Online Degrees & Certificates
Agriculture - Agriscience Technology Emphasis
The Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Science is now offered in both a traditional or 100% online format through Murray State University’s Hutson School of Agriculture.
View our website for more information about the program curriculum and how to apply.
Associate of Arts - General Studies
The Associate of Arts in General Studies (AAGS) is perfect for those who are returning to school and need to earn a quick credential before beginning their bachelor's degree. It is designed with the adult learner in mind and can be completed on-campus or as a distance learning program. The AAGS prepares students for careers in general studies / liberal arts and offers the option to specialize in an area of study. The degree includes the following course requirements:
University Studies Requirements: 39-43 hours
Oral and Written Communication: 4 hours
Global Awareness, Cultural Diversity, and the World's Artistic Traditions: 3 hours
Scientific Inquiry, Methodologies, and Quantitative Skills: 10-12 hours
Social and Self Awareness and Responsible Citizenship: 6 hours
World's Historical, Literary, and Philosophical Traditions: 6 hours
University Studies Approved Electives: 10-12 hours
Approved Electives: 21 hours
This is a 2+2 program offered 100% online with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). The Bachelor of Science in Business online programs are available entirely online because of the transfer agreement between Murray State University and KCTCS. KCTCS offers all of the lower-level requirements for the degrees online. Students finish their degree online through Murray State. The Business Administration program prepares students for a variety of career opportunities. It provides students with a broad overall understanding of the different functional disciplines of business and prepares them for positions of responsibility in business organizations.
For more information, view our online business program website.
Computer Information Systems
This is a 2+2 program offered 100% online with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). The Bachelor of Science in Business degree with an area in Computer Information Systems is available entirely online because of the transfer agreement between Murray State University and KCTCS. KCTCS offers all of the lower-level requirements for the degrees online. Students finish their degree online through Murray State. The emphasis of the Computer Information Systems degree is on business computing. Students take all the business core classes (marketing, management, accounting) and enhance that education with a variety of programming courses commonly used in a wide variety of businesses. Inter-personal and group communication is stressed in most of the upper level classes. Students in this discipline are analysts – they analyze Business requirements, evaluate alternative technologies and present optimal solutions to Business managers. Their strength lies in their ability to apply state of the art technologies to help people become more productive.
Service industry, Manufacturing, and almost any organization that transacts business. Some have chosen to operate as independent contractors.
This is a Business degree. Like all Business programs in the College, the CIS program also has the distinction of being accredited by AACSB-International: The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Geographic Information Science (Certificate)
This 15-hour certificate is designed to provide students fundamental knowledge of geographic information science necessary for today’s diverse array of fields and disciplines. The certification program will provide students experience in data collection, data management methods and techniques, data visualization, data analysis and interpretation, and the principles and techniques of remote sensing. Student will gain experience using industry standard hardware and software to develop a variety of projects and GIScience applications.
Total Course Requirements............................................ 15 hours
EES 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Science
EES 512 Remote Sensing
EES 521 Geographic Information Systems
One elective course from the following:
AGR 471 Applications in Precision Agriculture
BIO 240 Biological Applications in GIS
CIS 307 Decision Support Technologies
CIS 317 Principles of Information Systems Analysis and Design
CSC 145 Introduction to Programming
CSC 232 Visual Basic Programming
CSC 310 Data Administration
CSC 345 Data Structures
EES 305 Introduction to Cartography
EES 507 Land Use Planning
EES 522 Advanced Cartography
EES 570 Computer Applications in Geosciences
MKT 585 Integrated Business GIS 1
To apply to this certificate program, complete the program application.
Do you enjoy helping people? A major in human services will prepare you for a career in a wide variety of community service settings. This degree will equip you to respond to the everyday human struggle as well as complex problems in today’s global society. You will gain the skills and knowledge necessary to work in this area as you learn how to become a professional human services worker.
Graduates of this program are proficient in human development and learning theories, human relation skills, leadership and group engagement, ethical decision making, cross cultural engagement, and the basic skills related to program evaluation and advocacy. Potential job positions include social services, child advocacy, human services direct care, family resources, family counselor, child protection, and corrections.
This degree will prepare you to continue on to several different graduate programs, including counseling and postsecondary education administration.
This degree is offered 100% online in conjunction with local community colleges. To get started today, contact the program coordinator and map out your plan to graduation! Be sure to visit our website for additional program details.
