Center for Academic Success

Student success is the focus in the Center for Academic Success (CAS). The CAS is the primary home for the peer tutoring program, RacerWorks sessions, the Bachelors of General Studies (BGS) degree, English and reading KYOTE tests, and corequisite English and reading courses. In the CAS, you will find professional advisors, dedicated instructors, and outstanding Murray State students eager to help you become a successful college student. Our tutoring service is available for any Murray State student currently taking classes.


The Center for Academic Success at Murray State offers a variety of courses in the following areas:

  • English (ENG): ENG 111, Fundamental Writing Skills: A one-hour elective credit course designed to further strengthen writing skills. ENG 111 must be taken concurrent with ENG 105. This course is required for students with English ACT scores of 17 and below. For more information, please refer to the Murray State University Undergraduate Bulletin or contact Dr. Shauna Mullins at
  • Reading (REA): REA 112, Fundamental Reading Skills I: A one-hour elective credit course designed to further strengthen reading skills. REA 112 must be taken concurrent with ENG 105. This course is required for students with reading ACT scores of 19 and below. For more information, please refer to the Murray State University Undergraduate Bulletin or contact Ann Matheny at

Bachelor of General Studies Program

The Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) is a baccalaureate degree for traditional students with at least 72 hours of consecutive college credits entering their junior or senior year. This program is for students who resolve to obtain a college degree in a timely manner, though different from their previous declared major, and plan to use a college degree to find employment, strengthen future employment opportunities, and reach personal goals. The mission is to prepare undergraduate students for today’s ever-changing workforce and to promote skills needed to succeed in a variety of professions.  

Please contact Dr. Shauna Mullins at or 270.809.2667 for inquiries.

Admission Requirements

Admission into the program is available to traditional students who meet the following conditions:

  • Must have 72 hours of prior credit
  • Must have a 2.0 minimum overall and institution GPA 
  • Must be currently enrolled in the university 
  • Must have a referral from current advisor
  • Must apply for admission into the program
  • Must have approval from the BGS coordinator


Due to accreditation requirements of the Bauernfeind College of Business, any student who wishes to apply business course credits to the Bachelor of General Studies must consult the BGS coordinator. No more than 30 credit hours in certain Business prefixes will count toward this degree  (refer to the Authur J. Bauernfiend College of Business requirements in the academic bulletin). This degree is not designed for students who want or who are required credentials for entry into professional fields that require a specific undergraduate course of study.

General Degree Requirements and Core Courses

The Bachelor of General Studies degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours with 15 hours focused on experiential learning and career success, 21 hours of primary focus core courses, and 30 individualized focus. The curriculum aims to develop foundational skills in technology, communication, and financial literacy which will enable graduates to enter, contribute, and thrive in today’s workforce.

A minimum of 40 credit hours must be taken with Murray State. Additionally, 42 upper-division credits (courses taken at or above the 300-level) must be earned, 15 hours of upper-level classes must come from classes not in University Studies or Unrestricted Electives, and an overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained to meet regular graduation requirements. 

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Free peer tutoring is offered without appointment for many University Studies classes. Located on the first floor of Lowry Center, tutors are available Monday through Thursday afternoons during fall and spring semesters. Find more information on Lowry Tutoring. 

Find additional campus tutoring, including information on the Ross Math Lab and the Racer Writing Center.

For more information contact Sarah Verive at or 270.809.6267.

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