Supplemental Information for Application

In addition to the application form, resume, and transcripts, many programs require materials such as statements of intent, writing samples, and licensure documentation. Check the list below to see what is needed for each program. Please read carefully. You will be provided an area in the application to upload each supplemental item separately. If not otherwise indicated in the Prompts/Details section, items should be limited to 2 pages (500 words) in length.

Master's Programs

Program Supplemental Information
Accounting: Master of Science Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed.

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

Appalachian Studies: Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Provide a two-page personal statement explaining your academic and professional goals in the chosen concentration and the value of regional studies to the  compemproary world.
  • Work Sample: Due to the interdisciplinary and community-based nature of Appalachian Studies, a work sample can include written work such as essays, articles, short stories or scripts; music recordings or documentation of performances; sample films, photopgraphy, or websites; or reflections on community engagement projects. Collaborative projects are welcome; however, prospective students must specifically describe their participation in any collaborative work samples submitted with their application.

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

Applied Data Analytics: Master of Science Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement (min 1 page and not more than 2 pages) should cover why you are interested in the MSADA program; your short term/long term goals and any extenuating circumstances (if any) that the admissions committee should know.

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

Athletic Training: Master of Science Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Please upload a personal statement that includes the following: 1) your insight into what is involved in becoming and practicing as an Athletic Trainer, 2) your reflection on the observation hours obtained, 3) your professional goals and how the MS-AT degree will help you achieve those goals, 4) if you are interested in research, also include the faculty member(s) with whom you are most interested in working.
  • Clinical observation/shadowing under the direct supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer. You are advised to observe a variety of activities, events, and athletic training settings.

Required 2 Letters of Recommendation

Biology: Master of Science Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Provide a personal statement for Biology should fully develop the following points (no page limit):
    •  Describe how your academic background prepares you for graduate school
    • Describe your interest in Biology and conversations you've had with members of the Biology Department with research in your area of interest
    • Provide research and work experience that you've had that will assist in working towards a Master of Science Degree
    • How do you see a MS Degree from Appalachian State University contributing to your career goals?

Required 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • At least one reference letter must be from a faculty member at the applicant's undergraduate degree-granting institution.

Additional Admission Requirement

  • Commitment from a Biology faculty member to chair the applicant's thesis committee.
Business Administration: MBA Degree Program

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please upload a 1-2 page (500/750 words), single-spaced Personal Statement on what has prompted your interest in obtaining an MBA in Business Administration degree, and what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian in particular? What professional plans or ambitions do you have once you have completed your master's degree? If there are any extenuating circumstances in your record that you would like to share with the admissions committee, please add in this statement.

Required 3 letters of recommendation

Clinical Mental Health Counseling: Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling questionnaire submitted as part of the online application.

This questionnaire provides the department with important information regarding your goals and reasons for applying to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation


Computer Science: Master of Science Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed.

Required 3 letters of recommendation

Curriculum Specialist: Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplmental Materials

  • Proof of Teaching Licensure: Please provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license.

Required 3 letters of recommendation

Elementary Education: Master of Arts Degree (currently inactive)

No additional supplemental material uploads needed beyond the requirements for a complete application.

Engineering Physics: Master of Science Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed.

Required 3 letters of recommendation

English: Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please upload a personal statement explaining the reasons for your interest in pursuing a Master's in English and your preparation for such study in 2-3 pages (500-750 words).
  • Writing Sample: Please provide a writing sample of at least 10 pages (double-spaced) demonstrating an ability to analyze texts and present critical research.

Required 2 letters of recommendation

Exercise Science: Master of Science Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a personal statement on how will a graduate degree in Exercise Science from Appalachian State fit into your career aspirations? Please indicate 1-2 faculty members you would be interested in working with as a graduate student and explain why.

Required 3 letters of recommendation

Geography: Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a personal statement (1 to 2 pages) in which you describe the reasons that you want to pursue a graduate degree in Geograpy at Appalachian State University.

