Application Process


Information on requirements for admission and application materials can be found on the Graduate School's website. The Dean of the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School is responsible for the admission of all graduate students. All degree-seeking students taking graduate courses must make formal application to the Graduate School prior to enrolling in any graduate course work.

Application for admission can be completed online through the Graduate School.

The deadline for fall admission is July 1.  However, applicants are encouraged to apply by March 15 if they wish to be considered for graduate assistantships or scholarships. 


Application Deadlines

  • Spring: November 1

  • Summer Session 1: April 1

  • Summer Session 2: April 1

  • Fall: July 1 (Priority deadline: March 15)


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 online 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.


Accelerated Master's Program

The accelerated Master's program allows qualified undergraduate students to count coursework toward both their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Students from any major with a GPA of 3.4 or higher are eligible to be nominated for the accelerated program. Nominated students must have earned 90 credit hours before they can begin taking graduate courses. During their senior year, admitted students are permitted to take up to 12 hours total of graduate coursework.

Interested students should talk to their academic advisor and contact the MA Program Director, Dr. Tatyana Ruseva. More information can be found on the Graduate School's website and on our brochure


Application Essentials

Required Entrance Exam: GRE (score must be no more than 5 years old); unless waived

  • The standardized exam (GRE) is waived for applicants with:

    • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher or a master’s degree from an accredited institution from the last 5 years; AND
    • A sample of written work (This should be a paper representative of your best work, preferably under 25 pages; if you are uncertain about what to send, contact the Program Director.)

Required number of references: 3

Resume: Required upload for application submission

Essay: Addressing academic and professional goals, as well as reasons for applying.

Transcripts: 3.0 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores from the appropriate admission test(s), OR 2.5 GPA in the last earned degree and official scores at the 25th percentile level from the appropriate admission test(s).

Consideration of Admission: Both qualitative and quantitative aspects of applications are reviewed in comparison to the current applicant pool.


Appalachian State University Graduate School Contact Info

Graduate School Admissions

Victoria Carlberg

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