Requirements for Graduate Programs

Agriculture (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Agriculture provides a concentration in either Agricultural Science or Agricultural Education. This program gives students the personal attention they need and it provides them with current agricultural technology to take their education to a level that will make them highly competitive in the job market. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS 6.0: or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL 71: or higher with no section below 16
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

Applied Engineering and Technology Management (AETM) (M.S.)

The Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology offers the Master of Science degree in Applied Engineering and Technology Management. This degree is designed for individuals who wish to further their knowledge of management, leadership, and technology. The program is appropriate for graduates with backgrounds in technology, engineering, science, and mathematics and other related fields who have significant business/industrial work experience.

      • $50 International Student Application
      • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
      • University Transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
      • Bachelor's degree holders with backgrounds in science, engineering, or technology.
    • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16 OR
    • Murray State University ESL Program
    • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
    • Copy of Passport
    • No Spring Admission

Biology (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Biology program prepares students to assume an active career in teaching and/or research or to pursue further graduate studies. 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. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16
  • GRE: 300 or higher
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation

Business Administration (M.B.A.)

The Master of Business program at Murray State University offers several concentration options, including a concentration in Accounting and a concentration in E-Business. This program is AACSB-Internationally accredited. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 20 OR
    • Murray State University ESL Program
    • AEP Conditional Admission available for students with a 5.5 (or any section of 4.5 or 5.0) on the IELTS or 61-70 (or any section of 13-15) on the TOEFL
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • GRE or GMAT Scores
    • GRE: 286 or higher OR
    • GMAT: 400 or higher

Chemistry (M.S.)

The Master of Science graduate program in Chemistry prepares students for further academic work or for immediate employment in the chemical industry. 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. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • GRE Scores
    • Verbal Score: 140 or higher
    • Quantitative Score: 150 or higher
    • Analytical Writing: 2.5 or higher
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume showing Chemistry-related Work Experience or Research Experience
  • No Spring admission

Creative Writing (M.F.A.)

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing facilitates the creative and professional growth of writers and 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. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16 OR
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Essay or Statement
  • Writing Sample in an appropriate area of study

Economics (M.S.)

Students in this program can either complete a traditional M.S. degree in Economics or can concentrate on completing a Finance option. The degree is designed to assist students who are interested in entering a variety of Ph.D. programs as well as entering the job market directly after finishing the program. The Finance option can also train students for the CFA exam. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16 OR
    • Murray State University ESL Program
    • AEP Conditional Admission available for students with a 5.5 (with any section score of 4.5 or 5.0) on the IELTS or 61-70 (with any section score of 13-15) on the TOEFL
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • GRE or GMAT Scores in the top 50th Percentile 

Economic Development (M.S.)

This degree prepares students to work in the field of local and regional economic development. Students gain both classroom and practical training in the methods of economic development. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16 OR
    • Murray State University ESL Program
    • AEP Conditional Admission available for students with a 5.5 (or any section of 4.5 or 5.0) on the IELTS or 61-70 (or any section of 13-15) on the TOEFL
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • GRE or GMAT Scores in the top 50th Percentile

Elementary Education - Teacher Leader (M.A.Ed.)

This Master of Arts degree program is designed to fulfill course requirements for Rank II classification. Applicants must hold an Early Elementary (K-4, P-5, 1-8) Provisional Certificate or its equivalent. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport

English (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in English has multiple tracks that allow students to specialize. The Literature track is designed primarily for students planning to pursue advanced studies. The English Education track is designed for practicing teachers wishing to improve their classroom skills while earning advanced certification. The Creative Writing track is designed for students wishing to refine their writing skills in fiction and/or poetry. The English Studies track is designed for students seeking a mix of courses (professional and/or creative) in Literature, Linguistics, and Rhetoric. The English with Philosophy as a Cognate Discipline track is designed for students with continuing interest in both English and Philosophy. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 7.0 or higher with no section below 6.5 OR
    • TOEFL: No section below 22
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • Undergraduate Degree in English Literature or Equivalent 

Geosciences (M.S.)