Required 3 letters of recommendation

Health Administration: Master of Health Administration Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a personal statement describing how the MHA at Appalachian State University will help you achieve your career goals. Describe your career and experiences to this point. How will they contribute to what you hope to gain, and how can your skills and experiences contribute to the Appalachian State University MHA program learning environment?

Required 3 letters of recommendation

Higher Education: Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a personal statment describing why do you wish to pursue an MA in Higher Education, and where do you hope it will take you? Limit: 2-3 pages (500/750 words).
  • Essay: In 750 words or less, describe what you believe to be the most important issue facing higher education right now and why.

Required 2 letters of recommendation

  • One recommendation must be from a recent faculty member or supervisor.
History: Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a personal statment stating the reasons you wish to attend Appalachian State's History program. 
  • Writing Sample: Please provide an example of a research paper in which you make an argument using evidence of primary and secondary sources. (Minimum 6 pages/1500 words).

Required 3 letters of recommendation

Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management: Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • IOHRM questionnaire submitted as part of the online application

This questionnaire provides the department with important informaiton regarding your goals and reasons for applying to the Industrial-Organizational Psychology and  Human Resource Management (IOHRM) program. 

Required 3 letters of recommendation


Library Science: Master of Library Science Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed

Required 2 Letters of Recommendation

Literacy Education: Master of Arts

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Classroom/Clinical Concentration Applicants: Provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

Marriage and Family Therapy: Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplemental Material

  • Marriage and Family Therapy questionnaire submitted as part of the online application.

This questionnaire provides the department with important information regarding your goals and reasons for applying to the Marriage and Family Therapy program.

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

  • If you are a recent graduate, one reference must be a professor.



Mathematics: Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Provide a personal statement (1-2 pages/250/500 words) discussing yoru interest in and fit for our program. In particular, highlight your professional goals and explain how our program can help you achieve them.

Required 2 Letters of Recommendation

Media, Technology, & Learning Design: Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Proof of Teaching Licensure: Instructional Technology K-12 Facilitation Concentration Applicants please provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license

Required 2 Letters of Recommendation

Middle Grades Education: Master of Arts Degree (currently inactive)

Proof of Teaching Licensure

Provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license.

Music Performance: Master of Music Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

Music Therapy: Master of Music Therapy Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Music Therapy questionnaire submitted as part of the online application

This questionnaire provides the department with important information regarding your goals and reasons for applying to the Masters of Music Therapy program.

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

  • Recommendations must be from professors and/or supervisors
Nursing: Master of Science in Nursing Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a personal statement including career goals and philosophy of nursing. (no page limit)
  • Proof of Licensure: Please provide a scanned copy of your current, unrestricted RN license for North Carolina or a state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) with North Carolina

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

Nutrition (Dietetics): Master of Science Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed

Required 2 Letters of Recommendation

Nutrition (Public Health Nutrition Practice): Master of Science Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a personal statment, 500 - 750 words (the equivalent of 2 - 3 double-spaced pages), discussing the following:
    • 1) describe your educational/career background
    •  2) tell us specifically why you have chosen to apply to this program
    • 3) tell us how this program will help you address your career goals

 

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

Occupational Therapy (MS)

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Observation Hours
  • Occupational Therapy questionnaire submitted as part of the online application.

This questionnaire provides the department with important information regarding your goals and reasons for applying to the Occupational Therapy program.

Required 2 Letters of Recommendation

Political Science: Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please submit a two-page statement of intent explaining applicant's academic and professional goals in chosen concentration.

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

Professional School Counseling: Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Professional School Counseling questionnaire submitted as part of the online application.

This questionnaire provides the department with important information regarding your goals and reasons for applying to the Professional School Counseling program.

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

Psychology (Psychological Science Concentration): Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Submit a personal statement, not exceeding two pages, describing the applicant's academic and professional goals,including research interests and identify a potential mentor from the Psychology faculty.

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

Public Administration: Master of Public Administration Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please upload a 2-3 page, double-spaced Personal Statement on what has prompted your interest in obtaining an MPA degree, and what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian State in particular. What professional plans or ambitions do you have once you have completed your Master's degree? What skills and competencies would you like to gain while in the MPA program? Please be as specific as possible.

