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Program Director: Dr. Dwayne Driskill Phone: (270) 809-6187 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The School of Agriculture offers a master of science degree. The purpose of this degree is to provide an opportunity for professional agricultural personnel to obtain an education at the graduate level or to prepare for terminal degree work at the doctoral level. Faculty advisors assist students in planning an appropriate course of study to meet their individual goals and to assure a balanced program.
The master of science degree in agriculture provides concentration in either agricultural science or agricultural education.
The Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology offers the Master of Science in Applied Engineering and Technology Management degree as a 30 credit hour non-thesis degree program. The Applied Engineering and Technology Management degree is designed for individuals who wish to further their knowledge of management, leadership, and technology. Emphasis is placed on involvement with real situations and problems. The student, with an advisor, will develop an interdisciplinary plan of study to increase skills in specific technical areas and to strengthen abilities to communicate effectively in the management of technical functions. In addition to other college and university requirements for graduate admission, this program requires successful completion of a Bachelor of Science degree and prior completion of undergraduate mathematics and science prerequisites as directed. Potential careers involve positions in business and industry related to resource management, supervision and training, quality control, environmental and safety management, and information systems.
Program Director: Dr. Edmund Zimmerer
Phone: (270) 809-3071 Email: email@example.com
The Department of Biological Sciences offers the Master of Science in Biology degree with thesis and non-thesis options. The program prepares students to assume an active career in teaching and/or research or to pursue further graduate studies. A faculty mentor will direct each student admitted to the program. Research strengths of the department include aquatic biology, wildlife biology, mammalogy, physiological ecology, paleontology and evolution, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, microbial ecology, parasitology, animal behavior and botany. Most faculty have research labs and are supported by grants. Graduate education is necessary for many fields of biology. Although some state, federal and private sector jobs are available for baccalaureate students, many employers prefer individuals with advanced training. Sometimes the M.S. is necessary in order to qualify for higher income or a more challenging position. Students with the M.S. may find employment with various industrial or state and federal agencies (e.g., fish and wildlife units, National Institute of Health (NIH) labs, pharmaceutical companies).
What do people do with their MBA degrees?: The MBA is the most
versatile of all graduate degrees, in terms of the range of career
options it affords you. You can use the MBA in virtually any field,
because it gives you the kind of multidimensional, multifaceted,
multi-industry and multifunctional dimension that no other graduate
degree does. And, of course, if you wish to pursue a teaching career
in Accounting, Finance, Management, Marketing and other business areas,
our MBA students have gone to some of the best doctoral/PhD programs in
the world including, but not limited to: Columbia University, Purdue
University, and University of Edinburgh (Scotland).
Program Director: Dr. Kevin Revell
Phone: (270) 809-6540 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Overview
The degree in Chemical Manufacturing Management is designed primarily for students working in the chemical manufacturing industry who are looking to increase their understanding of chemical processes, and their ability to quantitatively optimize manufacturing logistics. Requirements for Admission to the Master of Science Program in Chemical Manufacturing Management
Students who wish to be considered for admission to graduate study leading toward the Master of Science in Chemical Manufacturing Management (CMM) degree must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college and have completed an undergraduate major or equivalent in chemistry or a closely related discipline, with an overall grade point average of at least 2.75. In exceptional cases a student with a lower grade point average may be admitted conditionally, and after completion of nine hours of graduate work may be admitted to full standing by that student's advisory committee. For international students, a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required for unconditional admission. Applicants with TOEFL scores between 500 and 550 may be admitted on a conditional basis, but their proficiency in English will be further evaluated upon their arrival on campus, and they may be required to undertake additional study of English prior to beginning graduate work in the program. Because the selection process is competitive, applicants are strongly encouraged to provide GRE scores with their application materials. Degree Requirements
Each candidate must complete 30 credits of coursework spanning the chemistry and engineering technology programs. For students who wish to complete a thesis, an additional 3 credits of thesis research (CHE 698) is also required.
Additional inquiries into the CMM program may be sent to the graduate coordinator at email@example.com.