The Department of Geosciences offers a Master of Science degree in Geosciences. Students choose the thesis or the non-thesis option. Four concentrations are offered for the thesis option: Environmental Geology, Geoarchaeology, Geoinformatics, and Watershed Sciences. Each student’s program is developed in consultation with the graduate coordinator.

The Environmental Geology Concentration is an interdisciplinary master’s program within the Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology designed to prepare students for further graduate studies or careers in either the public or private sector. This concentration focuses on the chemical, physical, and biological aspects of environmental change both in the present and in the geologic past. 

The Geoarchaeology Concentration is an interdisciplinary master’s degree program designed to prepare students for further graduate studies or careers in the public or private sector. The Geoarchaeology Concentration offers students a broad range of options to develop a curriculum that matches their particular interests and needs. The Geoarchaeology Concentration emphasizes the relationship between human culture and the natural environment and provides opportunities to apply the principles and methods of geoscience research in an archaeological context. 

The Geoinformatics Concentration is designed to prepare students for further graduate studies or careers in the field of geospatial information science and technology. Geospatial technology is a fast growing field with broad and multidisciplinary applications that has penetrated every aspect of our daily lives. The Geoinformatics Concentration provides students with up-to-date training on geospatial theory, application, and technology.

The Watershed Science Concentration is jointly sponsored between the Department of Geosciences and the Watershed Studies Institute (WSI). The Watershed Studies Institute program in Watershed Science is an interdisciplinary master’s program within the Jones 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 student’s program is developed in consultation with the graduate coordinator. Visit the Watershed Studies Institute site to learn more.

Geosciences is closely associated with the Mid-America Remote sensing Center (MARC) where hardware and software related to remote sensing and geographic information science are located. Students also have the opportunity to conduct research through activities of the department’s Archaeology Laboratory.

Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16 OR
    • Murray State University ESL Program
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • GRE Score: 300 or higher
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement

History (M.A.)

The Master of Arts program in History offers advanced study in American and Modern European History, complemented by offerings in non-Western History, to qualified students with the goal of developing research and analytical skills, an understanding of historical processes, and the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 7.0 or higher with no section below 6.5 OR
    • TOEFL: No section below 22
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • GRE Score: 300 or higher
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample
  • Major or Minor in History

Human Development and Leadership (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Human Development and Leadership program trains students to work in a very wide range of careers. They work in the non-profit area, for colleges and universities, and in business and industry. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Human Development & Leadership Letter of Application  
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16 OR
    • Murray State University ESL Program
    • AEP Conditional Admission available for students with a 5.5 (or any section score of 4.5 or 5.0) on the IELTS or 61-70 (or any section score of 13-15) on the TOEFL
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • Letter of Interest
  • Application Deadline
    March 1st - Summer/Fall Admission Consideration
    October 1st - Spring Admission Consideration

Information Systems (M.S.)

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. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • No more than 3 failing grades (backlogs) during undergraduate studies
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.5 or higher with no section below 6.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 79 with no section below 16 OR
    • For the AEP Bridge Program: 6.0 with no section below 6.0
    • For the AEP Bridge Program: 71 with no section below 16
    • Murray State University ESL Program
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • GRE or GMAT Score
    • GRE: 288 or higher OR
    • GMAT: 490 or higher
  • OPTIONAL: Students may submit resume showing work experience

Mass Communications (M.A. and M.S.)

The Master of Arts or Master of Science in Mass Communication program prepares graduate students for positions in mass communications and research, provides a foundation for study at the doctoral level, and prepares graduate students for teaching mass communications at the college level. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • Students may be accepted conditionally with a GPA of 2.5 - 2.74
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher in each section OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 18 OR
    • Murray State University ESL Program
    • AEP Conditional Admission available for students with a 5.5 (with no section below 4.5) on the IELTS or 61-70 (with no section below 13) on the TOEFL
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation from undergraduate faculty

Mathematics (M.A., M.S., and M.A.T.)

