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
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.