Applying - Off-campus and Online Programs

Interested in attending Appalachian by taking courses at one of our off-campus locations or online? Excellent!

The Application Process

The application process is the same for you as it is for any graduate applicant (with some exceptions - see program listing). You need to complete the on-line graduate admission application and submit all the usual documentation:

  • The on-line application and fee
  • official academic transcripts from all colleges and universities attended since high school, even if the courses transferred to another college; you don't need to order Appalachian transcripts -we can get those for you for free.
  • scores from the appropriate standardized test (GRE, GMAT, MAT);
  • letters of reference (3 for master's or specialist; 4 for doctoral);
  • any "supplemental" material requested by the program (a list).

We encourage you to read through the Directions for Applying before you start the process. That will help you to get all your information together before completing the on-line forms. Be reassured, though, that if you don't finish the application in one session, your data are saved on our secure server.

Available Programs

The faculty in each program that teaches off campus decides when to open a new cohort of students based upon demand in a particular location (or online) and upon available resources (often whether an existing cohort is ready to finish).

Because Appalachian's App State Online Office is always collecting information from interested people, the list of open programs and the location for those programs changes regularly.

  • Check the Graduate School's list of off-campus programs to see which programs are approved to be off campus or on line (but may not be accepting applications in your area right now). If you see one on this list that is not accepting applications for a cohort near you, be sure to let us know so we can keep up with the demand for new cohorts!
  • Check the App State Online website for the most current list of programs actively accepting applications in your area. Be careful when you read this list; it contains both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Off Campus (Field-based) Programs:

  • These programs require face-to-face meetings in one of the northwestern North Carolina counties, with classes held evenings and/or weekends to accommodate work-day schedules. Many of our off campus programs use web-assisted instruction to reduce the amount of face-to-face time.
  • Most off campus programs follow a cohort format: If enough demand is found in an area, a cohort of students is chosen from the applicant pool to work through the program together. Cohorts typically take courses year round, two courses at a time. To find out what off campus cohorts are under consideration for starting in the next several terms, check with App State Online.
  • Counties where we are currently teaching graduate programs: Avery, Catawba, Forsyth, Gaston, Yadkin

Online Programs:

More Questions?

Admission FAQs

Please don't hesitate to use the "contact us" link at the bottom of every page to ask questions or you can email You can also call (toll-free) 800-355-4084 to speak to someone in App State Online about off-campus program availability.