Graduate Programs

All Graduate Programs

Agriculture (M.S.)

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.

Dr. Dwayne Driskill
Program Director
 
(270) 809-6187
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Applied Engineering and Technology Management (M.S.)

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.

Dr. Michael Kemp
Program Director
 
(270) 809-3657
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Biology (M.S.)

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).

Dr. Michael Flinn
Program Director
 
(270) 809-6051
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Business Administration (M.B.A.)

The Arthur J. Bauernfeind Graduate Program in Business at Murray State University has a long and rigorous tradition of excellence in management education, and a recognized capacity for meeting the educational needs and challenges of MBA students in the 21st Century. In addition to the main campus in Murray, the AACSB-accredited MBA Program can be completed 100% online. Our 100% online MBA Program is ranked 16th out of 133 online MBA Programs in the USA in terms of quality, AACSB-accreditation, and relatively low cost. The ranking was done in Spring 2010 by an independent agency, GetEducated.com.

Since Spring 2005, we also offer the Murray MBA Program in Cyprus. Our longstanding AACSB accreditation (since 1976 at the undergraduate level and since 1981 at the MBA level) attests to the prestige and quality of the Murray State MBA Program. However, it is our faculty, our students, our flexible curriculum, and the variety of student-centered instructional methods—such as the case approach, simulations and web-based instruction—that provide us with competitive advantages over other MBA programs. Every year we also attract new MBA students from over 15 foreign countries, making for a diverse and lively student body.

Murray MBA students are among the very best in the world.  For instance in 2001, three of our MBA students placed 6th among 400 teams worldwide who participated in the international L’Oreal E-Strat Marketing Challenge, beating out some of the very best Business Schools in the world: among them Harvard, Wharton, Northwestern, Stanford, Oxford, London Business School, and Cambridge. The ERacers team was directed by Marketing Professor W. Glynn Mangold of the Department of Management, Marketing, and Business Administration.

The MBA Curriculum:  A total of 30 semester hours of graduate-level courses is required for completing the MBA Program.  These 30 hours include 21 semester hours of specified "graduate core"  (required or compulsory) courses and 9 hours of electives. Depending on their undergraduate major, new students may be required to take up to ten (10) undergraduate business foundation courses.

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).

Dr. Gerry Muuka
Program Director
 
(270) 809-4190
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Chemical Manufacturing Management (M.S.)

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 msu.gradchem@murraystate.edu.

Dr. Kevin Revell
Program Director
 
(270) 809-6540
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Chemistry (M.S.)

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.

Dr. Kevin Revell
Program Director
 
(270) 809-6540
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Creative Writing (M.F.A.)

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.)

Dr. Ann Neelon
Program Director
 
(270) 809-4713
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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. Recent graduates have completed Ph.D. programs at school such as Vanderbilt, Texas A&M, and George Mason. Our graduates who went directly into the workforce are working at places such as the Paducah Bank and the United Parcel Service.

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.

Dr. Martin Milkman
Program Director
 
(270) 809-4282
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Elementary Education - Teacher Leader (M.A.Ed.)

This MA 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. Students complete 30 semester hours of pre-planned graduate level course work which consists of five core courses plus either an area of elementary specialization or an area of endorsement plus one elective. To demonstrate their teacher leadership, students complete a teach leadership portfolio plus two major leadership projects.

Dr. Jacqueline Hansen
Program Director
 
(270) 809-4212
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English (M.A.)

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.

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 publishing, etc.

Dr. Kevin Binfield
Program Director
 
(270) 809-4541
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Geoscience (M.S.)

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 conducted.

Dr. Kit Wesler
Program Director
 
(270) 809-3457
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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. There are two tracks to the master of arts degree: 1) the thesis track, a 30 hour program of advanced study requiring a thesis; and 2) two non-thesis track options (American or European history) of 36 hours.

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.

Dr. Charlotte Beahan
Program Director
 
(270) 809-6577
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Human Development and Leadership (M.S.)