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

Public Health: Master of Public Health

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a personal statement, 500 - 750 words (the equivalent of 1 - 2 double-spaced pages), discussing the following:
    • describe your educational/career background
    •  specific reasons why you have chosen to apply to the MPH program
    • how this program will help you address your career goals

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

Romance Languages: Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Writing Sample: Please provide a writing sample in the target language is required. It should be analytical and demonstrate nuanced thinking and expository skills. The suggested length is 4-7 double-spaced pages.
  • Proof of Teaching Licensure: French / Spanish K-12 Teaching Concentrations please provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license

Required 2 Letters of Recommendation

School Administration: Master of School Administration Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a personal statment, in not more than two pages, describing your leadership philosophy as an educator. What are your career goals for the next five years?
  • Proof of Teaching Licensure: Please provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license.

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

  • At least one reference letter must be from your current school principal or immediate supervisor.
Social Work: Master of Social Work Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: To evaluate suitability for the MSW Program and the social work profession, writing skills, and English proficiency. Required format: 12 point font, double-spaces, one inch margins, 3-4 pages maximum
    • Discuss the personal and professional experiences that led to the development of your interest in and commitment to a career in social work. Include the particular aspects of social work that you would like to pursue as a professional and why.
    • The National Association of Social Worker’s (NASW) Code of Ethics is based on six ethical principles, also referred to as the core values.  Please discuss how all of these core values will inform your practice.
    • Our MSW Program has two concentrations (Individuals and Families, and Community and Organizational Practice) and a crossover design.  Which concentration are you leaning toward, and why?  How will the concentration you did not choose inform your social work practice?
  • NOTE: If you are applying to the Advanced Standing program you should indicate this by including a personal statement for entry into the advanced standing program within your personal statement. The personal statement should include information about how your BSW studies and field experience prepared you for the Advanced Standing Program.

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

  • Recommendation letters must either be academic or professional (either work or volunteer positions)
Special Education: Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Proof of Teaching Licensure: Please provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license.

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

Speech-Language Pathology: Master of Science Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Observation Hours: In-field students only; Out-of-field students will acquire observation hours while in the program
  • Video Submission
    • In your video, introduce yourself, tell us your undergraduate major and what university you attend (ed). Then, we would like you to teach us how to do something. Your topic does not have to be related to speech language pathology. It can be something you do everyday, a hobby, related to work experience or just anything you enjoy. We will be evaluating your ability to effectively communicate
  • Speech Language Pathology questionnaire submitted as part of the online application.

This questionnaire provides the department with important information regarding your goals and reasons for applying to the Speech Language Pathology program

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation


Student Affairs Administration: Master of Arts Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional suplmental materials needed

 

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

Technology: Master of Science Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a  1-2 page (250/500 words) statement describing your reasons for selecting the MS in Technology program at Appalachian State, and the goal(s) you hope to achieve through graduate study.

Required 2 Letters of Recommendation

Program Supplemental Information
Addiction Counseling Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Addiction Counseling questionnaire submitted as part of the online application.

This questionnaire provides the department with important information regarding your goals and reasons for applying to the Addiction Counseling program

Appalachian Studies Certificate

This program is currently not available for 2024-2025

Autism Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed.
Birth through Kindergarten Graduate Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed.
Climate Change Certificate

Required Supplmental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a 1-2 page personal statement describing the reasons you wish to pursue a graduate certificate in Geography at Appalachian State University.

Required 2 Letters of Recommendation

College and University Teaching Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed.
Digital Media Literacy Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed.
Elementary Education Graduate Certificate

Required Supplmental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a personal statement describing why you have chosen to pursue the Elementary Education Graduate Certificate at Appalachian State University.
Elementary Mathematics Education Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed.
Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Graduate Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed.
Expressive Arts Therapy Certificate

Required Supplmental Materials

  • Expressive Arts Therapy questionnaire submitted as part of the online application.

