Dec 07, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Higher Education - Adult and Developmental Education Concentration, MA


Program Code: MA_454F
CIP Code: 13.0406

Program of Study for the Master of Arts in Higher Education


Admission Requirements: Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; complete application to the Graduate School ; official general GRE or MAT exam scores, unless waived.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the criteria for admission to the Graduate School . Meeting this condition does not guarantee admission.

Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility: The standardized exam (GRE or MAT) requirement may be waived for applicants who submit an essay on what applicant believes are most pressing issues facing higher education today.

Accelerated Admission Option: This program offers an accelerated admission option for undergraduate students currently enrolled at Appalachian State University.   

Location: On Campus and Online

Additional Information about Standardized Exam Waiver Eligibility


Any standardized exam waiver for a graduate degree program at Appalachian State requires that applicants hold a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in their last earned degree (undergraduate or graduate; some programs have established higher GPA requirements). No exam waiver is automatic but will require review and approval by the Graduate School upon submission of a complete application. An approved waiver request does not guarantee acceptance into the program. A denied waiver request does not mean that a candidate is denied admission to the program, only that a standardized exam score is needed to more fully evaluate the application. Standardized test scores may be required for scholarship consideration.

Course Requirements for the Master of Arts in Higher Education


Completion of One of the Following Two Options


Option A


  • 21 hours of advisor-approved graduate electives in a discipline such as English, reading, math, or ESL
Choice of Thesis or Non-Thesis Option

  • (6 Hours)
  • or

  • 6 hours of graduate electives chosen based on career interests with the advice and approval of the graduate advisor

Other Requirements for the MA in Higher Education


  • Thesis: A thesis is optional for the concentrations in Adult and Developmental Education (454F) and Community College and University Leadership (454G), in lieu of elective courses. A thesis consists of 6 hours spread over a minimum of 2 semesters.
  • Proficiency: Not required
  • Candidacy: Required; see the program director for specific timeline and requirements for admission to candidacy
  • Comprehensive: Students must successfully complete a written comprehensive exam.
  • Product of Learning: Not required