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.

Dr. Lee Kem
Program Director
 
(270) 809-2797
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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.  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 inclination.

Dr. Solomon Antony
Program Director
 
(270) 809-6211
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Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education - Teacher Leader (M.A.Ed.)

This graduate program is designed for students who have an undergraduate degree in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education and the IECE certification. Completion of this 30 hour program leads to continuing certification in IECE, and Master's Degree in Education, a Rank II (for Kentucky) and the Teacher Leadership Endorsement (for Kentucky).

Dr. Jo Robertson
Program Director
 
(270) 809-6845
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Mass Communications (M.A. and M.S.)

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 college level.

Dr. Debbie Owens
Program Director
 
(270) 809-6845
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Mathematics (M.A., M.S., and M.A.T.)

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.

Dr. Timothy Schroeder
Program Director
 
(270) 809-3714
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Middle School Education - Teacher Leader (M.A.Ed.)

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.

Dr. Meagan Musselman
Program Director
 
(270) 809-2799
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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. Graduates may be public school music teachers or teach at the college/university level.  Some pursue careers in administration.

Dr. Pam Wurgler
Program Director
 
(270) 809-6339
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Nursing (D.N.P.)

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.

Dr. Dina Byers
Program Director
 
(270) 809-6223
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Nutrition (M.S.)

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.

Dr. Beth Rice
Program Director
 
(270) 809-3124
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Occupational Safety and Health (M.S.)

The Department of Occupational Safety and Health offers a Master of Science degree.  The curriculum options available under this program are designed to provide the philosophical, scientific, and technical knowledge required of individuals seeking professional management and administrative positions in the field.  The graduate program in occupational safety and health is designed to prepare students to become competent and demonstrate knowledge in the occupational safety and health program options; environmental health and safety, industrial hygiene, and safety management.

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.

Dr. Bassam Atieh
Program Director
 
(270) 809-6652
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Organizational Communication (M.A. and M.S.)

The Department of Organizational Communication offers the Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in organizational communication. Graduate study 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. The program, which is theoretically and experientially oriented, provides students with course offerings allowing in-depth study and opportunity to pursue individual interests.

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.

Dr. Dave Gesler
Program Director
 
(270) 809-3174
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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. Thus, students are required to take five psychological foundation courses which prepare the graduate to enter the field of psychology and also provide the general psychology courses required by state licensing boards.  The training graduates receive enables them to work in a variety of settings such as community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, prisons, comprehensive care centers, and schools.  Some graduates also choose to teach at two-year academic institutions.

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 center’s clients.

Dr. Laura Liljequist
Program Director
 
(270) 809-2990
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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. Thus, students are required to take five psychological foundation courses which prepare the graduate to enter the field of psychology and also provide the general psychology courses required by state licensing boards.  The training graduates receive enables them to work in a variety of settings such as community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, prisons, comprehensive care centers, and schools.  Some graduates also choose to teach at two-year academic institutions.

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 center’s clients.

Dr. Laura Liljequist
Program Director
 
(270) 809-2990
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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. To meet this objective, a curriculum has been developed which will provide exposure to the breadth of psychology and intensive study of those areas that are currently of greatest concern in the field. In addition, training in statistics and research design, and participation in research are provided to strengthen the student's command of the tools of the profession.

Note: 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.

Dr. Jana Hackathorn
Program Director
 
(270) 809-2857
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Public Administration (M.P.A.)

The MPA 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.

Currently, our non-thesis program requires students to complete seven core courses in subjects such as human resource administration, organization theory and behavior, public budgeting and fiscal administration, research methods, and public policy analysis, as well as a survey seminar in public administration. Non-thesis students are also expected to complete twelve additional hours of  electives. There is also a capstone course requirement  required of  all students pursuing the non-thesis option.

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.

Dr. James Clinger
Program Director
 
(270) 809-2857
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Reading and Writing (M.A.Ed.)