This questionnaire provides the department with important information regarding your goals and reasons for applying to the Expressive Arts Therapy program.

French Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Writing Sample: Please provide a writing sample in the target language is required. It should be analytical and demonstrate nuanced thinking and expository skills. The suggested length is 4-7 double-spaced pages.

Required 2 Letters of Recommendation

Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed.
Geographic Information Science Certificate

Required Supplmental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a 1-2 page personal statement describing the reasons you wish to pursue a graduate certificate in Geography at Appalachian State University.

Required 2 Letters of Recommendation

Health and Physical Education Graduate Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a personal statement, 1 to 2 pages in length, describing your current teaching situation (school where employed, subject and grade levels taught) and the reason you are seeking teacher licensure in Health and Physical Education.
  • Proof of Employment: Please provide proof of employment in a K-12 health or physical education teaching position at a NC school. This can include a letter from the school or a Residency License Verification form completed by your school human resources department.
Instructional Technology Facilitation Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Proof of Licensure: Please provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license.
Instructional Technology Leadership Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed.

*Please note, a masters degree is required for this program.

Literacy Education Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Proof of Licensure: Please provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license.
Middle and Secondary Teaching Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Middle and Secondary Teaching Certificate questionnaire submitted as part of the online application.

This questionnaire provides the department with important information regarding your goals and reasons for applying to the Middle and Secondary  Teaching Certificate program.

Non-profit Administration Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed.
Nursing Education Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Proof of RN License: Please provide a scanned copy of your current, unrestricted RN license for North Carolina or a state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) with North Carolina.
Online Design, Communication and Engagement Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed.
Planning Certificate

Required Supplmental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a 1-2 page personal statement describing the reasons you wish to pursue a graduate certificate in Geography at Appalachian State University.

Required 2 Letters of Recommendation

Public Health Nutrition Practice Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a personal statment, 500 - 750 words (the equivalent of 2 - 3 double-spaced pages), discussing the following:
    • 1) describe your educational/career background
    •  2) tell us specifically why you have chosen to apply to this program
    • 3) tell us how this program will help you address your career goals
Rhetoric and Composition Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • No additional supplemental materials needed

Required 2 Letters of Recommendation


School Leadership Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a personal statement describing your  personal philosophy of leadership, and explain its development, citing readings, resources, and other references that have influenced your thinking to this point. Explain how this program will further your career goals.
  • Proof of Teaching Licensure: Please provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license

Required 2 Letters of Recommendation

  • At least one reference letter must be from your current school principal or immediate supervisor.
Sociology Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a 1-2 page statement describing your relevant academic, work or volunteer experience, and your reasons for applying to the program.
Spanish Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Writing Sample: Please provide a writing sample in the target language is required. It should be analytical and demonstrate nuanced thinking and expository skills. The suggested length is 4-7 double-spaced pages.

Required 2 Letters of Recommendation

Special Education Graduate Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Personal Statement: Please indicate in a couple of paragraphs: why you are applying for a graduate certificate in special education, what teaching experience you have, and whether or not you are currently employed as a teacher.
    •  If you are applying under a residency program, please provide the contact information for your school administration and/or HR representative.
    • If you are not currently employed as a teacher, please include contact information for a professional reference (current employer preferred) with whom the program can discuss your qualifications.
Teaching Emergent Bilingual Populations in the Content Areas Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Proof of Teaching Licensure: Please provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license

Dual Degree

Program Supplemental Information
Applied Data Analytics - Interdisciplinary Analytics Concentration, MS and Business Administration - Interdisciplinary Business Concentration, MBA

Personal Statement

Personal Statement (min 1 page and not more than 2 pages) should cover why you are interested in the dual degree (MBA and MSADA) program, what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian in particular, your short term/long term goals and any extenuating circumstances (if any) that the admissions committee should know.