Program Director: Dr. Kevin Revell
Phone: (270) 809-6540 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Chemistry offers the Master of Science in Chemistry degree with thesis and non-thesis options. The non-thesis option is intended for candidates with at least two years experience in industrial or governmental laboratories. Both options require a minimum of 30 total credit hours. To enhance confidence and poise, each student is encouraged to participate in the departmental teaching program and is required to present seminars in specialty areas. For students who choose the thesis option, these will consist of one literature and one research seminar. Non-thesis students will be required to present two seminars, one of which is ordinarily a presentation describing the industrial or governmental laboratory experience that is to be substituted for the thesis requirement. The Master of Science graduate program in chemistry is designed to prepare the student for further academic work or for immediate employment in the chemical industry. We have been quite successful in placing our graduates in both of these areas. Our students gain "hands-on" experience with research tools including GC/MS, AA, NMR and FT-NMR, IR, UV/VIS, HPLC, molecular modeling and other modern analytical techniques. Active research is conducted in diverse areas of both pure and applied research ranging from the study of novel reaction mechanisms to the analysis of environmental pollutants.
The mission of the low-residency MFA program at Murray State University
is to provide quality advanced instruction to creative writers while
allowing them to live and work where they choose. Our foremost goal is
to facilitate the creative and professional growth of writers, but the
degree also offers the necessary academic credentials for a writer to
teach creative writing at the college or university level. It also
provides a foundation for careers in other writing-related fields.
Of the 49 hours required for the degree, 13 hours must be completed on campus in January and July residencies. The remaining 36 can be completed via distance learning. These
36 hours comprise three semester-long Graduate Tutorials (6 hours
each), a Creative Thesis (6 hours), the New Madrid Field Study (3 hours)
and three graduate literature courses (3 hours each). The graduate literature courses may also be completed on campus at Murray State. (While
students may transfer up to nine semester hours—“B” or higher—of
graduate-level literature courses from another accredited graduate
institution, they must complete all residencies, tutorials and the field
study within the MFA program at Murray State.)
In order to succeed in this program, students will need a good
undergraduate background in Calculus, Statistics and Economics. It is
not unusual that entering students are advised to take a few
undergraduate classes when they begin their studies in the M.S. in
Economics program. Many of the students selecting the Finance option
study for the first and second exams leading to the CFP designation.
The graduate program in elementary education is designed for certified
teachers seeking a Specialist in Education or Master of Arts in
Education degrees. The department also offers two non-degree programs:
Fifth Year and MA + 30. The MA degree program consists of 33 semester
hours of graduate level coursework, including a minimum of 18 hours of
core professional education courses and 12 hours in an area of
specialization or endorsement. A written comprehensive examination or
thesis is required. At least 21 semester hours must be earned at MSU,
and the student should plan to complete the program within a period not
to exceed eight years from the time the student initially enrolled in
the program. Classes are offered at Murray State University and at
regional sites in Henderson, Hopkinsville, Madisonville and Paducah.
The programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation
of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Kentucky Education Professional
Students earning an M.A. in English are equipped to enter a variety of
professions, including teaching at the secondary school or college
level; careers in professional or technical writing; careers in
The Department of Geosciences offers the Master of Science in
Geosciences degree with thesis and non-thesis options. The program
prepares students for positions in the public and private sectors and
for additional graduate study. The program focuses upon remote sensing,
digital image processing, and geographic and archaeologic information
systems as applied to areas of interest of faculty in the department
and beyond. Graduate students work closely with faculty on research
projects and grants providing valuable practical experience that
enhances employment opportunities and supports continued graduate
education. The Department has close ties with the Mid-America Remote
sensing Center (MARC), a center dedicated to teaching, research, and
service to the community in remote sensing and GIS. Research
opportunities are also available at the Wickliffe Mounds State Historic
Site, the Murray State Archaeology Laboratory, and the Center of
Excellence for Reservoir Research (CRR) where water-related research is
An M.A. in history provides excellent preparation for doctoral work,
for law school or other professional programs, and for careers in
government, public and private agencies or any career requiring
research, analytical and writing skills. It also enables teachers to
meet Rank II certification in Kentucky public schools. Admission
applications for the Fall Term should be received by June 1 of the same
calendar year. The Department of History does not review any graduate
applications until all materials-the graduate application, Graduate
Record Examination (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, writing
sample, and official transcript-have been received. The history
department awards a limited number of assistantships each academic
year, applications for which should be made to the department's
graduate coordinator by April 1. All applications and GRE scores should
be sent to Graduate Admissions, Murray State University, Sparks Hall,
Murray, KY 42071. All other materials should be sent to Graduate
Coordinator, Department of History, Murray State University, 6B Faculty
Hall, Murray, KY 42071.
