Supplemental Information for Applications

Material Uploads

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.

Program

Requirement

Prompt /Details

Educational Leadership, EdD

Letter of Intent

Your letter of intent 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, and we will review it carefully as a sample of your writing ability. Please address the following, without exceeding 5 double-spaced pages. You may add an additional page for any references (using APA 7th edition citation style).
- What energizes you to pursue a doctorate in educational leadership? How would earning a doctorate advance your personal/professional goals?
- What educational problems are of greatest concern to you, given your context and standpoint as an educator? What experiences or theories have influenced your thinking about those problems?
- How would you describe your commitment to, and/or experience with, diversity, equity and inclusion in education? How does that experience inform your educational practice?
- How would doctoral study and dissertation research help you lead educational change, especially toward greater equity and social justice?

Educational Leadership, EdD

Proof of Licensure

Educational Administration Concentration Applicants: Provide a scanned copy of your current advanced principal license.

Clinical Psychology, PsyD

Personal Statement

In your statement, describe 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.

Educational Administration, EdS

Personal Statement

Please describe your current leadership experiences in a K-12 school setting. Reflect on one major leadership issue facing K-12 educators at this time, citing relevant scholarly sources.

Educational Administration, EdS

Proof of Licensure

Provide a scanned copy of your current advanced principal license

Higher Education, EdS

Personal Statement

How did your educational journey bring you here, and where do you wish this degree to take you in the future? Limit: 3 pages/750 words

Higher Education, EdS

Essay

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

Appalachian Studies, MA

Personal Statement

How would an MA degree in Appalachian Studies support your career and life goals?

Applied Data Analytics, MS

Personal Statement

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.

Athletic Training, MS

Personal Statement

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.

Athletic Training, MS

Observation Hours

Forty hours of 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. Log your hours on the form provided under the MS-AT Requirements section on this page and upload a scan of the completed form.

Biology, MS

Letter of Intent

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

Business Administration, MBA

Statement of Purpose

 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.

Curriculum Specialist, MA

Proof of Teaching Licensure

Provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license

Educational Media, MA

Proof of Teaching Licensure

Instructional Technology Specialist/K-12 Concentration Applicants: Provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license

Elementary Education, MA

Proof of Teaching Licensure

Provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license

English, MA

Personal Statement

Please explain 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).

English, MA

Writing Sample

Please provide a writing sample of at least 10 pages (double-spaced) demonstrating an ability to analyze texts and present critical research.

Exercise Science, MS

Personal Statement

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.

Geography, MA

Letter of Intent

Please provide and address specific reasons for your interest in the program. 

Health Administration, MHA

Personal Statement

Please describe 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?

Higher Education, MA

Personal Statement

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)

Higher Education, MA

Essay

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

History, MA

Personal Statement

Why do you wish to pursue a Master's Degree with us? (No page limit)

History, MA

Writing Sample

Submit an example of a research paper in which you make an argument using evidence of primary and secondary sources. (Minimum 6 pages/1500 words)

I/O Psychology, MA

Personal Statement

Please describe your academic and professional goals. Limit 2 pages/500 words

Mathematics, MA

Personal Statement

Please provide a personal statement (1-2 pages/250/500 words) explaining your interest in the MA program in mathematics and how the program relates to your career goals.

Mathematics, MA

Proof of Teaching Licensure

Secondary Teaching Concentration Applicants: Provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license

Middle Grades Education, MA

Proof of Teaching Licensure

Provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license

Nursing, MSN

Personal Statement

Submit a personal statement including career goals and philosophy of nursing. (no page limit)

Nursing, MSN

Proof of RN License

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

Nutrition, MS

Personal Statement

Public Health Nutrition Concentration Applicants:  In 500 - 750 words (the equivalent of 2 - 3 double-spaced pages), 1) describe your educational/career background, 2) tell us specifically why you have chosen to apply to this program, and 3) tell us how this program will help you address your career goals.

Political Science, MA

Personal Statement

Please submit an essay addressing your academic and professional goals, as well as your reasons for applying.

Psychology, MA

Personal Statement

Experimental Concentration Applicants: Describe your academic and professional goals along with your research interests and identify a potential mentor from the department faculty. 

Public Administration, MPA

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.

Reading Education, MA

Proof of Teaching Licensure

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

Romance Languages, MA

Writing Sample

A writing sample in the target language is also required.  The sample should be at least 5-7 pages in length and treat a topic re: culture, literature, or film with complexity and depth. 