This program is designed with working adult student in mind. It is a flexible degree that allows students to tailor their studies to meet their personal and career goals. Please contact one of our advisers for more information or visit the Integrated Studies website.
Online fields of study available
- Social Sciences
- Arts & Humanities
- Agricultural Studies
- Human Services
Online course schedules are subject to change. Not all courses are offered each semester. Consult your adviser or the online schedule of courses to determine online course availability.
For more detailed information about the curriculum, visit our Integrated Studies website.
Logistics and Supply Chain Management (Certificate)
New for Fall 2019! The 15-hour certificate in Logistics and Supply Chain is designed to provide conceptual background and an introduction to analytical methods for making sound operational and strategic business decisions. The courses included in the certificate program place an emphasis on balancing the development and mastery of concepts with application through projects, simulations, and case studies.
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
This is a 2+2 program offered 100% online with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). The Bachelor of Science in Business degree with an area in Logistics and Supply Chain Management is available entirely online because of the transfer agreement between Murray State University and KCTCS. KCTCS offers all of the lower-level requirements for the degrees online. Students finish their degree online through Murray State. Murray State University’s Logistics and Supply Chain Management Area is a program that prepares individuals to manage and coordinate the efficient flow of materials, products and information within and among organizations.
According to the United States Department of Labor, the Logistics and Supply Chain Management profession is expected to grow from 5 – 10% between 2010 and 2020 (www.onetonline.org).
- Supply Chain Manager
- Purchasing Manager
- Transportation Manager
- Operations Manager
- Logistics Analyst
- Logistics Manager
Visit our website to view the Logistics & Supply Chain Management curriculum.
Manufacturing Engineering Technology
The Manufacturing Engineering Technology (MET) program will prepare you for a career in a variety of manufacturing industries. This degree is offered in conjunction with two-year community college technical programs. You must have a technical associate's degree to complete this program online. Those without a technical associate's degree may be good candidates for the Bachelor of Integrated Studies degree with a Field of Study in Manufacturing Engineering Technology. Contact us today and let us help you find the best route to graduation!
Visit our Manufacturing Engineering Technology website for curriculum information.
Nonprofit Leadership Studies
Make plans now to begin the Nonprofit Leadership Studies bachelor's degree. This program offers a 100% online path to degree completion. Instruction and curriculum include broad-based leadership training for careers in the growing nonprofit sector. The program prepares you to assume leadership roles, network with nonprofit organizations, fundraise, and maintain a quality nonprofit practice. To learn more, visit our website or contact us to get started!
Portuguese Language (Certificate )
This 12-hour fully online certificate consists of 8-week courses. If you register for the fist course in Fall 2019, you will receive a free textbook to be used for the remainder of the program. There are no regularly required virtual meetings. Instead, you will be able to learn on your own time! Visit our website for more information or contact the program coordinator.
Public and Community Health
Interested in Healthcare Administration or Health Education and Promotion? The Public and Community Health Bachelor of Science degree option is available online! According to the U.S. Department of Labor, public and community health occupations are expected to generate as many as 2.3 million new jobs by 2024. This degree is interdisciplinary in nature and provides options that allow students to prepare for various careers in public and community health organizations, such as hospitals, governmental agencies, non-profits, and worksite wellness programs. The Public and Community Health program prepares students to sit for professional certifications/licensures as well as for graduate studies in related fields. There are two distinct tracks available online, each culminating with a semester long internship: Healthcare Administration and Health Education and Promotion. For more information about each track, please go to the program website at www.murraystate.edu/pch. For questions or inquiries, please contact Dr. Miranda Terry, Director of the Public and Community Health program.
RN to BSN
The RN BSN program assumes students have completed an Associate Degree in Nursing and hold state licensure prior to admission. Whether you want to enhance your leadership potential and skills, earn a promotion, or gain personal satisfaction, our CCNE accredited RN BSN program can help you achieve your goals. The purposes of the Murray State RN BSN program are to: a) prepare a liberally educated individual; b) prepare a professional graduate who practices as a generalists, and c) prepare one who is qualified to pursue graduate study in nursing. The convenience of Murray State’s program allows the working nurse to achieve professional and educational goals in a very reasonable accelerated time frame.
