Why Graduate School?

A graduate degree can:

      • Help you get that promotion;
      • Help you get that job that requires an advanced degree;
      • Help you be more competitive in the job market;
      • Help you change professions;
      • Help you earn more money and achieve greater job security.

Why Appalachian?

Everyone who visits the campus of Appalachian State University immediately notices something special about the campus, the students, the faculty, and staff. This is a campus where graduate students are valued and where everyone is welcomed to be part of the “Appalachian Family.” Graduate students are not a number here; rather, they are an integral part of the teaching and research community at Appalachian. At App, MASTER'S MATTER.

The Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies offers more than 50 graduate degree and certificate programs to help you achieve whatever goals or dreams you have!

Why Now?

            Why not? Apply now!


Graduate School News

6/15/15 Three graduate students and a faculty member from the Center for Appalachian Studies presented papers at an international mountain studies conference held at Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. [more]

2/26/15 The ASU Library Science graduate program has been designated an American Association of School Librarians Nationally Recognized Program. ASU now joins a group of programs across the nation that are recognized by AASL: http://www.ala.org/aasl/education/ncate/programs

1/16/15 Appalachian to offer Master of Science in Nursing: The UNC Board of Governors has approved a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program for Appalachian State University, which is pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Appalachian’s accrediting body. [more]

11/10/14 Kurt Reid (Library Science Student) has won the 2014 Jack B. Hefner Memorial Award, which is awarded to an individual with a disability "who has made significant contributions to enhancing quality of life for North Carolinians with intellectual and other developmental disabilities, individuals whose leadership, achievements, and lives advance a shared contemporary vision of life for people with disabilities and their families." The committee recognized Kurt's work on a Livebinder project he created for librarians to better serve the needs of patrons with autism.

10/27/14 Appalachian State University professor and child clinical psychologist Kurt D. Michael, who has spent his career working to improve mental health services for young people in rural areas, has earned the James E. Holshouser Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service from the UNC Board of Governors. [more]

9/29/14 An Appalachian Studies graduate student has created a mobile guidebook of Grayson Highlands State Park for Rakkup, a mobile phone app that sells climbing guidebooks for various locations across the country. [more]

9/25/14 The Marriage and Family Therapy Program has received the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals and Paraprofessionals grant award provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This grant will provide stipends for Marriage and Family Therapy interns operating at approved internship sites.

9/11/14 Kayla Murphy, a Master’s Degree student in Exercise Science with a concentration in Strength & Conditioning, was selected for a summer position working with the U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) at Fort Bragg in the Human Performance Department as a Strength & Conditioning Coach. [more]

9/11/14 Lowes Foods and the Appalachian State University Dietetic Internship Bring Nutritious Learning to Western North Carolina. [more]

9/11/14 Appalachian State University is listed No. 3 among top regional public universities in the South and No. 9 among public and private universities in the South in U.S. News and World Report’s 2015 Best Colleges rankings. [more]