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The application for degree and fee of $30.00 are due in the Graduate Office during the first three weeks of the semester in which the student expects to graduate. This application is effective for one semester only. If a student does not graduate after making application, it will be necessary to reapply and pay an additional filing fee of $20.00.


General requirements
Courses numbered 600 or above are open to graduate students (those who are completing a Master’s or Specialist degree) only. In all master’s programs, half of the total coursework, excluding Thesis, Practicum, or Internship, or Co-op credit must be in courses open to graduate students only.


An overall GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for graduation. All coursework used to fulfill master’s degree program requirements must be completed within eight years of the date the student initially enrolls in a class that counts as graduate credit for their degree.

A maximum of 12 hours may be transferred from a regionally accredited graduate school. All transfer credit must be approved by the student’s advisor and collegiate graduate coordinator. All transfer credit must have been earned within the eight-year period allowed for the degree. The student must have an overall GPA of 3.00 on graduate work at Murray State and a grade of "B" or better in any courses to be transferred.

A student is responsible for initiating the Admission to Candidacy form after completing nine hours of graduate work at Murray State University with a minimum grade point average of 3.00. This form must be approved and on file in the Graduate Office before the degree can be conferred.

If a thesis is being required, the student must submit the original and three copies of the signed thesis in unbound form to the Graduate Admissions Office two weeks prior to the date of graduation.

The comprehensive exam must be completed and the results sent to the Graduate Admissions Office by the semester graduation date.

For additional information on graduate students, contact Kathy Garrison, kathy.garrison@murraystate.edu.

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