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Telecommunication Systems Management
This is a 2+2 program offered 100% online with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). The Bachelor of Science in TSM online program is made possible by a transfer agreement between Murray State University and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). (View transfer sequence.) The Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology (AAS-IT) degree, delivered online by KCTCS, prepares students for completion of the program through Murray State University. While the transfer agreement applies to traditional students attending classes on-campus, as well as to online students taking classes via the Internet, it allows for students to achieve their degree objective regardless of where they are located.
Offered by the Hutson School of Agriculture, 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 a terminal degree at the doctoral level. Programs are available with an emphasis in Agribusiness Economics, Agriculture Education, Sustainable Agriculture, and with a certificate in Veterinary Hospital Management.
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Business Administration (MBA)
The 100% online MBA is AACSB accredited and can be completed within 18 months.
Career and Technical Education
The Master of Science in Career and Technical Education degree is tailored to working professionals and is designed to take your career to the next level. Contact Dr. Kemaly Parr today for more information!
View more information on the Career and Technical Education website.
The Master of Science in Economic Development will prepare students to work in the field of local and regional economic development. Students will gain both classroom and practical training in the methods of economic development. Students who graduate from the program should have the equivalent of two years of work experience in an economic development agency. In addition students should have the ability to lead a small economic development agency. It is our desire that students from this program pursue certification with the IEDC and become certified economic development professionals.
The Master of Arts in English is a 30-hour degree that embeds advanced coursework in the content area of English with options for coursework in Philosophy and Modern Languages as well. Intended for school teachers, prospective postsecondary instructors, persons who want to pursue doctoral work, and persons who simply love literature, the program offers five concentrations. It may be completed in as little as two years and is available on-campus or online.
Human Development and Leadership
The Master of Science in Human Development and Leadership (HDL) is designed to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of human service professionals. Courses focus on understanding human development and how to apply that knowledge in leadership. You will be prepared to work in administration, program development and direct service positions in a wide range of settings. Our students will have the opportunity to refine skills and understandings in working with other professionals and the public.
This is a 33 hour program. The 21 core course hours provide a solid foundation of information and skills for anyone with leadership responsibilities. A concentration area of 12 hours expands the individuals’ knowledge in a career field based on current and/or future career goals. The 21 hour core includes courses in leadership, group/team development, human development, diversity, research, legal/ethical issues, and interpersonal processes. Each course focuses on application of information to you and to your leadership role.
Note: Concentrations in College Student Personnel, Youth and Non-Profit Leadership, and Public Administration may be available online depending on course schedules. Contact Landon Clark for more information.
Information Systems (MSIS)
DescriptionThe Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) 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, to name a few. Contact Dr. Antony for more information.
Library Media (MAED)
The primary goal of the Library Media Program is to prepare graduate students for service as certified school library media specialists, grades P-12, but the courses available through the program may be applied in many contexts, including continuing education for librarians in all kinds of libraries, and for teachers. The degree is open to applicants who are certified as teachers, and to those who do not have a teaching certificate. For those who have already earned their first master’s degree, this program will qualify them for a rank change in addition to allowing them to obtain an actual degree that is much more likely to be recognized out-of-state.
The GRE is not required for admittance to the program, but initial certification students should either take the GRE with a minimum score of 400 in both the verbal and quantitative areas of the GRE, or the PPST, with minimum scores of 173 in math and in reading and 172 in writing, for admission to teacher education.
This program is 100% online expect for required practicum courses which must be completed at a school.
The Master of Music Education is offered as a distance learning program. This engaging degree does require virtual meetings. Graduates may be public school music teachers or teach at the college/university level. For more information, visit the Master of Music Education's website.
The Master of Science in Nutrition is an online, 38 credit hour program with two concentrations: Dietetic Internship Concentration and Non-Internship Concentration. The online graduate curriculum offers adult learners the opportunity to take courses at a pace that is convenient for working professionals with additional responsibilities.
Admission to Murray State University Graduate School. (View our website for details.) GRE test scores are not required for the Non-Internship Concentration. No specific undergraduate degree is required; however, some courses have a prerequisite of an introductory nutrition course and science and/or chemistry courses. Contact the program coordinator for more details!
View detailed information about curriculum and tuition costs on our website. See more by viewing our PROGRAM FLYER.