The Master of Science and Master of Arts in Mathematics 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. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16 OR
    • AEP Conditional Admission available for students with a 5.5 (with no section below 4.5) on the IELTS or 61-70 (with no section below 13) on the TOEFL
    • Murray State University ESL Program
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics
    • For M.A.T., students with a degree in another related field may be eligible

Middle School Education - Teacher Leader (M.A.Ed.)

Students must hold a Middle School (5-8, 5-9) Provisional Certificate or its equivalent to be eligible for this graduate Teacher Leader program. To complete the program and graduate, you must develop two leadership projects (an internal and external project). Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport

Music Education (M.M.E.)

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. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.5 or higher with no section below 6.0 OR
    • TOEFL: No section below 20
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • Undergraduate Major in Music or Equivalent with Teacher Certification

Nonprofit Leadership Studies (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership Studies is designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles and functions in mission-driven nonprofit sector organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life at the local, regional, national, and global levels. Commitment to innovation, social entrepreneurship, social change, engagement, and advocacy guide the curriculum. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • Students may be accepted conditionally with a GPA of 2.5 - 2.9
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.5 or higher with no section below 6.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 80 or higher with no section below 20
    • Murray State University ESL Program
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • Letter of Application
    • Should explain in detail the reasons for interest in the degree. These reasons should address: related career goals, and leadership and management expertise
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
    • Must be personally signed and sent to MSU.NLSGraduate@murraystate.edu directly from the reference 
    • References should comment on the candidate’s:
      • (1) academic potential and practical experience
      • (2) career goals
      • (3) motivations to enter the program 
  • Resume

Occupational Safety and Health (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health provides the philosophical, scientific, and technical knowledge required of individuals seeking professional management and administrative positions in the field. Students can choose from one of three Occupational Safety and Health program options: Environmental Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene, and Safety Management. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.5 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 with no section below 16 OR
    • Murray State University ESL Program
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • All International students will be admitted as Post-baccalaureate and will not be allowed to take graduate level courses or change to graduate status until they have completed all undergraduate prerequisites

Organizational Communication (M.A. and M.S.)

The Master of Arts and Master of Science in Organizational Communication prepares students for effective membership, humane management, and prudent leadership in organizations. Coursework focuses on various organizational, interpersonal, and small group communication processes vital to personal and organizational success. Students acquire advanced communication knowledge and skills in such areas as conflict resolution, managerial communication, leadership, customer relations, team communication, organizational change, healthcare communication, persuasion, intercultural communication, training, and organizational learning. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • Students may be accepted conditionally with a GPA of 2.5 - 2.9
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.5 OR
    • TOEFL: No section below 20 OR
    • Murray State University ESL Program
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport

 

Postsecondary Education Administration (PSE)  (M.A.)

The Master of Arts in Postsecondary Education Administration (PSE) prepares emerging leaders to become transformational practitioners of higher education and student affairs within the context of the P-20 environment. The mission of the program is to develop influential leaders that understand the comprehensive nature of higher education and can apply alternative solutions to contemporary issues within the field. The PSE program targets those who desire a career in this exciting field as well as individuals with an established career in higher education looking for advancement. The core curriculum fosters growth in research, human relations, multicultural inclusion, and leadership theory. The two supervised internships offer students an opportunity to test drive functional areas in higher education from an administrative perspective. Faculty advisors will work closely with each student to identify site placement to best serve his/her personal and professional goals. The specializations in Higher Education and Student Affairs are differentiated by nine credit hours of predetermined courses. Each area is described in more detail through What is Higher Education? and What is Student Affairs?