Applied Data Analytics - Interdisciplinary Concentration, MS and Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management, MA

Personal Statement

Personal Statement (min 1 page and not more than 2 pages) should cover why you are interested in the dual degree (MSADA+IOHRM) program, what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian in particular, your short term/long term goals and any extenuating circumstances (if any) that the admissions committee should know.

Questionnaire

You will be prompted to submit responses to a questionnaire as part of the online application.

The IOHRM questionnaire provides the program with important information regarding your goals and reasons for applying.

Applied Data Analytics - Interdisciplinary Concentration, MS and Public Administration - Not-for-Profit Management Concentration, MPA

Personal Statement

Personal Statement (min 1 page and not more than 2 pages) should cover why you are interested in the dual degree (MSADA+MPA) program, what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian in particular, your short term/long term goals and any extenuating circumstances (if any) that the admissions committee should know.

Applied Data Analytics - Interdisciplinary Concentration, MS and Public Administration - Public Management Concentration, MPA

Personal Statement

Personal Statement (min 1 page and not more than 2 pages) should cover why you are interested in the dual degree (MSADA+MPA) program, what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian in particular, your short term/long term goals and any extenuating circumstances (if any) that the admissions committee should know.

Applied Data Analytics - Interdisciplinary Concentration, MS and Public Administration - Town, City and County Management Concentration, MPA

Personal Statement

Personal Statement (min 1 page and not more than 2 pages) should cover why you are interested in the dual degree (MSADA+MPA) program, what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian in particular, your short term/long term goals and any extenuating circumstances (if any) that the admissions committee should know.

Business Administration - Interdisciplinary Business Concentration, MBA and Higher Education - Community College and University Leadership Concentration, MA

Statement of Purpose

Please upload a 1-2 page (500/750 words), single-spaced Personal Statement on what has prompted your interest in obtaining a dual degree (MBA and Higher Education), and what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian in particular? What professional plans or ambitions do you have once you have completed your master's degree? If there are any extenuating circumstances in your record that you would like to share with the admissions committee, please add in this statement.

Essay

In 750 words or less, describe what you believe to be the most important issue facing higher education right now and why.

Business Administration - Interdisciplinary Business Concentration, MBA and Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management, MA

Statement of Purpose

Please upload a 1-2 page (500-750 words), single-spaced Personal Statement on what has prompted your interest in obtaining a dual degree (MBA and MA in IOHRM), and what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian in particular? What professional plans or ambitions do you have once you have completed your master's degree? If there are any extenuating circumstances in your record that you would like to share with the admissions committee, please add in this statement.

Questionnaire

You will be prompted to submit responses to a questionnaire as part of the online application.

The IOHRM questionnaire provides the program with important information regarding your goals and reasons for applying.

Business Administration - Interdisciplinary Business Concentration, MBA and Public Administration - Public Management Concentration, MPA

Statement of Purpose

Please upload a 1-2 page (500-750 words), single-spaced Personal Statement on what has prompted your interest in obtaining a dual degree (MBA and MPA), and what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian in particular?What professional plans or ambitions do you have once you have completed your master's degree? If there are any extenuating circumstances in your record that you would like to share with the admissions committee, please add in this statement.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling, MA and Music Therapy, MMT

Questionnaires

You will be prompted to submit responses to a questionnaire for each program as part of the online application.  

The admissions questionnaires provide the departments with important information regarding your goals and reasons for applying.

Engineering Physics - Systems and Laboratory Automation Concentration, MS and Applied Data Analytics - Interdisciplinary Analytics Concentration, MS

Personal Statement

Personal Statement (min 1 page and not more than 2 pages) should cover why you are interested in this dual degree program; your short term/long term goals and any extenuating circumstances (if any) that the admissions committee should know.

Library Science (MLS) and Media, Technology, and Learning Design - Instructional Technology Specialist/K-12 Concentration (MA)

No additional supplemental material uploads needed beyond the requirements for a complete application.

Mathematics - College Teaching Concentration, MA and Engineering Physics - Systems and Laboratory Automation Concentration, MS

No additional supplemental material uploads needed beyond the requirements for a complete application.

