Application Process

How do I begin the graduate school application process?

Applicants for admission to the M.A. Program in political science must provide three letters of references, transcripts from each undergraduate institution attended, GRE scores, and must complete an on-line application. The on-line application can be started by clicking the highlighted link or by visiting the ASU Graduate School Website. International students should review the Graduate School's information regarding special application deadlines and requirements for international student applicants.

What is the deadline for applications?

We accept students for both the Fall and Spring semesters. The deadline for admissions is 8 weeks prior to the start of the Fall/Spring semester which you begin your studies. Under special circumstances late applications are accepted and students can be granted provisional acceptance. Applications are accepted as early as 10 months prior to the start of each semester. For students interested in financial assistance, fellowships, and/or graduate assistantships we encourage you to apply as early as possible. There is a deadline of February 15th for several of the University wide scholarships and fellowships.

What is the GRE and GPA requirements for admission?

Our department's admissions decision is primarily based on the following formula: (undergraduate GPA x 400) + GRE Verbal + GRE Quantitative. The minimum score for regular admission under this formula is 2000. In addition to the noted formula score, the admissions committee carefully evaluates letters of reference and each students overall academic record.

What financial assistance is available?

A limited number of research and teaching assistantships are available in the department and are awarded on a competitive basis. The assistantships pay $3,500.00 per semester and require 20 hours of work per week throughout the academic semester. Graduate assistants are assigned to work with one or two faculty members in the Department of Government and Justice Studies to assist faculty with research projects, instructional responsibilities, and occasionally other duties relevant to the department. Assistantship awards are typically announced in May of each calendar year. The graduate school and department of student development also have a number of scholarships and assistantships available and we encourage students to apply. February 15th is the deadline for many of these assistantships. Additional information regarding these funding opportunities can be found at the Graduate School's assistantships page and Student Development's assistantships page. Finally, additional information regarding federal financial aid, out of state tuition waivers, and other financial assistance can be found on the Graduate School's financial assistance page.

What is the cost of tuition and fees?

The cost of tuition and fees for in-state full-time graduate students is $2,371.00 (Fall 2008) per semester. Out of state tuition and fees per semester is $7,320.50. Additional information regarding tution and fees can be attained from Office of Student Accounts. Additional information regarding eligibility for in-state tution can be attained from the Office of the Registrar.

Appalachian State University Graduate School Contact Info

Graduate School Admissions

Victoria Carlberg and Dontrell Parson

232 John E. Thomas Hall
Boone, NC 28608
Phone: (828)262-2130
Fax: (828)262-2709