Appalachian State University enrolls over 1,500 students who are seeking graduate degrees at the Master, Specialist, or Doctoral level.  With over 45 distinct programs to choose from, the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School offers students the opportunity to find the specialization that best suits their personal and professional goals.  Many of Appalachian's graduate programs are recognized on the regional, national, and international level as premier preparation programs.

Appalachian State University offers two Master's programs to help prepare students for professional careers in Student Affairs.  Both of these programs are recognized throughout the region and nation as premier programs.  Both programs are housed in the Reich College of Education and are designed to integrate theory and practice.  For assistance in determining which program meets your needs and future career goals, please contact the chair of the relevant department.

Master of Arts in College Student Development

The Master of Arts in College Student Development prepares students to work in a variety of Student Affairs functional areas at colleges and universities.  Recent graduates have secured employment in Career Development, First Year Student Programs, Orientation, Residence Life, Service Learning, Student Activities, Leadership Development, Learning Assistance Programs, Academic Advising, and many other areas.  The Master of Arts in College Student Development offers two concentrations:  Student Affairs Practice and College Outdoor Program Administration.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Catherine Clark
Department of Human Development & Psychological Counseling
Reich College of Education

Master of Arts in Higher Education

The Master of Arts in Higher Education program offers a variety of concentrations designed to prepare students for careers in higher education, community and technical colleges, and other postsecondary institutions and agencies.  These programs are available at both the Master's and Educational Specialist's levels.  Founded in 1968, the Higher Education graduate programs are designed to help persons obtain employment in their chosen fields, to strengthen the credentials of persons already working in the field, or to enter advanced graduate study.  The programs include specializations in Administration, Adult Education, Developmental Education, and Teaching.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Vachel Miller
Program Director
Higher Education

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Applying to Graduate School

In order to be considered for a graduate assistantship in the Division of Student Affairs, candidates must have applied to and subsequently be admitted to and enrolled in a graduate degree program at Appalachian State University.  Applicants for the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School must:

  • Create an account
  • Complete the online application
  • Pay a $55 non-refundable, non-deductible application processing fee
  • Submit three letters of recommendation
  • Submit official test scores as required for the program selected (code 5010)
  • Submit official transcripts from all previous postsecondary academic work
  • Submit a résumé

Important Notes
  • Some programs may require additional application materials (i.e., a personal statement)
  • Preference will be given to candidates who have completed the Graduate School Application by the stated deadline


A number of scholarships may be available to assist you with the finances of graduate school.  You can find scholarship offerings on the Cratis D. Williams Graduate School website and decide which options may be right for you.

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Application opens Sep. 1, 2017
Priority deadline is Dec. 1, 2017

James Lorello - Co-Chair
Jessica Lorello - Co-Chair

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