List of Academic Policies: M-R

Minors

A graduate (MA) minor consists of 8-12 semester hours in certain approved subjects and is intended to complement a the program of study for a master's degree. Those areas that offer approved minors are listed below, and the specific requirements are detailed in the section for the program in this bulletin.

  • Appalachian Studies (203/05.0199)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (445/13.1013)
  • English (235/23.0101)
  • Family and Consumer Sciences (527/19.0101)
  • Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies (146/05.0207)
  • Geography (241/45.0701)
  • History (248/54.0101)
  • Philosophy (104/38.0101)
  • Physics (272/40.0801)
  • Psychology (276/42.0101)
  • Religious Studies (105/38.0201/38.9999)
  • Romance Languages/French (222/16.0999)
  • Romance Languages/Spanish (223/16.0999)

Students wishing to pursue a graduate minor must inform the Graduate School and complete the required coursework. The coursework for the minor must be approved by the department housing the major and the department housing the minor. There are no restrictions on double counting courses in the major and the minor, except that students may not receive both a major and a minor in the same discipline.

National Board Certification Credit

Appalachian State University does not award graduate credit for certification by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS).

A graduate student enrolled in a graduate program while working concurrently on NBPTS certification may (with prior approval from the program and from the Reich College of Education) integrate, but not substitute, work toward certification with either elective or required coursework for the degree.

Non-Degree Coursework

Degree- or certificate-seeking students wishing to count a course taken at Appalachian prior to enrollment admission into the program: A student may, with permission of the program director, request approval from the Graduate School to include on a program of study up to 9 hours of graduate coursework taken as a graduate student at Appalachian prior to the term of admission into the degree or certificate program at Appalachian. These requests are not automatic and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. These hours are subject to the seven (7) year time limit requirement at graduation.

Applying ASU Graduate Certificate Credits Toward Degree Programs: Hours completed to meet the requirements of an earned Appalachian State University graduate certificate may potentially be applied toward a graduate degree within the same or closely related discipline. The hours must be applied in the degree Program of Study on a course-by-course basis andmust meet the appropriate standards for use in the degree. Certificate hours transferred may not exceed 50% of the total degree program requirements. If these hours are equal to or exceed 50% of the degree program requirements, additional transfer credits are not allowed.

Non-degree students wishing to take a graduate course: After admission as graduate non-degree, students must obtain permission from the instructor and either the department chair or graduate program director to enroll in a graduate course. This permission is not automatic, and several programs do not allow non-degree students to enroll in their courses. The form for this purpose is available from the Graduate School.

Off-Campus Courses

Courses offered off campus are specifically for field-based, cohort students. Students wishing to take coursework in a cohort other than their own may seek permission for entry to the course(s). Permission to enter is subject to approval by the academic coordinator (or department chairperson) of the cohort program. To request enrollment as a non-cohort member in a course(s) delivered to an off-campus cohort program, contact the Office of Distance Education (800.355.4084 or distance.appstate.edu). See "Field-Based Programs" for additional information.

Off-Campus Programs - See Field-Based Programs

Pass-Fail Option for Graduate Courses

Graduate students may not elect the Pass/Fail option for graduate coursework.

Probationary Status

After being suspended from graduate study for poor academic performance, a graduate student may appeal for a semester on probation. If the program and the Graduate School approve an appeal from the student, the student will be granted one semester to bring the GPA up to 3.0 or better or to remove failing grades. That student will be considered enrolled under probationary status during the post-appeal semester. Restrictions:

  • A student can have only one probationary term per degree program. If the student was admitted provisionally, the first term counts as the probationary term.
  • A student enrolled under probationary status cannot hold a graduate assistantship, fellowship, or NC Tuition Scholarship.
  • A transfer course may not be used to substitute for a course in which a student earned a grade of "F" at Appalachian.

Product of Learning

The product of learning is required for candidates seeking advanced licensure in classroom teacher education programs and may either replace the comprehensive examination or be required in addition to the examination, depending upon the particular program. Please see the specific program for details. Several rules govern the timing and approval process for the product:

  • Product of learning presentations must be completed no earlier than in the last 1/3 of the program.
  • The Product of Learning presentation must include practicing K-12 teachers and university faculty. The Product of Learning Report form must be signed by the chair of the student's committee, the graduate program director, and the department chair prior to submission to the Registrar's Office.
  • The report of successful product of learning presentation must be received by the Graduate Records staff in the Registrar's Office no later than the day before final exams begin in the term of graduation.

Proficiency Requirements

Candidates for many of the graduate degrees are expected to demonstrate proficiency in a skill required for research or practice in the field. These may include one or more of foreign language, computer science, statistics, or the use of technology. Please see the programs for specific information on these requirements.

Foreign Language. Reading knowledge of a foreign language may be required. Two years of successful college study in a language will meet the requirements. Students who have not completed two years of college credit must take a language examination, and should apply for the language examination directly to the chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures not later than three weeks before the date the examination is scheduled. The departmental chair will submit a report of the student's performance to the Graduate School. The Dean of the Graduate School will inform the student and the student's advisor by campus email whether the student has passed the examination.