Are you a licensed teacher seeking to enhance your literacy instruction skills and credentials? Do you have the desire to get involved in literacy coaching or reading recovery? If so, welcome to the Reading & Writing graduate program at Murray State University’s College of Education.We offer preparation for teachers desiring to add the Literacy Specialist K-12 Endorsement to their certificate. We provide advanced knowledge and training to work with diverse student populations as they develop reading, writing, and oral language skills.Course work includes language and literacy acquisition, reading difficulties and cross-cultural education, literature, linking assessment and instruction, hands-on practicum experiences, and other areas. We have designed the program to be convenient for current teachers. For example, the practicum (REA 639-02) experience required for the degree can be completed in your own school classroom.Our faculty members are extremely knowledgeable and highly experienced. They help you improve your practice and put you in touch with the latest theories and innovative teaching strategies. We stress the importance of recognizing a variety of literacies and the meaningful use of literacy and language to improve students' quality of life.Graduate Programs in Reading & Writing The College of Education at Murray State University provides graduate programs in Reading & writing for candidates seeking Masters and 30 above certification. Candidates in the Masters degree program may take coursework that meets requirements for the Reading/Writing Endorsement for Grades P-12. Students must apply for admission to the Graduate Program. Students should read the MSU Graduate Bulletin carefully and consult with their advisor.

Dr. Chhanda Islam and Dr. Sharon Gill
Program Director
 
(270) 809-6868 and (270) 809-2534
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School Administration (M.A.Ed. and Ed.S.)

School Administration offers a Master of Arts and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration, as well as several Kentucky administrative endorsements.  The programs are designed for certified teachers who are interested in leading schools and districts in the state of Kentucky.  The College of Education at Murray State University is NCATE accredited and therefore the degree programs meets the certification requirements in most other states.

Information for New Students

PK-12 Principal and Career Technical Education Principal Certificate

Our new program, the Regional Partnership for Principal Preparation is a 30-hour, cohort-based program that culminates in a second master’s degree and Level 1 School Principal certification. Admission requirements include: (1) a master’s degree, (2) three years of teaching experience, (3) successful completion of an application and interview during the recruitment period, and (4) a letter of support and MOA from your school district.

Supervisor of Instruction, Director of Special Education, and Director of Pupil Personnel

Our central office endorsements are built upon the school principal endorsement. Admission to these endorsement programs requires that you have either a Masters in School Administration or already hold an endorsement in one administrative area and will simply be adding another. For new students, this means that you will need to start in one of the cohorts and complete the Master’s degree prior to entering into these endorsements.  Courses for these endorsements are offered as ‘stand-alone’ and not through a cohort.  See the Revised Catalog for specific details.

School Superintendent

The School Superintendent program is largely unchanged, as experience as an administrator has always been required for this endorsement. See the Revised Catalog for more details.

Option 6 of the Alternative Routes for Administrator Certification

Since 2001, Murray State University has offered a means by which school districts can broaden an applicant pool with the inclusion of persons not yet certified.  These candidates would then have 2 years to complete all requirements. Effective July 1, 2011 Alternative Certification candidates must be part of a Cohort for initial certification.  There are other provisions for the Executive Program and endorsement extension.

Dr. Robert Lyons
Program Director
 
(270) 809-6471
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School Counseling (M.A.Ed. and Ed.S.)

The Counselor Education (CNS) Program at Murray State University is dedicated to providing quality education and training for individuals pursuing a profession in the field of counseling or school psychology. Program options include a Master of Arts in School Counseling and an Education Specialist with emphasis in School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling or 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.

Career Outlook – According to the United States Department of Labor,“Overall employment of counselors is expected to increase by 18 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than the average for all occupations. However, growth is expected to vary by specialty. Employment for educational, vocational, and school counselors is expected to grow by 14 percent . . .Employment of mental health counselors is expected to grow by 24 percent . . .”

-Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition

Dr. Alan Bakes
Program Director
 
(270) 809-5313
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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. 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. All certifications are required to take 15 hours of core courses in addition to the 15-18 hours of required for a specialization or endorsement. For more detailed information regarding the Teacher Leader Master's Degree Program, please download the advising guide or speak to your advisor.

Dr. Ginny Richerson
Program Director
 
(270) 809-4257
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Special Education - Teacher Leader (M.A.Ed.)

This program is designed for individuals certified in learning and behavior disorders. The program can also be used as a basis for developing a Rank I program. This program is designed for individuals certified in learning and behavior disorders. This program can also be used by students with a Rank II status to obtain Rank I status.

Dr. Barbara Washington
Program Director
 
(270) 809-2262
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Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)

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.

Dr. Kelly Kleinhans
Program Director
 
(270) 809-6843
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Sustainability Science

The Sustainability Science M.S. program is an interdisciplinary exploration of sustainability issues related to science, appealing to students with interests in the environment, advanced technology, and sustainable development. Integrating knowledge and experiences from each Jones College of Science, Engineering, and Technology department as well as the Hutson School of Agriculture and the College of Education; the Sustainability Science M.S. is designed to provide students with a Master's level of understanding of topics including ecological health, advanced energy technology, and other scientific applications of sustainability. The program is designed to encourage the implementation of sustainable practices in response to local, regional, national, and global issues. The course of study allows specialization in one of four tracks: Agricultural Sustainability, Environmental Sustainability, Industrial and Technical Sustainability, and Sustainability Education. All students must complete a core curriculum, two restricted electives, advanced courses in their area of interest, and a capstone two-semester practicum in which students design and implement a project in collaboration with a faculty mentor that applies their knowledge of sustainability. You can find the curriculum here.

After completion of this program of study, students will have a graduate-level understanding of sustainability science, including topics such as ecological health, advanced energy technology, and other scientific applications of sustainability. Students will be able to apply such knowledge to create solutions to current environmental problems, and have the potential to lead the world to a more sustainable future.

Dr. Howard Whiteman
Graduate Coordinator, Sustainability Science M.S.
 
270-809-6753
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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. In addition to the six semester hours credit for practicum and internship requirements, the program requires 28 hours of specified coursework, including 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.

The 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 schools.

Dr. Latricia Trites
Program Director
 
(270) 809-4721
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Teacher Education and Professional Education (Ed.S.)

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.

Dr. Ginny Richerson
Program Director
 
(270) 809-4257
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Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) (M.S.)

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.

Mr. George Rice
Program Director
 
(270) 809-6216
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Library Media (MA Ed)

Libraries are not just for books any more—technology is just as important. Overall, school libraries are about literacy—21st century literacy—reading all kinds of documents, both print and online, and knowing how to use them to answer questions and support your research. If your passion isn’t just about Winnie the Pooh and Harry Potter, but also includes wikis and Facebook, if helping kids learn and learn how to learn excites you, then library media is for you. 

Murray State University offers a master’s degree in education in library media that is open to applicants with a bachelor’s degree or above. Candidates with a master’s degree who are looking for a rank change may take this program, since a second master’s degree qualifies for a Rank I. The degree, together with the Praxis II for Library Media Specialist, will qualify you for certification as a school media librarian for P-12 in Kentucky.

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.

There are two tracks: If you are already certified as a teacher, you will take the following: MA in Education in Library Media for Certification in Library Media.

The degree is 34 credit hours, most of which are online, except for 4 practicum classes, where you work in a school library under the supervision of an experienced certified school media librarian. The GRE is not required for admission to the program.

If you do not have a prior certification, you will take the following: MA in Education in Library Media for Initial Certification.  This track is also 34 credit hours, but includes 12 weeks of student teaching at the end of the program. Students seeking initial certification in education (not currently certified in any educational area) must meet all requirements for admission to Teacher Education, including completing 200 hours of field experience, in compliance with 16 KAR 5:040 (3). The GRE is not required for admission to the program, but for entry into teacher education, you are required to have a minimum score of 400 in both the verbal and quantitative areas of the GRE, or you can take the PPST, with minimum scores of 173 in math and in reading and 172 in writing.

