Graduate/Professional School

Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies

The Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies offers 80 graduate degree and certificate programs to help you achieve whatever goals or dreams you have!

The Graduate School offers classes and admission in the fall, spring and summer terms. The general non-degree application deadlines are two weeks prior to the first day of classes each term.

Applying to Graduate and/or Professional School

Key Steps for Applying 

  • Research graduate programs of interest
  • Complete volunteer work or an internship in your intended field
  • Take advantage of every opportunity to participate in conference presentations or to collaborate on publications
  • Be active and selective in your student organizations
  • Join professional organizations in your discipline
  • Get research experience with a faculty mentor
  • Take the appropriate entrance exam at least six months before you need to apply
  • Select references carefully and give them enough time and information
  • Make sure that your entire application is neat and complete
  • Write an honors thesis if you have the option

Pre-Professional Tracks

  • Pre-Medical School
  • Pre-Dental School
  • Pre-Pharmacy School
  • Pre-Veterinarian School
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Engineering
  • Pre-Seminary

Graduate Admissions Test

Tests you need to take vary by the types of programs you are applying to and can vary from school to school.

GRE - Graduate Record Examination
GMAT - Graduate Management Admission Test
MCAT - Medical College Admission Test
LSAT - Law School Admission Test
PCAT - Pharmacy College Admission Test
MAT - Miller Analogies Test

Pre-Health Professions

If you are considering a professional health career such as medicine, dentistry, optometry, pharmacy, veterinary science or physician assistant, a degree from Appalachian will provide you with a comprehensive skill set that will make you highly competitive for admission to post graduate professional schools. Typically students pursue the B.S. degree in either Biology (Cell/Molecular concentration) or Chemistry (Biochemistry concentration) in which the professional school prerequisites are built into the curriculum. However there are other less traditional majors, such as psychology, mathematics or even philosophy, that can be designed to incorporate the professional school requirements.  


Health Professions Advising Office

The Health Professions Advising Office assists students and alumni in planning for, applying to and gaining acceptance into graduate health professions programs. 

Contact Information

Celeste Crowe, Director
Holmes CC 038, Levine 101
(828) 262-8590

Sarah Reddish, Advisor
Levine 101, Holmes CC 051
(828) 262-8590

How to Schedule an Appointment

Phone:  (828) 262-8590
In Person:  Levine 101 or Holmes CC Academic Lobby

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Many programs at Appalachian, including those in history, philosophy, sociology and political science prepare students to pursue a law degree after graduation. Specifically, the B.S. degree in Political Science (Pre-Professional Legal Studies concentration) is designed to introduce students to the law school curriculum and prepare them for law school admissions. The coursework in political science, criminal justice, law, communications, statistics, English and philosophy, help students develop strong critical thinking skills while learning about multiple aspects of the legal system, law, writing, logic and research, and prepare them for the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). The average LSAT exam score for Appalachian pre-law students has been 158 for the past three years.