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 not taking applications for the teaching or adult development concentrations at this time.


  • 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

Required Items

  • Transcripts from all colleges attended
  • GRE or MAT (official scores no more than 5 years old are required)
    • *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
  • 3 references
  • Resume
  • Statement of Intent 

Deadlines for Application


App State Online Cohorts:

  • Fall Term: February 1

Basic Conditions for Consideration of Admission

  • 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from the GRE or MAT
  • 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.

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