Graduate Certificates

Graduate Programs Tuition and Fees

Graduate Certificates

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.

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This graduate certificate is designed to complement interdisciplinary graduate and professional degree programs in data science to provide specialized courses that emphasize geospatial science and technology. This certificate program supports professionals working in the geospatial field and provides experience using industry and federal data standards and methodology for data acquisition/input, manipulation, analysis, modeling and output. It’ll also add value to traditional computer science and geography discipline areas, such as big data analytics, geographic information systems (GIS) and science, remote sensing and CyberGIS.

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Faculty Contacts

Chair: Dr. Qiaofeng (Robin) Zhang | qzhang@murraystate.edu and 270.809.6760

Graduate Program Coordinator: Dr. Gary Stinchcomb | gstinchcomb@murraystate.edu and 270.809.6761

The Health Communication Certificate provides specialized knowledge of effective communication practices within healthcare settings. Courses and research are designed to encourage one’s understanding of a variety of communication concepts that are valuable in healthcare-related organizations.

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Administration

The Health Communication Certificate is administered by the Graduate Director of Organizational Communication and Leadership, housed within the Department of Organizational Communication and Leadership in the College of Business.

Requirements for Admission

Students who hold an undergraduate degree or are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program may apply for the Health Communication Certificate program. Persons who already hold a graduate degree may also apply for the Certificate program.

Applicants must comply with Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2 of current Graduate Bulletin). For unconditional admission, an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last two years of undergraduate work with at least a minor in communication, business, or related field. For conditional admission, an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50 is required.

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.

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The Certificate in Higher Education Management equips individuals with administrative skill sets and an awareness for organizational constructs applicable to varying postsecondary institutional types. Topics related to assessment, accreditation, budgeting, finance, jurisprudence, organizational systems, and strategic planning are explore through the curriculum. 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 postsecondary education administration field.

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Certificate programs are a specialized set of courses emphasizing a professional skill or knowledge base offered by Murray State University. Certificate programs enhance an existing degree discipline or provide additional educational background in a new field or profession. The requirements for admission vary by program and programs typically range from 12 to 21 credit hours. Successful completion of certificate program requirements will be posted on the student’s transcript. The maximum completion time allowed is eight years from the start of certificate coursework. Murray State Certificate programs are neither degree programs, initial teacher certification programs, nor a Rank change certified by the KY Educational Professional Standards Board. Please contact the program coordinator in the area in which you are interested for more information.

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Overview

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). This certificate will be offered 100% online.

Administration

The Human Development and Leadership certificate program is administered by the Coordinator of the HDL program, housed within the Educational Studies, Leadership and Counseling department, College of Education. HDL faculty within the department will assist the Coordinator as needed in developing and reviewing the program objectives, approving courses within the HDL program, and approving student projects and requests for course substitutions.

Requirements for Admission

Students with an undergraduate degree or those currently enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program may apply for the Human Development and Leadership Certificate program. Persons who already hold a graduate degree may also apply for the Certificate program.

Applicants must comply with Murray State University requirements (see College of Education chapter in the current Graduate Bulletin). For unconditional admission, an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required. For conditional admission, applicants will be required to write a letter explaining their GPA, what has changed that would lead to the probability of success in the program, and their purpose in pursing the HDL certificate program. The Department Chair and program Coordinator admission decision will be determined based on the probable successful completion of the Certificate courses.

Faculty Contact

For more information please contact Dr. Landon Clark at lclark23@murraystate.edu.

Overview

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. This certificate can be completed 100% online.

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Administration

The Nonprofit Leadership Studies Certificate will be administered by the Director for Nonprofit Leadership Studies housed within the Department of Organizational Communication and Leadership. Other faculty within the program will assist the director in teaching courses, assessment, and additional tasks needed to facilitate student completion of the certificate.

Requirements for Admission

Admission is based on applicants holding an undergraduate degree from an accredited higher education institution. Applicants must comply with the Murray State University requirements (see Graduate Admissions). Additional requirements for unconditional admission are as follows:

  • unconditional admission is based on an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • conditional admission for applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.0 requires a letter of application to the Program Director of the Nonprofit Leadership Studies Program describing the interest in the program. A student who is admitted conditionally must maintain a GPA of 3.0. Failure to do so results in academic probation or academic suspension, per University policy.

Faculty Contact

For more information please contact Dr. Elise Kieffer at ekieffer@murraystate.edu or 270.809.3307

The Certificate in Organizational Dynamics is designed to enhance a person’s ability to lead and be effective in an organizational setting. Emphasis is placed on recognizing and responding to internal and external issues to the organization that impact productivity, reputation, and success.

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Administration

The Certificate in Organizational Dynamics is administered by the Graduate Director of Organizational Communication and Leadership, housed within the Department of Organizational Communication and Leadership in the College of Business.

Requirements for Admission

Students who hold an undergraduate degree or are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program may apply for the Certificate in Organizational Dynamics program. Persons who already hold a graduate degree may also apply for the Certificate program.

Applicants must comply with Murray State University requirements (see Chapter 2 of current Graduate Bulletin). For unconditional admission, an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher in the last two years of undergraduate work with at least a minor in communication, business, or related field. For conditional admission, an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.50 is required.

Faculty Contact

For more information please contact Dr. Steve Cox at scox@murraystate.edu.

The Certificate in Student Affairs equips individuals with an organizational and theoretical overview applicable to varying institutional types. Topics related to program and service development, student development theory, international student support, and contemporary issues are explored through the curriculum. 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 postsecondary education administration field.

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Overview

The Veterinary Hospital Management Certificate is designed to complement the undergraduate and graduate professional degree programs. The Certificate program’s objectives are to provide students with opportunities to expand their knowledge in Veterinary Technology, to explore the business operation of a veterinary clinic, and to experience how the combination of their academic undergraduate and certificate course work can complement their job search. The Certificate program is offered through traditional classroom work and online through Murray State University.

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Administration

The Certificate in Veterinary Hospital Management is administered by the Head of the Veterinary Technology Program, housed in Carman AHT Center on College Farm Road. Faculty within the department will assist the Head in developing and reviewing the program objectives, approving courses with the Certificate program and overseeing specific student projects.

Requirements for Admission

Students who hold an undergraduate degree in Veterinary Technology or are currently enrolled in the graduate program may apply for acceptance into the certification curriculum. Persons who already hold a graduate degree may also apply.

Applicants must comply with Murray State University Admission Requirements.

For unconditional admission, an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is required; for conditional admission, judgment will be determined by probable success based on Graduate Record Examination scores, letter of recommendation, and/or other evidence such as a planned program of prerequisite courses.

The Veterinary Hospital Management Certificate Program requires the completion of 18 hours of graduate level coursework. Relevant independent study courses may count toward the Certificate only upon approval by the Head of the Veterinary Technology Program.

Faculty Contact

For more information please contact Dr. Terry Canerdy at tcanerdy@murraystate.edu.

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