Information for Enrolled Students


First-year graduate students are advised by the graduate program director, Dr. Darci Gardner ( 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

  • Graduate School Forms. This page contains all the forms you may need to complete during your graduate study, including enrollment forms, admission to candidacy, program change forms, and application for graduation.
  • Graduate Bulletin. The Appalachian State Graduate Bulletin contains detailed information about Programs of Study for each of the four Master's tracks, as well as for our Graduate Certificates. 
  • Guidelines for MA portfolios and comprehensive examinations: Refer to these guidelines often, and begin thinking early in your studies about the materials you will develop and include in your portfolio. There are separate guidelines for French & Spanish College Teaching Tracks (PDF) and French and Spanish K-12 Tracks (PDF). 

Graduate Student Directory Update

We'd love to hear about the wonderful things you've been doing since starting your MA degree in Languages, Literatures and Cultures. Please fill out the Graduate Student Directory Google Form below so we can add you to our Master's student directory page.