The Human Development and Leadership Program is a 33 hour program.
There is a core of seven classes that focus on people development
skills. Then the student chooses a concentration area consisting of 12
hours. Students with a degree in Human Development and Leadership work
in a very wide range of careers. They work in the non-profit area, for
colleges and universities, and in business and industry.
The Master of Science in Information Systems prepares individuals for
management careers in the vast and growing field of information
systems. This field includes such diverse areas as software
development, information management, data analysis, information
security, information systems architecture, system planning, and systems
analysis. Upon successful completion, graduates can move into careers
as information systems managers, business analysts, software architects,
college-level instructors, information systems auditors, project
managers, consultants, etc. based on individual strengths, skills, and
Program Director: Dr. Jo Robertson
Phone: (270) 809-6845 Email: email@example.com
This graduate program is designed for educators seeking Rank I, Rank
II, or initial certification in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood
Education. Educators certified in IECE may work with young children
with and without developmental delays from birth through kindergarten.
Educators certified in IECE may work as Developmental Interventionists
providing early intervention services to infants and toddlers with
developmental delays, teach in public school kindergarten or preschool
or Head Start programs. This is a growing field and additional career
opportunities are opening up for students completing a graduate program
Program Director: Dr. Debbie Owens
Phone: (270) 809-6318 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Mass Communications masters program is a 30 hour, non-thesis track
with 18 hours required and electives restricted mainly to graduate
courses within the department. Capstone course, JMC 690, is a research
or professional project in selected area of mass communications. The
objectives of the graduate program are: (1) To prepare graduate
students for positions in mass communications and research; (2) To
provide a foundation for study at the doctoral level; and (3) To
prepare graduate students for teaching mass communications at the
Program Director: Dr. Kelly Pearson
Phone: (270) 809-3554 Email: email@example.com
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics offers three graduate degrees. They are a Master of Science in Mathematics (M.S.), Master of Arts in Mathematics (M.A.), and a Master of Arts in Teaching Mathematics (M.A.T.). The M.S. and M.A. degrees are designed to provide students with the opportunity to study graduate level mathematics so that they may (1) obtain preferred employment in mathematics with government or industry, (2) teach at the junior college level or be better prepared to teach at the secondary school level, or (3) continue working toward a doctor of philosophy degree. The M.A. program is a broadly based program that includes a study of algebra, analysis, topology, and the foundations of mathematics. The M.S. program consists of a core of applied mathematics together with a core (at most 12 hours) in an allied field such as business, computer science, or physics. The M.A.T. program is designed for certified teachers who wish to strengthen their background in mathematics and keep up with current information in educational theory, curriculum and research. The program provides for both reasonable depth in the mathematics area and graduate-level exposure in supporting disciplines. Completion of this program fulfills the requirements for Rank II classification.
This MA degree program is designed to fulfill course requirements for
Rank II classification. The program must be preplanned with your advisor
and consist of 30 semester hours of graduate level course work with a
minimum of 18 hours in professional education and a minimum of 17 hours
of courses at the 600 level. You must hold a Middle School (5-8, 5-9)
Provisional Certificate or its equivalent. To complete the program and
graduate, you must develop two leadership projects (an internal and
external project). These projects will require approval and
collaboration with your school principal or a district administrator.
For more detailed information regarding the Teacher Leader Master’s
Degree Program, please download the Teacher Leader Program advising guide or speak to your advisor.
The Master of Music Education degree program is designed to help
develop the candidate's qualities of professional leadership. The
curriculum is planned to emphasize the investigation of important ideas
and practices pertaining to school music, continue the development of
musical skills and concepts, and provide opportunities to acquire both
greater breadth of musicianship and a useful degree of specialization
as it affects the music teaching/learning process. Graduates may be
public school music teachers or teach at the college/university level.
Some pursue careers in administration.
The Doctor of Nursing Practice is a clinical doctoral degree program in nursing designed to move BSN prepared Registered Nurses to advanced practice.