Romance Languages, MA

Writing Sample

A writing sample in English is also required for international applicants.  The sample should be at least 5-7 pages in length and treat a topic re: culture, literature, or film with complexity and depth. 

Romance Languages, MA

Proof of Teaching Licensure

French K-12 Teaching Concentration Applicants: Provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license

Romance Languages, MA

Proof of Teaching Licensure

Spanish K-12 Teaching Concentration Applicants: Provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license

School Administration, MSA

Personal Statement

Please state 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. 

School Administration, MSA

Proof of Teaching Licensure

Provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license

Social Work, MSW

Personal Statement

Detailed description of Personal Statement Requirement can be found at: https://socialwork.appstate.edu/graduate-msw/admission

Special Education, MA

Proof of Teaching Licensure

Provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license

Speech-Language Pathology, MS

Personal Statement

Please provide a one-page personal statement in which you comment on your (1) undergraduate courses of study and performance; (2) goals and aspirations for graduate study in the SLP program; (3) if applicable,  post baccalaureate study and performance.

Technology, MS

Personal Statement

Write a 1-2 page (250/500 words) statement that describes your reasons for selecting the MS in Technology program at Appalachian State, and the goal(s) you hope to achieve through graduate study.

Aging, Health, and Society, Graduate Certificate

Letter of Intent

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

Appalachian Studies, Graduate Certificate

Personal Statement

How would the graduate certificate in Appalachian Studies support your career and life goals?

Climate Change, Graduate Certificate

Letter of Intent

Please provide and address specific reasons for your interest in the program.

French, Graduate Certificate

Writing Sample

A writing sample in the target language is also required.  The sample should be at least 5-7 pages in length and treat a topic re: culture, literature, or film with complexity and depth. 

French, Graduate Certificate

Writing Sample

A writing sample in English is also required for international applicants.  The sample should be at least 5-7 pages in length and treat a topic re: culture, literature, or film with complexity and depth. 

Gender, Womens, and Sexuality Studies, Graduate Certificate

Letter of Intent

Please provide a letter of intent explaining your education background and academic and career interests and plans, with an emphasis on how GWS coursework will enhance, complement or advance your current education and/or career plans.

Geographic Information Science, Graduate Certificate

Letter of Intent

Please provide and address specific reasons for your interest in the program. 

Instructional Technology Facilitation, Graduate Certificate

Proof of Teaching Licensure

Provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license

International Leadership, Graduate Certificate

Personal Statement

Please reflect on any past experiences you have had working, living or studying abroad. Please explain your current interest in participating in this program.

Music Theory Pedagogy Research and Practice, Graduate Certificate

Personal Statement

In a one page essay, provide a personal reflection that discusses meaningful teaching practices and approaches in the music theory or aural skills classroom environment, characteristics/attributes of an effective teacher, and your goals in pursuing the graduate certificate.

Nursing Education, Graduate Certificate

Proof of RN License

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

Planning, Graduate Certificate

Letter of Intent

Please provide and address specific reasons for your interest in the program. 

Public Health Nutrition Practice, Graduate Certificate

Personal Statement

In 250 - 500 words (the equivalent of 1 - 2 double-spaced pages), 1) describe your educational/career background, 2) tell us specifically why you have chosen to apply to the graduate certificate program in Public Health Nutrition, and 3) tell us how this program will help you address your career goals.

Rhetoric and Composition, Graduate Certificate

Personal Statement

Please explain the reasons for your interest in pursuing Rhetoric and Composition certificate program and your preparation for such study in 2 pages (500 words).

Rhetoric and Composition, Graduate Certificate

Writing Sample

Please provide an 10-15 page writing sample (2500-3750 words).

School Leadership, Graduate Certificate

Personal Statement

Please state 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. 

School Leadership, Graduate Certificate

Proof of Teaching Licensure

Provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license

Sociology, Graduate Certificate

Letter of Intent

Please provide a 1-2 page statement describing your relevant academic experiences, any work and/or volunteer experience in social/human services, and your reasons for applying to the program.

Spanish, Graduate Certificate

Writing Sample

A writing sample in the target language is also required.  The sample should be at least 5-7 pages in length and treat a topic re: culture, literature, or film with complexity and depth. 

Spanish, Graduate Certificate

Writing Sample

A writing sample in English is also required for international applicants.  The sample should be at least 5-7 pages in length and treat a topic re: culture, literature, or film with complexity and depth. 

Special Education, Graduate Certificate

Letter of Intent

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 Content Areas, Graduate Certificate

Proof of Teaching Licensure

Provide a scanned copy of your current teaching license