Computer Science, Statistics. Students required to demonstrate proficiency in one of these areas should consult the departmental chairs in the Department of Computer Science or the Department of Mathematical Sciences. Typically, completing coursework in the area will satisfy proficiency.

Use of Technology. Students required to demonstrate proficiency in the use of technology should consult their program director for information.

Program of Study

Degree-seeking students: Students must work with their advisors on a program of study that follows the approved curriculum as described in this bulletin and presented in Degreeworks. All electives and any deviations from the approved curriculum must be submitted to the Graduate School for approval after receiving approval from the academic advisor and either the program director or department chair. All deviations in required coursework must be explained.

The following is a list of the credit limitations for programs of study for degree seeking students. Please refer to individual notations in this section for further information on each item.

  • The Graduate School must receive notification about program of study approval prior to completion of 50% of the minimum required hours for the program. Students who do not have approved programs by the deadline will be blocked from registering for additional coursework.
  • The program of study must include at least the number of hours required for the program as specified in this Bulletin. The program of study should include all required coursework as listed; substitutions must be approved by the advisor, program, and Graduate School.
  • The program of study may not include more than the allowed number of transfer hours (6 or 9 depending on the type of program). Transfer hours must be approved by the advisor, the program, and the Graduate School, and must have grades of "B" or better (note: B- is not an acceptable grade).
  • The program of study may not include more than nine (9) hours of coursework taken before the term of admission to the degree program. Use of these hours must be approved by the advisor, the program, and the Graduate School.
  • The program of study may not include more than six (6) hours of independent study (5500/6500/7500) and also no more than 25% of independent study (5500/6500/7500) and selected topics (5530-5549, 6530-6549, 7530-7549) coursework combined.
  • The program of study GPA must be at least 3.0, may not include any courses in which a grade of "F" or "U" was received, and may not include more than three (3) courses with C-level grades.
  • All coursework on the program of study must meet the seven (7) year time limitation at the date of graduation.
  • Courses numbered 5989 and 7989 may not be used on a program of study.

Certificate-seeking students: Students must work with their advisors on a program of study that follows the approved curriculum as described in this bulletin and presented in Degreeworks. Students must work with their advisors to submit the Notification of Certificate Completion form when they have completed the coursework required for the certificate. The following is a list of credit limitations for certificates. Please refer to individual notations in this section for further information on each item.

  • The program of study must include at least the number of hours required for the program as specified in this Bulletin.
  • The program of study should include all required coursework as listed; substitutions are strongly discouraged and must be approved in advance by the advisor, program, and Graduate School.
  • The program of study may not include more than 25% transfer hours. Transfer hours must be approved by the advisor, the program, and the Graduate School, and must have grades of "B" or better.
  • The program of study may not include more than nine (9) hours of coursework taken before the term of admission to the certificate program. Use of these hours must be approved by the advisor, the program, and the Graduate School.
  • The program of study may not include more than 25% of independent study coursework (5500/6500/7500), and not more than 50% independent study and selected topics (5530-5549, 6530-6549, 7530-7549) coursework combined.
  • The program of study GPA must be at least 3.0, and may not include any courses in which a grade of "F" or "U" was received.
  • All coursework on the program of study must meet the seven (7) year time limitation at the date of completion.
  • Courses numbered 5989 and 7989 may not be used on a program of study.

Qualifying Examination

Doctoral programs require acceptable performance on a qualifying examination prior to registering for dissertation credit. More detail on the qualifying examination may be found at
http://edl.appstate.edu/current-students/qualifying-examinations.

Registration

Graduate students register at the time specified on the University's academic calendar. Students must register for standard courses through the Appalnet Registration Self-Service area.

Registration material and instructions are available from the Registrar's website (http://www.registrar.appstate.edu). Students may adjust schedules during the drop-add period, which is the first five days of classes during the Fall and Spring semesters, and the first day of class in each Summer session.

Repeat Rule

No more than one Program of Study course may be excluded from the GPA by repeating it once for a higher grade. The hours for the first program of study course that is repeated will automatically be excluded.

The second grade always stands for a repeated course. The hours earned will be counted only once if both grades are passing. If the second grade is "F", the hours earned for the first course will be discounted. A student may not graduate with an "F" or "U" on the Program of Study.

Research Credit (Courses Numbered 5989/7989)

Graduate courses numbered 5989/7989 were designed primarily to fulfill an enrollment requirement of one credit hour for graduation or for access to facilities needed to complete research for a thesis, product of learning or other capstone experience. The 5989/7989 course number may also be used by a student who needs full-time status, provided that the student meets the following criteria: a) the student has already completed all required and elective course work; and b) the student is actively engaged in research for a thesis, product of learning, and/or other capstone course.

  • A student may enroll in one to three (1-3) hours of courses numbered 5989/7989 during any given semester to count toward full-time status for a tuition remission, a scholarship, or an assistantship.
  • Graduate courses numbered 5989/7989 cannot be included for credit in a program of study.
  • A student will be charged the regular tuition rate for course work numbered 5989/7989 used toward full-time status rather than as the continuous enrollment requirement (reserved for students whose only graduation shortage is either a thesis or product of learning defense, or a comprehensive exam).