Political Science - American Government Concentration, MA and Applied Data Analytics - Interdisciplinary Concentration, MS

Personal Statement

Personal Statement (min 1 page and not more than 2 pages) should cover why you are interested in the dual degree (MAPS+MSADA) program, what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian in particular, your short term/long term goals and any extenuating circumstances (if any) that the admissions committee should know.

Political Science - Environmental Politics and Policy Analysis Concentration, MA and Applied Data Analytics - Interdisciplinary Concentration, MS

Personal Statement

Personal Statement (min 1 page and not more than 2 pages) should cover why you are interested in the dual degree (MAPS+MSADA) program, what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian in particular, your short term/long term goals and any extenuating circumstances (if any) that the admissions committee should know.

Political Science - International Relations/Comparative Politics Concentration, MA and Applied Data Analytics - Interdisciplinary Concentration, MS

Personal Statement

Personal Statement (min 1 page and not more than 2 pages) should cover why you are interested in the dual degree (MAPS+MSADA) program, what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian in particular, your short term/long term goals and any extenuating circumstances (if any) that the admissions committee should know.

Technology - Appropriate Technology Concentration, MS and Engineering Physics - Systems and Laboratory Automation Concentration, MS

No additional supplemental material uploads needed beyond the requirements for a complete application.

Certificate Programs

Program Supplemental Information
Career & Technical Education Graduate Certificate

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Career and Technical Education Teaching Certificate questionnaire submitted as part of the online application.

This questionnaire provides the department with important information regarding your goals and reasons for applying to the Career and Technical Education Teaching Certificate program.

Doctoral Programs

Program Supplemental Information
Clinical Psychology: Doctor of Psychology Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

  • Personal Statement: Please provide a personal statment describing your professional interests, expectations from the doctoral program, and career goals (< 2 single-spaced typed pages). You should consider reflecting on some of the following areas in your statement:
    • What experiences have prepared you for graduate study in clinical psychology?
    • How do your professional goals match our program, including our focus on serving clients in rural and/or underserved areas?
    • What personal characteristics do you possess that you believe are important to the practice of psychology?
    • How does your clinical orientation/philosophy fit with that of our specific faculty members?
    • How do your research interests fit with that of our faculty?
    • If you believe that any part of your application does not accurately reflect your academic skills or preparation for graduate school in psychology (e.g., GRE, GPA, etc.), please address this in your personal statement.

 

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

Educational Leadership: Doctor of Education Degree

Required Supplemental Materials

Personal Statement: Your personal statement gives us a window into your history, motivation, and goals for doctoral study, as well as your voice as a writer. It must be original work, written in your own words.  In our application review process, we will review it carefully as a sample of your writing ability.

Please provide a personal statement addressing the following questions without exceeding 6 double-spaced pages. In doing so, consider how you might respond in an integrated manner, in a way that tells your story, rather than responding to each question separately.  You may add an additional page for any references using APA 7th edition citation style.

  • What motivates you to pursue a doctorate in educational leadership, and why at Appalachian?  At this point in your life/career, why is doctoral study worth the significant investment required?

  • What contemporary educational problems/issues do you care most about, given your context and standpoint as an educational leader?    

  • What theories or research have influenced your thinking about those problems/issues?  How do you envision that your future scholarship could support change?

  • How prepared do you feel to be successful in a doctoral program, given the intense reading, thinking, reflection and writing expected?  

  • How would your membership in our academic community support the vision and/or core values of Appalachian State University?  

  • What else would you like to tell us about your unique background, strengths, commitments, and preparation to pursue an EdD?

Required 3 Letters of Recommendation

Specialist Programs

Program Supplemental Information
School Psychology: Master of Arts & Specialist in School Psychology Dual Degree Program
  • Required Supplemental Materials

    • School Psychology questionnaire submitted as part of the online application.

    This questionnaire provides the department with important information regarding your goals and reasons for applying to the School Psychology program.

    Required 3 Letters of Recommendation