree. Individual programs may have specific course or major requirements for admission. See the program listing in this Bulletin for specific information.

Entrance Test Scores: Official Standardized Exam scores are required for admission into all degree and some certificate programs unless that program has waived the exam requirement by applying alternative standards for admission to their program. (Click here to see a grid with detailed information on the waiver qualifications of the standardized exam requirements - both general and program specific.)  All standardized admissions exam scores must be less than five years old and submitted directly to the Graduate School from the testing organization. Applicants who wish to be considered for university-wide scholarships or fellowships must still submit a standardized exam score.

  • GRE: The Doctoral program and all degree and some certificate programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Fine and Applied Arts, the College of Health Sciences, the Hayes School of Music, and the Department of Human Development & Psychological Counseling require the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), unless waived. None of the degree or certificate programs require GRE subject tests for admission. The MHA program will also consider Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) in lieu of the GRE.
  • GMAT: The MS in Accounting in the Walker College of Business requires the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The MBA and MS in Applied Data Analytics will accept either the GMAT or the GRE, unless waived.
  • MAT: Programs in the following departments accept the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) in lieu of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test, unless waived: Curriculum and Instruction; Reading Education and Special Education; Leadership and Educational Studies. The MSN program will consider the MAT in lieu of the GRE but prefers the GRE.

Appalachian’s Office of Testing Services administers the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), the Graduate Record General Exam (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), and other examinations - charging fees in accordance with the schedule of fees maintained in the Testing Center testing.appstate.edu.

Recommendations: All degree programs and selected certificate programs require recommendations in support of the application for admission, and applicants will be prompted for reference contact information in the online application. The references will be contacted via email with instructions for submitted their recommendations online.

When possible, applicants are encouraged to seek recommendations from academic or professional references rather than personal or character references. Some programs require recommendations from individuals who know the applicant in specific ways, such as a work supervisor. See the program listing in this Bulletin for specific information.

Proof of Licensure for Teacher Education Programs: Applicants to teacher-education degree programs in all disciplines must hold, or be eligible to hold, a North Carolina “A” teaching license, or a comparable initial teaching license in another state.

Program Specific Information: Each program specifies any additional materials required, e.g., writing samples, letters of intent, questionnaires. See the program listing in this Bulletin for specific information.

Accelerated Admission

The Graduate School offers a program entitled, “Accelerated Admission from Baccalaureate to Master’s.” This is an accelerated program for which a graduate program director can nominate a rising senior (i.e., a student in the second semester of the junior year) or current senior to take graduate coursework during the student’s senior year that can fulfill both undergraduate and graduate course requirements.

Eligible students:

  • Have a 3.4 GPA;
  • Are ready as seniors to take graduate coursework (must have completed 90 hours by the end of the nomination semester);
  • Are nominated by the graduate program director in the desired graduate program.

Program Requirements:

  • Students must take at least one (1) graduate course during the senior year, which must also be used to fulfill an undergraduate degree requirement.
  • Students will be permitted to take up to 12 hours of graduate coursework during the senior year. These hours can be used to fulfill both undergraduate minor, major or degree requirements as well as graduate degree requirements.
  • Undergraduate students may NOT take graduate hours in Thesis, Independent/Individual Study, or Internship.
  • Only courses with a grade of B or better will be applied to a graduate program of study.

Refer to the Accelerated Admission website for details regarding the application process.

Additional Admission Requirements for International Students

International students must further demonstrate their ability to succeed in graduate school in a rural environment through evidence of English language proficiency and of financial means.

English Proficiency for International Students: Applicants from outside of the United States, English-speaking Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand must submit official scores from a test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL or IELTS) as early as possible. These test scores must be no more than 2 years old.

Minimum Scores: For the internet based TOEFL, 79 with no subsection under 11. The IELTS minimum score is 6.5 (7.0 to be considered for financial assistance).

Proof of Financial Ability for International Students: Upon admission to the Graduate School, international students must show evidence of financial ability to pay out-of-state tuition and fees and cost of living. For information on cost of attendance, contact the Office of International Education and Development international.appstate.edu/isss/students.