Currently, the Murray State University School of Nursing prepares advanced practice nurses in two specialties: Family Nurse Practitioner and Nurse Anesthetist. All programs are approved by the Kentucky Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The Nurse Anesthetist program, is the only one offered in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. This program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Education Programs. MSU partners in the delivery of the nurse anesthetist program with Trover Foundation in Madisonville, Kentucky. We also have a satellite site at St. Claire Regional Medical Center in Morehead, Kentucky.
The Master of Science in Nutrition Services prepares students to
effectively compete in a growing job market in which five of ten
dietitians nationally hold M.S. degrees. The 33-credit-hour master's
program will enable graduates of the R.D. certificate program to pursue
additional higher education in the areas of professional counseling,
education, science, statistics, psychology, management, and nutrition
research. Students may transfer up to 12-graduate-credit hours of
coursework from other Kentucky institutions when meeting the
requirements of the 33-credit-hour M.S. graduate program. Advances in
nutrition and genetic research, aging demographics, and accelerating
rates of nutrition-related diseases such as obesity and diabetes fuel
the demand for highly trained nutrition professionals.
The graduate program in occupational safety and health (OSH) at Murray
State University provides a comprehensive broad-based educational
background to prepare practical-oriented and academically sound
graduates advanced positions in the safety, health, and environmental
profession. The program provides the technical and professional
knowledge required by individuals pursuing careers in safety
management, occupational health, industrial hygiene, loss/risk control
management, ergonomics, emergency planning and response, and
environmental health and safety. Our graduates are academically
prepared to pursue advanced degrees in higher education.
Coursework is designed for both focused study and maximum flexibility
to meet the unique career goals of each student. The program prepares
individuals (1) to enter areas of business, industry, government, and
nonprofit administration, where knowledge of and competence in
communication are essential; (2) to enter other vocations where
communication is of prime importance (e.g. the ministry, law, public
service); (3) to continue study of communication at the doctoral level;
and (4) to teach organizational communication at the college level.
Recent degree options in organizational communication and the
innovative “Weekender” master’s degree in organizational communication
reflect the department’s commitment to respond to regional needs.
Following core courses in assessment (administration, scoring and
interpretation of intelligence and personality tests) and
psychotherapy, students complete a supervised two-semester, 20-hour per
week clinical practicum. Clinical psychology students serve their
practica at the MSU Psychological Center, an on-campus treatment center
that provides therapy and assessments for children, adults, and
families from the community as well as for university students and
staff. In addition, students receive 2.5 hours per week of supervision
with our Ph.D. licensed clinical psychologists. This allows for a
fine-tuning of clinical skills as well as an added assurance that the
clinician is providing the best and most ethical services to the
the master's program in General Psychology does not train students in
the practice of psychology. Thus, graduates with this degree cannot
conduct any form of counseling, psychotherapy, psychological testing,
or psychological evaluations. The master's program in Clinical
Psychology trains students in the practice of psychology.)
We offer classes at a variety of locations and through a variety of
formats. Courses are offered at the main campus in Murray, at the
English Center at Fort Campbell, and at the new Murray State campus in
Hopkinsville. We have also offered some courses on-line as well as
through interactive television (ITV) format.
Graduates with a masters (MA) in reading and writing education
can become reading specialists, literacy coaches, reading recovery
teachers, program coordinators, instructional and curriculum
specialists, ESL teachers, special education educators, and more. People
who choose this specialization are licensed P–12 teachers who want to
enhance student reading skills in their own classrooms or train others
on best practices in reading instruction at a building or district
Students who are interested in becoming a PreK-12 building level
principal may enroll in our 30-hour Master’s Degree Program. Our
program is designed to educate students in the field of educational
leadership through outcome-based curriculum. Finance, Law, Curriculum,
School & Community Relations, Leadership, Ethics, Policy, Research,
and Seminar/Practicum courses encompass the degree. Upon completion of
this degree, students must take a national and state test to complete
Murray State offers several options in the Counseling Program including a Master of
Arts in School Counseling and an Education Specialist with emphases in
School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and School
Psychology, as well as related school counseling and school psychology
endorsements. These programs are designed for persons with an academic
and/or experiential background in the helping professions such as, but
not limited to, education, social work, psychology, and communication
disorders. Professional Counseling is a dynamic and invaluable career
in today’s world of mental health care and is a necessary and compatible
companion to other mental health professions.
