Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership Studies - Master of Science in General Experimental Psychology

The dual master's degrees in Nonprofit Leadership Studies (NLS) and General Experimental Psychology (GEPSY) at Murray State University enable students to take a five-semester or six-semester sequence of courses leading to two degrees – a master’s degree in NLS and a master’s degree in GEPSY. Students are required to comply with the specific policies set up by the dual master’s degree in which they have been admitted.

Application and Admission
Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education and must declare at the time of application the intention to pursue a dual degree in NLS/GEPSY. Applicants must be accepted for unconditional admission by the NLS program as well as accepted for admission by the GEPSY program. The normal criteria for admission to each program apply. If a student only meets the admission criteria of one program, the applicant must apply separately to that single degree program and is then required to meet the graduation requirements of that program.

Academic Standing
Grade point averages (GPA) in the two programs are computed separately. To continue with the dual NLS/GEPSY degrees, students must meet the academic standards in each program. Students failing in one program but meeting academic standards in the other may reapply for admission to the degree program in which the student is able to meet the academic standards and may transfer in completed course work that is applicable to that program.

Course Progression
Students are required to work consistently toward both degrees. Students will be assigned one advisor from each program to support students’ successful course progression, and students are expected to meet with each advisor at least once each semester to ensure both programs are being completed in a timely manner.

Graduation Criteria
Students in the NLS/GEPSY program must complete the thesis required for the GEPSY program. The thesis committee will be chaired by a member of the graduate faculty from the psychology department. One member of the thesis committee will be from the graduate faculty of the NLS program. The choice of thesis topic should be a collaborative decision between the student and the thesis committee and should be a topic relevant to both psychology and nonprofit leadership. Successful completion of the GEPSY thesis will fulfill the comprehensive examination requirement for the NLS degree. The degrees in NLS and GEPSY must be awarded at the same time.

Please visit this web page from the Office of the Registrar to access current Academic Bulletins for information regarding curriculum requirements and course descriptions.