Accelerated Admissions

Accelerated Admissions

Below are frequently asked questions about the Accelerated Admissions Program in Geography.

What is Accelerated Admissions?

Accelerated Admissions is a program for qualified, current undergraduate students who wish to be considered for early admission to participating graduate degree programs. The M.A. in Geography is one of those participating programs!

Do I qualify?

You qualify if you are an enrolled Appalachian State student with a cumulative grade point average of 3.4, and if you will have completed 90 hours by the end of the semester in which you submit the application.

When should I apply?

You should apply during the semester prior to your senior year. For example, if you will begin your senior year (90+ credits) in Fall of 2021, you will want to apply for the program during Spring of 2021.

Do I have to take the GRE?

No, you do not have to take the GRE to be admitted to the program. However, you must meet all other admission requirements for the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies.

Can I take classes during my senior year that will count as undergraduate and graduate credit?

Yes; however, these courses must be approved by your undergraduate advisor and the Graduate Program Director.

How many graduate credits can I earn during my senior year?

You can acquire a maximum of 12 credit hours that will count toward your graduate degree program. The only courses that you are not allowed to take during your overlap year are Thesis, Independent Study, or Internship.

Am I eligible for a graduate assistantship?

You are not eligible for a graduate assistantship while you are still taking undergraduate courses. You will become eligible at the time that you become fully enrolled in the graduate program.

How do I apply?

On the Application Availability and Deadline Information page, click on the “Apply Now” link associated with your chosen term. Next, select “Create an Account.” Once you’ve created an account, click “Start New Application.”

What are the application deadlines?

You must submit your application during the application window for the term in which you intend to be fully admitted into the graduate program. These dates are available on the Application Availability and Deadline Information page.

Example Timeline

Below is an example timeline for an undergraduate intending to begin taking graduate credits during his/her/their senior year, Fall 2023, with full time graduate enrollment beginning Fall 2024.

SemesterSemester Credits EarnedTotal Credits EarnedStatusActions / Note
Fall 20201515UG 
Spring 20211631UG 
Fall 20211546UG 
Spring 20221763UG 
Fall 20221477UGMeet with Advisor and Graduate Director
Spring 20231592UGApply for Accelerated Admissions Program
Fall 202317109UGDouble-count 6 credits as UG and G credit
Spring 202417126UGDouble-count 6 credits as UG and G credit
Graduate with undergraduate degree, become fully enrolled as graduate student.
Fall 2024921GEligible for graduate assistantship
Spring 2025930GEligible for graduate assistantship

For more information, visit graduate.appstate.edu/accelerated-admission or contact the Geography Graduate Program Director, Dr. Derek J. Martin (martindj1@appstate.edu).