 

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts
  • Recent (<5 years) GRE score
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Application for admission to the M.A. in PSE - The application can be completed online but must be printed and submitted with required documents.
  • Two writing samples detailed on the program application
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Interview (if necessary)
  • Copy of Passport

Psychology (Clinical) (M.A. and M.S.)

The Clinical Psychology graduate program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology Accreditation Council and prepares students for certification to practice psychology. The clinical program is based on the philosophy that the Master’s degree is first and foremost a degree in psychology, and students should achieve a broad base of knowledge in the field. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

DEADLINE: March 15. This program is open only for Fall admission, and all application materials must be received before March 15 for consideration.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.5 or higher with no section below 6.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 88 or higher with no section below 20
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • GRE Score: 300 or higher
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • DEADLINE: March 15
    • No Spring Admission

Psychology (General Experimental) (M.A. and M.S.)

The primary objective of the program in General Psychology is to provide a period of graduate study during which students gain knowledge and skills necessary to seek career opportunities in governmental or community agencies, teach in two-year colleges, or pursue doctoral-level study in psychology or related fields. This program 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. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

DEADLINE: March 15. This program is open only for Fall admission, and all application materials must be received before March 15 for consideration.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.5 or higher with no section below 6.0  OR
    • TOEFL: 88 or higher with no section below 20 
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • GRE Score: 300 or higher
  • Statement of Personal Interest
  • Statement of Purpose

Public Administration (M.P.A.)

The Masters of Public Administration program provides education and training for professional careers in government agencies and non-profit organizations. It is a great way to prepare students who seek a career in public service or to enhance the careers of those already employed in the public sector. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • Students may be accepted conditionally with a GPA of 2.25 - 2.74
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 79 or higher with no section below 16
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport

School Counseling (M.A., Ed.S.)

The MSU Counseling Program is committed to a full counseling education experience for students, including knowledge, skills and personal development in an evolving and diverse world. Students applying to the CNS program should maintain qualities that meet College of Education standards. Counseling students should demonstrate inclusiveness, responsibility, enthusiasm, caring, confidence, and ethical behavior.

DEADLINE: For Fall admission, all application materials must be received before the 2nd Friday in March. For Spring admission, all application materials must be received before the 2nd Friday in October.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Application for Counseling Program
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts 
  • Recent GRE Score (taken within last 5 years)
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16
  • Letter of Intent
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Interview with Counseling Program Admissions Committee
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport

Secondary Education - Teacher Leader (M.A.Ed.)

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. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • Students may be accepted conditionally with a GPA of 2.5 - 2.9
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport

Special Education - Teacher Leader (M.A.Ed.)

This program is designed for individuals certified in learning and behavior disorders. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • Students may be accepted conditionally with a GPA of 2.5 - 2.9
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport

Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)

The Master's of Science in Speech-Language Pathology 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. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 8.0 or higher with no section below 7.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 114 or higher
      • Reading: 22 or higher
      • Listening: 22 or higher
      • Speaking: 26 or higher
      • Writing: 24 or higher
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • Speech-Language Supplemental Application (with video link)
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Writing Sample

Sustainability Science (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Sustainability Science program is an interdisciplinary exploration of sustainability issues related to science, appealing to students with interests in the environment, advance technology and sustainable development. The program is designed to provide students with a Master's-level understanding of topics including ecological health, advanced energy technology and other specific applications of sustainability. The program is designed to encourage the implementation of sustainable practices in response to local, regional, national and global issues. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16 OR
    • Murray State University ESL Program
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • GRE Scores: 297 or higher
    • Verbal Score: 148 or higher
    • Quantitative Score: 149 or higher
  • Copy of Passport
  • Bachelor's degree in related field

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (M.A.)