Application Procedures

Application Procedures for Degree Programs (Master’s, Specialist or Doctoral)

Applicants seeking admission to a degree program must apply to the Graduate School and be reviewed both within the Graduate School and within the Department housing the degree program. Applicants must submit:

  • a completed online application form (www.gradadmissions1.appstate.edu), including:
  • a resume to be uploaded as a MS Word or PDF document (.doc, .docx, .pdf);
  • the names and contact information for references (3 for master’s and specialist programs; 4 for the doctoral program).
  • The application fee.
  • Official test scores as required for the program selected. To be official, test scores must be sent to the Graduate School directly from the testing agency or be recorded on an official transcript.
  • Official transcripts of ALL previous college-level academic work, even if included as transfer on another transcript. Transcripts should be secured from the university or college, embossed with the school seal and enclosed in a sealed envelope. Some universities will send official transcripts electronically, and this method may be used when available. Paper transcripts that do not arrive in the Graduate School in sealed envelopes will be considered unofficial and cannot be used for admission purposes. Former students of Appalachian do not need to submit official transcripts for their Appalachian coursework, but transcripts from all other institutions, including transfer credit, must be resubmitted.
  • Any additional information required by the program, such as a questionnaire, writing sample, statement of purpose, proof of teacher licensure, etc. See the program listing  in this Bulletin for specific information.

Application Procedures for Certificate Programs

Applicants seeking admission to a certificate program must apply to the Graduate School and be reviewed both within the Graduate School and within the Department housing the certificate program. Applicants must submit:

  • A completed online application form (www.gradadmissions1.appstate.edu), including a resume to be uploaded as a MS word or PDF document. Some certificate programs also require the names and contact information for references.
  • The application fee.
  • Official transcripts of ALL previous college-level academic work, even if included as transfer on another transcript. Transcripts should be secured from the university or college, embossed with the school seal and enclosed in a sealed envelope. Some universities will send official transcripts electronically, and this method may be used when available. Paper transcripts that do not arrive in the Graduate School in sealed envelopes will be considered unofficial and cannot be used for admission purposes. Former students of Appalachian do not need to submit official transcripts for their Appalachian coursework, but transcripts from all other institutions, including transfer credit, must be resubmitted.
  • Any additional information required by the program, such as references, official test scores, a questionnaire, writing sample, statement of purpose, proof of teacher licensure, etc. See the program listing  in this Bulletin for specific information.

Application Procedures for Students Wishing to Enroll as Non-Degree Seeking or School-Licensure-Only

Persons seeking to take a course as a visiting graduate student, as a teacher seeking licensure or renewal licensure, for professional development, or while preparing an application for admission to a degree or certificate program may request to enroll as a non-degree graduate student.

Applicants seeking to enroll for the first time as non-degree graduate students must apply to the Graduate School. Applicants must submit:

  • A completed online application form (www.gradadmissions1.appstate.edu), including a resume to be uploaded as a MS word or PDF document.
  • The application fee.
  • Official transcripts of all previous college-level academic work, even if included as transfer on another transcript. Transcripts should be secured from the university or college, embossed with the school seal and enclosed in a sealed envelope. Some universities will send official transcripts electronically, and this method may be used when available. Paper transcripts that do not arrive in the Graduate School in sealed envelopes will be considered unofficial and cannot be used for admission purposes. Former students of Appalachian do not need to submit official transcripts for their Appalachian coursework, but transcripts from all other institutions, including transfer credit, must be resubmitted.
  • Some licensure programs require additional information such as references, proof of teacher licensure, etc. Contact the academic department for more information.

Admission as a non-degree student does not guarantee permission to enroll in specific courses, and some departments may reserve courses for degree-seeking students only. Permission to enroll in a graduate course must be obtained through completion of the appropriate form. The form (Non-Degree enrollment) can be obtained from the Graduate School web site (www.graduate.appstate.edu). Non-degree graduate students seeking licensure who have been evaluated through the Licensure Office in the Reich College of Education are exempt from the non-degree approval form requirement.

Coursework taken as a non-degree student is not normally counted toward a graduate degree or certificate. If a student is accepted into a graduate degree program after taking non-degree coursework, the student’s advisory committee can petition for no more than 9 semester hours of coursework taken before the admit term to be included in the program of study.