If you want to assume a leadership role within your school but you do
not necessarily wish to become an administrator, the Master of Arts in
Education, Teacher Leader Program is for you. Upon completion of the
30-hour program, you will earn a Rank II and Teacher Leader Master’s
designation as well as the Teacher Leader Endorsement.
Secondary Programs for various grade level certifications:
Working as a special education teacher can make a powerful impact in the
education of a special needs child. Special education teachers may work
one-on-one with students with learning disabilities or teach a
classroom of students with intellectual disabilities or developmental
delays. As a special education teacher, you may work with students with
specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairments, or a
multitude of other health or mental impairments.
Program Director: Dr. Kelly Kleinhans
Phone: (270) 809-6843
The master's degree is a two-year program, with thesis and non-thesis tracks. The program includes graduate course work and multiple clinical practicum experiences each semester. These experiences include the MSU Speech and Hearing Clinic, three preschool programs, area schools, hospitals, and various medical settings. The program is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.
Speech-language pathology is an education/health-related profession whose practitioners work in schools, hospitals, skilled care facilities, rehabilitation centers and clinics. Graduates are eligible for the Clinical Certificate of Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as professional licensure in most states in the U.S. Professionals work with various developmental child speech and language disorders, voice, stuttering and neurogenic disorders with adults, oral communication disorders resulting from oral, facial, or laryngeal pathologies and traumas, or aural habilitation with hearing impaired populations. Employment opportunities are widely available, with critical shortages in some parts of the country.
M.A. in TESOL is the recognized teaching degree in the field of English
as a Second Language (ESL) instruction, a field that has shown
phenomenal growth in the past few years. This degree is regularly
cited as the preferred degree in position announcements for community
college and university teaching positions in pre-college English
programs for international students; positions in industry in training
programs for non-English speaking employees; and positions to teach
English in primary and secondary schools and colleges outside the U.S.
The ESL Certificate Endorsement certifies holders of valid Kentucky
Teaching Certificates to teach pre-K through 12 ESL in Kentucky public
Program Director: Dr. Ginny Richerson
Phone: (270) 809-4257 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ed.S. program is designed to fulfill course requirements for Rank I classification. Admission to the program requires a Masters Degree and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The program must be PREPLANNED* with a specialist committee which consists of three faculty members and includes 30 semester hours of graduate level course work. A minimum of 15 hours must be completed in professional education and a minimum of 15 hours of courses completed at the 600 level, and at least 18 hours of credit must be taken at Murray State. Courses for specialization may be selected to enhance current certification or to work toward new certification or to address professional needs and interests. Applicants must hold a Rank II Certificate or its equivalent.
Program Director: Mr. George Rice
Phone: (270) 809-6216 Email: email@example.com
This is Kentucky's only Program of Distinction of its kind and is one of very few in the nation and the world. The TSM graduate program provides students with a very unique competitive edge rarely found in other graduate programs; graduates from the program come away knowing how to manage technology, as well as how to manage with telecommunications technology. This unique combination of skills is possible because of the program's interdisciplinary nature, combining technical and technology skills with business skills to produce well-rounded, competitive-edge graduates for the 21st Century telecommunications industry.
The full time program is offered in Murray, while the online program is also available. Students complete ten graduate courses (30 credit hours) broken down into 24 hours of required courses (8 courses) and six hours of electives (2 courses).
Graduates from this program have gone to work in the U.S. and some foreign countries for banks, insurance companies, technology companies, governmental agencies, and universities in such positions as telecommunications systems administrator, technical sales executive, internet engineer, SQL database administrator, information technology analyst, business development executive, e-commerce developer, and data network supervisor, among many others.
The Watershed Studies Institute program in Watershed Science is an
interdisciplinary master's program within the College of Science,
Engineering and Technology designed to prepare students for careers or
for further graduate studies in the broader aspects of watershed
management and science. The thesis course of study allows students to
concentrate on one of four tracks: Aquatic Ecology, Environmental
Chemistry, Hydrological Spatial Analysis, or Watershed Conservation.
The non-thesis course of study is designed to fit individual
educational goals and may be focused on any aspect of watershed
science. All students must complete a core curriculum and advanced
courses in their areas of interest. During the first semester, students
must work at the Chemical Services Laboratory, the Mid-America Remote
sensing Center, or the Hancock Biological Station.”
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