Occupational Safety and Health with an Emphasis in Safety Management
The Masters of Science (MS) degree in Occupational Safety and Health prepares individuals for leadership careers. This program is designed for those already working in the field and is especially applicable for those who have a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Safety and Health or a closely related field. The Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission of ABET (ANSAC/ABET) accredited online degree program is equivalent to the on-campus program. The admission application deadline for each cohort that begins in August is June 30th of that year. For more information regarding prerequisites, admission requirements, tuition cost and other questions, please contact Randy Keller, Program Coordinator, at (270) 809-6655 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit www.murraystate.edu/oshonline for admission requirements.
Our graduate programs in Organizational Communication instill the intangible qualities that employers are looking for in managers, training managers, sales representatives, human resource executives, non-profit administrators, and more. Upon graduation, our students leave our department with exceptional knowledge and “real world” application in team building, conflict negotiation, organizational leadership, organizational hierarchy, managerial strategies, training and development and persuasion techniques (sales). Students acquire skills for assessing communication problems, designing communication systems, and improving communication quality. Our program provides a versatile career path, while arming students with the essential skills every professional needs to excel in the business and non-profit arenas.
Postsecondary Education Administration
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 Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program prepares students for leadership careers in public service organizations. The degree is appropriate for people already working in these fields as a means of advancement and also for pre-service individuals looking to develop the skills and knowledge to enter into an administrative position.
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) The program is designed for working professionals and others whose commitments require off-campus, part-time graduate study. Courses and all other program requirements may be completed online.
Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM)
Post Master's to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program is a 32 credit hour program. The program duration is 20 months, with classes scheduled year round. The program study includes online and occasional on campus activities. Online courses will be offered during the fall, spring and summer. The program of study includes four academic semesters, 15 weeks in length; one winter intensive scheduled in January; and one summer session. The Post-MSN DNP curriculum builds on traditional MSN education with a focus on evidence-based practice; quality improvement; health policy; ethics; and leadership, management and organization of health systems. The DNP is designed for nurses seeking a terminal degree in nursing practice and offers an alternative to research-focused doctoral programs.
Please visit the DNP website for more information.
Doctor of Arts in English Pedagogy
The Doctor of Arts in English Pedagogy at Murray State University 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 in the fields of English language, literature, and literacy at secondary and postsecondary levels, the program has a core of foundation courses tied to the aspects of work that teachers actually do and encourages students to use their institutional environments as sites for action research and imaginative inquiry.
Doctor of Education in P-20 and Community Leadership (Starts online Fall 2019)
Doctor of Education in P-20 and Community Leadership (Starts online Fall 2019)
The Ed.D. in P-20 is one of the first doctorates in the nation to provide an innovative and integrated P-20 approach to educational leadership across the continuum. Starting Fall 2019, this program will be available for those learning at a distance. No on-campus components are required and students can connect to classrooms virtually for the occasional weekend course. Doctoral tuition was recently lowered for in-state and out-of-state students making this degree one of the most affordable doctoral programs in the area! In addition, you will have the option of using Prior Learning Assessment to earn credit for coursework you have already mastered in your workplace. Contact the program director today to learn how you can get started!
The Certificate in College Advising equips individuals with counseling-based advising skills and an organizational understanding for postsecondary education. Although the certificate program is open to individuals who meet the admissions criteria, ideal candidates are those who work or desire to work in the counseling or postsecondary education administration field, workforce development, or career centers.
- CNS 619: Foundational Counseling Skills
- CNS 686: Career Counseling
- PSE 616: College Students in the United States
- PSE 740: Contemporary Issues in Postsecondary Education
This 12-hour certificate program will is perfect for those working in the field of local and regional economic development. Upon successful completion of the following courses, students will be awarded a Certificate in Economic Development. Courses taken may be able to count towards a master's degree if used within 8 years. Contact the economics and finance department for more information.
- ECO 610: Introduction to Economic Development
- ECO 611: Economic Development Methods
- ECO 655: Cost-Benefit Analysis
- FIN 610: Economic Development FInance
Geospatial Data Science
The 14-hour Certificate in Geospatial Data Science (cGDS) program is designed to complement interdisciplinary graduate and professional degree programs in data science and to provide specialized set of courses emphasizing geospatial science and technology for students to gain professional skills and/or knowledge. The certification program will support professionals working in geospatial field and will provide experience using industry and federal data standards and methodologies for data acquisition/input, manipulation, analysis, modeling and output. It will also add value to traditional computer science and geography discipline areas, such as big data analytics, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS) and science, and CyberGIS.