Requesting a Paper Application

Applicants who are unable to complete the online form due to physical limitations may request a paper application from the Graduate School (gradadmissions@appstate.edu).

Deadlines for Admission Applications

Deadlines vary by program and by location of offering. The most up to date information is available online: www.graduate.appstate.edu/programs. Some things to keep in mind when applying:

Semesters of Admission: The University operates with four possible terms of admission: Fall, Spring, Summer Session I, and Summer Session II. Each program determines its open terms of admission, and some programs do not admit students in every possible term (e.g., the psychology programs only admit in the Fall). A term of admission must be specified when applying, and to be considered for a different term once the application is submitted applicants must notify the graduate admissions staff in writing or via email (gradadmissions@appstate.edu).

Priority Screening Dates: Applicants should pay special attention to the early screening dates that some programs have established for priority consideration for admission and financial aid. These early dates can be found on the website at www.graduate.appstate.edu/programs. Applicants applying after the early screening date should contact the program to verify that there is still space available for new students.

International Applicant Deadlines: In order to allow for sufficient time for credential evaluation and VISA processing, international applicants should apply by the following deadlines:

  • Summer 1, Summer 2, or Fall: February 1
  • Spring: July 1

International applicants who submit transcripts through an evaluation service that is a member of NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc., www.naces.org) may apply later than the dates specified above provided the program of interest is still taking applications.

Admission Criteria and Status for Degree or Certificate Students

Persons who apply for admission to the Graduate School, if accepted, may be admitted in one of several categories as described below. If a student does not complete degree requirements within seven years of being admitted, the admission expires.

Regular Admission. To be considered for regular admission to a degree program in the Graduate School at Appalachian, an applicant must meet or exceed one of the criteria below, using the test required for admission to the program (GRE, GMAT, or MAT - check the program section for information on which test is required).

  • 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from the appropriate admission test(s), OR
  • 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from the appropriate admission test(s).

Meeting one of these criteria does NOT guarantee admission to any program; academic departments also consider other factors, including recommendation letters, supplemental materials, size and quality of the current applicant pool, etc. The program may request that a GPA in the most recent 60 hours of graded coursework completed be used in place of the GPA in the last earned degree.

Provisional Admission. Provisional admission to a graduate program may be granted in the following circumstances with a recommendation from the program director or the department chair of the admitting program: 1) a student whose application materials do not meet the criteria for regular admission, but who has compensating work experience or outstanding alternative credentials; 2) a student whose undergraduate degree is in another discipline but who shows evidence of potential success in the desired program. Students admitted provisionally may be required to take additional prerequisite courses during their first year, and may have to achieve a specific graduate GPA as determined by the admitting program. Provisionally admitted students cannot hold assistantships, scholarships, or tuition scholarships during the first semester.

Tentative Status. Students may be admitted either regularly or provisionally under a tentative status. Tentative status is given to any student who must complete a specified requirement prior to registration and enrollment, such as completion of the undergraduate degree.

Leave of Absence and Readmission

A graduate student who has begun work toward a graduate degree but who is not enrolled at Appalachian during a specific Fall or Spring academic term will be officially classified as being on leave. A student who is on leave of absence will have no access to university resources, and cannot schedule and pass a thesis or dissertation defense, nor take comprehensive or qualifying examinations. To return after a leave, students should contact Graduate Records for instructions.

A leave of absence has no effect on the time limit to graduation, i.e., the time limit will remain seven calendar years from the year of admission, including the time spent on leave. All students must be enrolled in at least one hour of graduate credit during the academic term in which they graduate.

Readmission

Students who have withdrawn in good standing from the University or who have been suspended for academic deficiencies or for other reasons should submit their requests for readmission to their program directors, who will, in turn, make an appeal to the Graduate School. Consideration of requests for readmission of students who have been suspended for any reason will be made in light of the applicant’s ability, evidence of growth and maturity, credits earned at another institution, and time elapsed since leaving Appalachian.

Disposition of Application Documents

All documents submitted in support of applications become a part of the permanent records of the University and are not returnable. Documents submitted by applicants who do not enroll will be destroyed after one year.