Dr. Johan Koren
Program Director
 
270-809-2760
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Watershed Science (M.S.)

Because of the significant increase in knowledge regarding aquatic ecosystems dynamics, the formulation of management strategies, and the importance of this field of study to future management of our nation's surface water resources, the WSI created the M.S. in Watershed Science degree program. Utilizing each of the three WSI research centers (CAL, HBS, and MARC) the M.S. 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 of the WSI and will utilize the region's extensive aquatic ecosystems.

Dr. Howard Whiteman
Program Director
 
(270) 809-6753
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Career and Technical Education (M.S. CTE)

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. All certifications are required to take 15 hours of core courses in addition to the 15 hours of required for a specialization or endorsement. If you would like more information about the program, please download the advising guide or speak to your advisor.

Dr. Barbara Washington
Program Director
 
270-809-2262
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Postsecondary Education Administration (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.

Dr. Ben Littlepage
Program Director
 
270-809-2796
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Ed.D in P-20 & Community Leadership

The EdD in P-20 and Community Leadership program will produce bold and innovative agents of change to lead to P-20 initiatives that will benefit communities and organizations in which they will serve. 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.

The Doctor of Education in P-20 and Community Leadership program is designed for working professionals and has been intentionally designed with a cohort approach to learning. Program faculty will assist each cohort to develop into an effective and productive learning community wherein students challenge and support one another. We believe that a cohort approach for adult learners fosters a spirit of camaraderie and leads to a higher completion rate as compared to other approaches to doctoral studies.

In addition, the composition of the cohort represents a variety of specialized interests including pK-12 education, higher education, STEM leadership and community leadership. Such diverse professional networks are valuable for career development, professional growth and support, as well as future collaborative projects and initiatives across sites, districts, or institutions of higher education.

The executive-style delivery of blended (weekend and web-enhanced) courses speaks to the needs of leaders surveyed in our service region. The cohort will meet, in person, four weekends per semester with the remainder of the coursework being completed via an online/distance media. There is also a one week residency on campus during the first summer semester.

Dr. Randal Wilson
Program Director
 
270-809-3168
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School Psychology

Welcome to the Murray State University School Psychology program! We offer two School Psychology training options, both of which lead to certification as a School Psychology allowing program completers to work in pre-K to 12 schools. The original program, established in 1997, is considered a "6th year" program because it requires a master's degree in a related field (e.g., counseling, psychology, communication disorders) as a prerequisite for admission. Additional specialization coursework, depending upon the student's entire graduate academic record, is provided which leads to certification. The 6th year program consists of 60 total graduate hours (6 of which are the year-long internship).

The newest program we offer is the Specialist in Education Degree program. Unlike the 6th year program, this program does not require a masters degree as a prerequisite for admission. Students can be accepted into the program after they obtain an undergraduate degree in a related field. The specialist degree requires 66 credit hours for completion. Like the 6th year program, 6 credit hours are the year-long internship. The required coursework for both programs is identical, although the Ed.S degree program requires one additional course in research-the specialty study.

The philosophy of the School Psychology program is to prepare generalists who can offer a wide range of assessment, consultation, and intervention services to a diverse population of children, teachers, and schools. As such, the coursework for the School Psychology programs consists of specialized training, supervision, and field experiences in child development, learning, assessment, mental health counseling, and academic intervention.  The training in psychology and education provides the skills to work with preschoolers, children, adolescents, teachers, and families, and emphasis is placed on developing the skills needed to work with all school personnel to help make education a positive and rewarding experience for students. For more details about School Psychology as a profession, go to NASPonline.org.

Dr. Marty Dunham
Program Director
 
270-809-6466
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