Admissions Deadlines

The Walker College of Business Graduate programs offers rolling admission to provide incoming students the flexibility to start the program in the Fall, Spring or Summer.  Admission to the online program is restricted to the Fall semester. 

  • April 1 – Summer Admits
  • July 1 – Fall Admits
  • November 1 – Spring Admits
  • July 1 – International Students (Spring Admits)
  • February 1 - International Students (Fall Admits)

International students are encouraged to visit the Cratis T. Williams School of Graduate Studies International Students website here for more information.

Accelerated Admission

Accelerated Admission is intended for undergraduate students who wish to enroll in graduate courses during their senior year that can fulfill both undergraduate and graduate course requirements toward the completion of a graduate degree program. Interested students should contact their advisor and graduate program director to determine eligibility for the program. Learn more.

Admission Requirements

Graduate School Application

Applications must be complete (online application submitted, the fee paid, and all required supporting documents received by the Graduate School) and ready for review by the applicable deadline. If it appears to be too late to apply, please contact the program manager to discuss options.

There is an application processing fee of $65 (which supports the technology and staff needed for data entry). When you submit your application (by pressing the submit button on the last page), you will be given an application identifier. Please include this identifier on your check or money order if you chose the option 'pay by check' so we can be sure that your payment is properly recorded.

Access the Graduate School application.


Applicants need to include Official (sealed) transcripts from each college or university attended.

The Official transcript must be mailed directly to the Graduate School from each of the colleges and universities attended since high school, even if the credits transferred elsewhere. The mailing address is: Cratis D. Williams Graduate School, Box 32068, Boone, NC 28608. If you have attended Appalachian, you do not need to supply the Appalachian transcripts. If you transferred credits into Appalachian from another college, you will need to arrange for those to be sent. If you are using UPS or FedEx, our street address is Appalachian Graduate School; 287 Rivers Street, Room 232; Boone, NC 28608.


For this program, a test score (no older than 5 years) from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is accepted. Test scores and GPA information are important factors in admission decisions. For additional test score information, see the MBA page in the Graduate Bulletin. 

NOTE: Prospective MBA students may qualify for a waiver if they have: 

  • an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher PLUS 5 or more years of full-time, professional work or military experience; or
  • a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.6 or higher; or
  • membership in Beta Gamma Sigma business honor society

Please contact the Program Director to verify eligibility. An approved waiver request does not guarantee admission to the program.

Personal Statement

Please upload a 2-3 page (500/750 words), double-spaced Personal Statement on what has prompted your interest in obtaining a Master in Business Administration (MBA) degree, and what appeals to you about the program at Appalachian in particular.  Please include your professional plans or ambitions once you have completed your master’s degree.


We strongly encourage you to have references that are relevant to your field of study, such as faculty who have taught you in related courses and/or employers who can comment on skills directly relevant to your intended major. Personal references (friends, clergy, etc.) while not discouraged, may not provide as meaningful information to the reviewers.

As you fill out the online application form, you will be prompted for the email addresses of your references . The Graduate School will contact that person with submission instructions. Please note that three letters of reference are required for admission.


A current resume should accompany the application and include a history of work experience with an emphasis on any managerial or leadership responsibilities and team projects. 

The resume should be prepared as or scanned into a .doc, .docx or .pdf file (.pdf preferred) and uploaded during the online application process. The resume should, at a minimum, document your education, military and work experience for the last five years. If you have a gap in your history of four months or more, the UNC system policy requires further documentation. Please provide an additional page in your resume with an explanation of the gaps.


Applicants whose native language is not English and/or whose principal language of university instruction was not English must submit scores from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Information and test registration for the TOEFL are available at TOEFL scores are valid for two years post exam date.

Minimum scores are 79 for TOEFL and 6.5 for IELTS.

Financial Information

Tuition & Fees

Appalachian's Walker College of Business remains one of the best-valued AACSB accredited programs in the region. View Graduate tuition and fees.  Appalachian's MBA Program is consistently ranked by Kiplinger as a best value. Appalachian's graduate school costs are among the lowest in the southeastern US. 



Assistantships are available to students in a variety of areas such as teaching, research, or general graduate assistants. If you are interested in a position, please fill out the Assistantship Form.


There are also other assistantships available in many other offices on campus not related to Walker College of Business. Visit the Graduate Assistantship page for more information for a list of "open" positions on campus.


A limited number of departmental scholarships are available to students who have reached outstanding academic merit and express financial need. Interested students need to apply on the general scholarship form.

The NC Tuition Scholarship for Out-of-State Students is a competitive scholarship open to international and out-of-state students and covers the difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition (approximately $6,000 per academic semester). Contact the MBA program director to request consideration.

For other scholarships open to Appalachian graduate students, please visit the School of Graduate Studies page. For a comprehensive list of nation-wide MBA Scholarship resources, visit Go Grad's Guide to Financing Your MBA Degree.

The MBA is pleased to also offer financial assistance for international travel to students in need. Students interested in applying for the International Travel Scholarship need to fill out the online application form.

Breazeale-King Professional Development Award
The Breazeale-King Professional Development Award is presented to MBA students with concentration in Human Resources or International Business or with a dual degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology and Human Resource Management. Preference is for funds to be used for professional development activities such as attending a conference, paying for membership in a professional organization, attending statewide or regional meetings, etc. The award winner will receive a $750 scholarship. To apply, contact Ms. Donna Lindabury at

Federal Financial Aid

Federal financial aid is available to degree-seeking and certificate-seeking students who are US citizens or permanent residents and are enrolled at least 1/2 time (4.5 hours). The financial aid graduate students are eligible for includes Federal Student Loans (Stafford or PLUS).

For more general financial support information visit the School of Graduate Studies page.