Information for Enrolled Students


First-year graduate students are advised by the graduate program director, Dr. Catherine Fountain (, 828-262-2308). Once you have completed 18 hours in the program, you will choose an advisor in your area of study; usually this is someone with whom you have taken at least one graduate course. Your advisor will serve as the chair of your MA committee and will work with you and with the program director to ensure that all degree requirements are completed. You can contact either your advisor or the program director if you have questions about your progress or any concerns about your program of study. 


Appalachian State University uses the DegreeWorks program to track students' progress through their programs of study and identify any unmet requirements. DegreeWorks is a useful tool for both students and advisors, and you are encouraged to check your degree progress at least once a semester. You can access DegreeWorks by logging in at

Important Materials for Degree Candidates

Please note: we are in the process of updating some of these materials; current students should consult with the program director to obtain up-to-date information about the MA portfolio and comprehensive exam requirements.

  • Step-to-step advice for completing your degree (PDF). This document describes the various stages of your graduate study, including your program of study, admission to candidacy, application for graduation, etc.
  • Program of Study Planning/Approval Sheet (PDF) A form to help us plan your Program of Study. This form identifies which courses you have taken in each of the three areas of your degree concentration and allows the Program Director prepare your Program of Study for the Grad School. See the above guide to determine when to complete this form. 
  • Detailed guidelines for MA comprehensive examinations (PDF). This handout tells you how to begin collecting material to prepare for your oral comprehensive exams, beginning with your first class in the program. Please refer to these guidelines often, and begin thinking early in your studies about the material you will develop and include.

The Graduate School maintains a link to all essential forms you will need, including the program of study, admission to candidacy, program change forms, and application for graduation.