Durham Park on campusAdmission into the Higher Education program at Appalachian State University is based on the faculty's appraisal of applicants' likelihood of being successful in the program, contributing to the learning of other students, and contributing to the larger field of higher education.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The higher education program is only admitting students to certain concentrations at this time. Please visit the page for the degree and concentration you are interested in for more information. 


  • M.A. degree requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Ed.S. degree requires a master's degree from an accredited college or university
  • Graduate Certificate requires a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university

Required Items Graduate Certificate 

  • Transcripts from all colleges attended

Required Items M.A. and Ed.S.

  • Transcripts from all colleges attended
  • GRE or MAT exam is no longer required for students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
    • *GRE/MAT waiver may be requested if an applicant has a 3.0 GPA or higher and at least 5 years of professional work experience
    • Students with a prior GPA below 3.0 must still  take an exam in accordance with Graduate School policy 
  • 3 references
  • Resume
  • Statement of Intent 
  • Short essay (750 words maximum) addressing the question, "What do you believe to be the most pressing issue facing higher education today?"

Deadlines for Application: 

On-Campus M.A.: IMPORTANT NOTE: The Higher Education Program will not be accepting on-campus applications for the Spring2021 or Summer 2021

  • Fall Term: February 1 (priority deadline), July 1 (final deadline) 
  • Spring Term: November 1 (priority deadline is October 1) IMPORTANT NOTE: We will only be accepting applications for non-degree-seeking students for the Spring/Summer of 2021. 
  • Summer Term: March 1 (priority deadline is February 1) IMPORTANT NOTE: We regret to inform the higher education program will only be accepting non-degree-seeking applications for Summer 2021.

App State Online Cohorts (M.A., Ed.S., Graduate Certificate):

  • Fall Term: February 1 (priority deadline), July 1 (final deadline) 
  • Note: We are currently only admitting online cohorts in fall semesters 

Minimum Conditions for Consideration of Admission

  • 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree 
  • 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level or above from the GRE or MAT

Meeting or exceeding the conditions above does NOT guarantee admission. All applications for a given entry term will be weighed based upon the number of seats available and the quality of the complete application packages. Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of applications are reviewed in comparison to the current applicant pool. With special permission from the Graduate School, a program may admit a limited number of students with exceptional circumstances who do not meet the graduate school minimums.

To start an application, click here.

For More Information

  • To see the Graduate Bulletin (2018-2019) program description and requirements, click here.
  • For information about the M.A. and Ed.S. programs, contact Dr. Andrew Koricich, Program Director at or 828-262-7232.
  • For information about the Graduate Certificate, Contact Dr. Krista Terry at or(828) 262-6052. 
  • For information about App State Online cohorts, contact or 800-355-4084.