Required Courses ........................................................... 11 hours
EES 612 Remote Sensing
EES 621 Geographic Information Systems
EES 693 Special Problems
Required Limited Electives................................................ 3 hours
BUS 684 Seminar in Geospatial Tools in Business
CIS 607 Manager’s Guide to Database
CIS 609 Data Warehouses and Business Intelligence
CIS 643 Advanced Business Analytics
CIS 695 Comprehensive Project in Computer Information Systems
CYS 615 Information System Security
EES 640 Advanced Remote Sensing
EES 660 Spatial Analysis Techniques
EES 678 Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling
EES 679 Remote Sensing of Vegetation
EES 680 Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
EES 691 Special Problems
EES 692 Special Problems
EES 696 Understanding Scientific Communication
MKT 685 Seminar in Marketing Location Analytics
Higher Education Assessment
The Certificate in Higher Education Assessment is designed to meet the need for professionals across postsecondary education institution types who are skilled in planning and carrying out assessment practices. The curriculum is focused on the development of skills that are immediately applicable at departmental, division, and institution-wide levels. This 12 credit hour program can be completed in only one year.
- ADM 735: Institutional Research, Assessment and Accreditation
- HDL 631: Educational Data Management Techniques
- HDL 633: Educational Data Mining
- HDL 632: Advanced Statistical Analyses of Educational Data OR HDL 634: Observation and Interview Assessment
Higher Education Management
- ADM 735: Institutional Research, Assessment, and Accreditation
- PSE 710: Higher Education and the Law
- PSE 755: Postsecondary Instructional Support Systems
- PSE 760: Organization and Operations in Postsecondary Education
Human Development and Leadership
The Human Development and Leadership Certificate program is designed for individuals working in positions such as administrative, program development, or direct services positions in a wide range of settings. This certificate will provide additional information and skills for those with leadership responsibilities or for those wanting to move toward assuming a greater leadership role. The four courses focus on the self (HDL660), working with diverse individuals and cultures (HDL670), developing an understanding of and how to utilize assessments in non-clinical settings (HDL675), and understanding the process of working in and with groups (HDL692).
Nonprofit Leadership Studies
The youth and nonprofit field is growing rapidly with the number of nonprofits now over 2,000,000. This indicates a 30% growth in the last decade alone. With this growth, and in order to meet the demands of those interested in community service and non-profit work, it is imperative that leaders in the field have an avenue for additional preparation. Leaders in the youth and nonprofit field often have degrees representing a broad spectrum of disciplines, including but not limited to psychology, sociology, business, recreation, organizational communication and others. Too few have degrees that are focused on the specific competencies necessary for success in the youth and human service field. This certificate focuses on these competencies and will strengthen leadership skills and programs addressing many community needs in the region.
Explore topics related to program and service development, student development theory, international student support, and contemporary issues in higher education through the curriculum. You will also have the opportunity to study abroad as part of this certificate program! This 12 credit hour program can be completed in only one year. In addition, the courses in the curriculum can be counted toward the Master of Arts in Postsecondary Education Administration degree program.
- PSE 615: Introduction to Student Affairs
- PSE 616: College Students in the United States
- PSE 630: Globalization and Internationalization of Higher Education
- PSE 740: Contemporary Issues in Postsecondary Education
ESL Certificate Endorsement for Kentucky Teachers
Murray State University TESOL program is pleased to announce web-based course offerings for Kentucky teachers wishing to earn an ESL certificate endorsement. Education professionals who hold Kentucky teaching certification may seek an ESL certificate endorsement through courses offered by the Murray State University MA in TESOL program.
View the course curriculum on our website.
Instructional Computer Technology Certificate Endorsement for Kentucky Teachers
The Instructional Computer Technology Endorsement (P-12) prepares P-12 certified teachers to infuse technology into their own teaching and to assume positions of leadership in the instructional computer technology use in their schools and districts. Program participants learn how to develop more effective instruction with appropriately infused technology so that all students can learn at higher levels. They develop the skills and dispositions of reflective decision-makers through an endorsement program that prepares them to assess and identify instructional computer technology opportunities in their teaching, to develop technology-infused instruction, and to reflect on and refine the impact of their instruction. Courses can be taken specifically for the endorsement or for the specialization portion of a masters or rank program.
Financial aid cannot be used for non-credit programs.