Supplemental Information for Applications

Material Uploads

In addition to the application form, resume, and transcripts, several departments require materials such as statements of intent and/or writing samples. 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 Requirement item separately. If not stated 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

The Educational Leadership program requires a letter of intent as an example of your writing ability. Please address the following points without exceeding five double-spaced pages: 1) Your purposes for pursuing a doctoral degree and your future professional goals; 2) Your major academic and research area interests; 3) Any issues or problems evident in your community that you believe can be addressed by relevant research skills and scholarly inquiry; 4) Scholars and educational leaders who have influenced your own thinking and practice; 5) Your understanding of the ways that doctoral education can help you to lead educational change and bring necessary knowledge to bear on the  needs of communities.

Clinical Psychology, PsyD

Personal Statement

Please describe your academic interests, experience in psychology, career goals, and reasons you are a strong candidate for the Psy.D. program.  Limit: less than 2 double-spaced typed pages (< 500 words)

Educational Administration, EdS

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. 

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

Appalachian Studies, MA

Personal Statement

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

Applied Data Analytics, MS

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 MS in Applied Data Analytics 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.

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.

Biology, MS

Letter of Intent

Please detail your graduate plans and expectations. 

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

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 an 8-10 page writing sample (2000-2500 words).

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 your professional experiences and career goals in heatlh care. Limit 2 pages/500 words

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)

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

International Leadership

Personal Statement

Please provide a 2 - 3 page (12 pt font, Times New Roman, APA (6th Ed.) style) personal statement explaining your interest in pursuing a Graduate Certificate in International Leadership. Please include any prior international experience, although this is not a requirement.

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. 

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.