This Masters program provides the educational skills to teach English to students whose first language is in another language. This program includes courses in applied linguistics, teaching methods, language and culture, course design, intercultural competence, evaluation, computer-assisted language learning, and seminars in grammar, writing, and speaking. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • Conditional admission may be available for students with a GPA of 2.25 - 2.74
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.5 or higher with no section below 6.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 20 OR
    • Murray State University ESL Program
    • AEP Conditional Admission  may be available for students with a 6.0 on the IELTS  with no section below 5.5 OR  a TOEFL score with no section below 18
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • Undergraduate major in English, a Modern Foreign Language or another similar major

Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) (M.S.)

The Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management program learn how to manage technology and 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 graduates for the 21st Century Telecommunications Industry. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application 
  • Admission is possible only for the Fall semester (August intake)
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.5 or higher with no section below 6.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 79 or higher with no section below 16
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • GRE or GMAT Scores
    • GRE: 286 or higher
    • GMAT: 400 or higher
  • Copy of Passport

Watershed Science (M.S.)

the Master of Science in Watershed Science is organized as an interdisciplinary program that provides students with a unique approach to Watershed Science. The program is designed around teaching and research resources and will utilize the region's extensive aquatic ecosystems. This program trains students to understand aquatic ecosystems dynamics and the formulation of management strategies. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
    • Conditional admission may be available for students with a GPA of 2.5 - 2.74
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.0 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 16
  • GRE: 297 or higher
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport

Ed.D in P-20 & Community Leadership

The Ed.D. in P-20 and Community Leadership program produces bold and innovative agents of change who create P-20 initiatives that will benefit many communities and organizations. This program is one of the first doctorates in the nation to provide an innovative and integrated P-20 approach to educational leadership across the continuum. Visit the Department Website to learn more.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • Master's Degree from a Regionally Accredited Institution of Higher Education
    • STEM Specialization requires a Master's degree in a STEM area
  • University Transcripts with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 6.0 or higher with no section below 5.5 OR
    • TOEFL: 71 or higher with no section below 20
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • GRE Scores
  • Copy of Passport
  • Professional Resume
  • 3 Confidential Letters of Recommendation 
  • 3 or more years of successful leadership experience in a pK-12, postsecondary or related community setting
  • Letter of Application explaining addressing applicant's qualifications and purpose for pursuing the doctorate
  • Professional Essays
  • Statement of Support from Applicant's Employer or written plan for how applicant plans to meet demands of program and maintain professional responsibilities
  • Interview with Graduate Faculty

Doctor of Arts (D.A.) in English Pedagogy and Technology

The Doctor of Arts in English Pedagogy and Technology is a 48-hour, practice-based degree that embeds advanced coursework in the content areas of English and Literacy within a framework of pedagogical theory and reflection. Designed for teachers from early grades through adult education, the program offers five specializations, one of which provides supportive experiences and mentoring for teachers pursuing National Board Certification. The program may be completed in as little as three years and is available on-campus or online. DEADLINE: April 1. This program is open only for Fall admission, and all application materials must be received before April 1 for full consideration.

  • $50 International Student Application
  • Diploma or Graduation Certificate (if you have graduated)
  • Master's Degree in English, English Education, TESOL, or closely related discipline with 30 graduate credit hours and a graduate GPA of 3.2 or above
    • Completion of a graduate-level research skills course in English, English Education, TESOL, or closely related discipline with a grade of 3.0 or above
    • Conditional admission may be possible for students with a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Writing Sample
  • Portfolio of teaching materials of the applicant's own design indicative of teaching ability
  • IELTS or TOEFL Scores
    • IELTS: 7.5 or higher with no section below 7.0 OR
    • TOEFL:  no section below 24 OR
    • Previous degree in the field earned from an accredited U.S. Institution
    • Conditional admission may be possible for students with lower test scores on a case-by-case basis
  • Financial Guarantee or Bank Statement
  • Copy of Passport
  • Professional Resume
  • 3 Letters of Reference, at least two of which address the applicant's teaching ability
  • Interview with Graduate Faculty

**International students are not eligible for admission to the following graduate programs: Nursing, School Administration, Special Education, Teacher Education, Llibrary Media, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education