Admissions Graduate Brochure - 2021

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KentuCky 2022 GUIDE F OR 2021R G ADUATE ST U DEN T S

MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN The opportunity to advance your career with a graduate education is undoubtedly a worthwhile endeavor. At EKU, we continue to build on our more than 100-year history as an institution of higher education. As you investigate which university is right for you to embark upon graduate studies, allow me to identify a few important considerations. First, consider the quality and reputation of the university and its graduate programs. At EKU, teaching excellence is job one and our quality programs start with quality faculty. All graduate faculty are evaluated regularly and must demonstrate expertise in their respective fields, ability to provide quality instruction, and a commitment to scholarship. Additionally, our programs are of the highest quality teaching knowledge, skills, and abilities that are required in today’s job market. As such, our alumni work in successful careers doing the work that they love. Last, it is important to understand that EKU is regionally accredited by the SACS-COC and many of our graduate programs are accredited by their discipline-specific accrediting bodies. Next, is your desired graduate program available at the university? At EKU, we offer over 35 master’s level degree programs from all six of our academic programs. Additionally, we offer four doctoral degrees and a specialist degree from the College of Education and Applied Human Sciences. Finally, we offer over 55 certificates and endorsements to add to your credentials and advance your career. Further, we are proud to offer flexibility and accessibility to our graduate students through a variety of program delivery options. Over half of our graduate programs allow for 100% completion, which enables working professionals to take advantage of the amalgamation of modern technology and quality instruction. Simply stated, this combination allows for quality instruction when it is convenient for our students. The coupling of a proven brick-and-mortar university with an effective online delivery system enables success for our graduates. In addition to fall and spring courses, we offer courses year round with robust winter and summer offerings. In the end, it’s up to the student on whether to fast track the degree progress or take it a bit slower. Either way, our primary goal is our student’s success. Finally, let’s be realistic for a moment and talk value. As a public, regional, comprehensive university, our graduate tuition is competitive with other institutions in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and throughout the United States. In fact, it is considerably less than many programs offered by private and for-profit institutions. I am also happy to announce that we are waiving the graduate school application fee, so you can apply today for free! The pathway to success awaits you at the EKU Graduate School, and we look forward to the opportunity to tell you more.

AWARD-WINNING PROGRAMS DID YOU KNOW... • The EKU Online graduate education program ranked among the best online programs by U.S. News and World Report: • Ranked #1 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs for Veterans • Ranked #10 in Best Online Graduate Education Programs

• EKU ranked Top 15 in “Best for Vets” Military Times

• EKU Online nursing degrees were ranked #23 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report, 2017.

• The EKU Online OTD program ranked #6 in “2018 Best Online Colleges for a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy.”

• The EKU Online Master of Arts — Special Education was named #11 among the top 50 schools in the nation.

VALUE/ OPPORTUNITIES GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIPS FULL-TIME • $5,600 stipend per semester (20 hours/week) • 6 credit hour waiver HALF-TIME • $2,800 stipend per semester (10 hours/week) • 3 credit hour waiver CRITERIA • Clear admission to EKU • Maintain a 3.0 overall graduate GPA • Maintain full-time graduate enrollment (9 hours per regular semester) To find positions, contact your department or search the EKU employment website: LEARN MORE

QUALITY • One of “America’s Top Colleges” by Forbes for 12 consecutive years. • Ranked among the Best Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report for 11 consecutive years. • Named a “Best Bang for the Buck” college by Washington Monthly, a listing of schools “that help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.” • Earned Top Ten status, the highest possible, in the Military Friendly® Schools review. EKU is the only university in Kentucky to earn Top Ten distinction in the Large Public category for the 2021-22 rankings. • Consistently placed in the top 10 percent of

“Military Times: Best for Vets” public universities


and number one in Kentucky.

1. Graduate students are eligible to apply for programspecific Foundation scholarship opportunities to reduce the cost of tuition.

• Recognized for outstanding service by U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, Military Times and more.

To qualify, you must submit the Foundation scholarship application, two letters of recommendation and any applicable essays by the defined spring deadline. Visit to apply. 2. Summer Microscholarships - Apply at (Deadline: April 15)

FLEXIBILITY The Graduate School offers more than 35 programs consisting of online and on-campus formats to meet your needs as a graduate student and working professional. In addition to master’s and doctoral programs, there are also numerous certificate options that can be completed at an expedited rate. Review our programs list for more information! SUMMER/WINTER TERM OPTIONS • Catch up • Stay caught up • Get ahead • Take a difficult course • Graduate on time (or early)

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS • • Master of Business Administration







• Communication Disorders

• Athletic Training • Nursing • Exercise & Sport Science

Master of Arts in Education • Early Elementary Education (P-5) • Gifted Education (P-12) • Literacy Specialist (P-12) • Middle Grade Education • School Counseling • School Leadership • School Librarian (P-12) • Secondary Education (P-12) Master of Arts in Teaching • Agriculture • Art (P-12) • Biological Science (8-12) • Business and Marketing (5-12) • Chemistry (8-12) • Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing • Earth Science (8-12) • Elementary Education P-5 Teaching • Engineering and Technology Education (5-12) • Family and Consumer Sciences (5 -12) • French (P-12) • Health Education (P-12) • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education • Mathematics (8-12) • Middle Grades 5-9 Teaching • Music (P-12) • Physical Education (P-12) • Physical Education and Health Dual Certification (P-12) • Physics (8-12) • Social Science (8-12) • Spanish (P-12) • Theatre (P-12)

Doctor of Education


• District Administration • School Principal • Superintendent

Master of Arts • Clinical Mental Health Counseling

• Special Education


Specialist in Education

• Counselor Education and Supervision • Curriculum Leadership for Social Justice • Leadership, Policy Studies, and Social Justice


Master of Science

• Recreation & Park Administration • Master of Public Health • Doctor of Nursing Practice • Doctor of Occupational Therapy

COLLEGE OF JUSTICE, SAFETY & MILITARY SCIENCE Master of Science • Criminal Justice Policy and Leadership • Criminology & Criminal Justice • • Safety, Security & Emergency Management

COLLEGE OF LETTERS, ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCES Master of Science • • General Psychology • Industrial and Organizational Psychology • Instructional Design & Learning Technology Master of Arts • English and Writing Professions • History • Master of Fine Arts, Creative Writing • Master of Public Administration • Master of Social Work • Master of Music • Doctor of Psychology

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHEMATICS Master of Arts • Mathematics Master of Science • Biology • Chemistry • • Computer Science • Technology Management ( • TRADITIONAL



ADMISSION STANDARDS To be admitted to graduate programs at EKU you must: • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution • Have an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 • Meet the entrance examination requirements of your program For program-specific requirements, contact your graduate program. Find program deadlines at:


REQUIREMENTS • Completed application

• Application fee waiver for 2021-22 academic year • Official transcripts • Official test scores ** Document requirements for admission will vary by program. International students will have additional requirements that must be submitted for F1 visa, to include: a bank or scholarship letter, a current passport and successful completion of the TOEFL, IELTS, or ELS program. For more information concerning enrolling in the ELS program please go to Applicants seeking conditional admissions must be enrolled in ELS.


CONNECT COLLEGE OF BUSINESS Business Administration 859-622-7701


COLLEGE OF LETTERS, ARTS & SOCIAL SCIENCES Bluegrass Writers Studio 859-622-6263 English 859-622-5861


Government 859-622-5931

Teaching, Learning, and Educational Leadership 859-622-1125

History, Philosophy & Religious Studies 859-622-1287

COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES Public Health 859-622-7566 Exercise & Sport Science 859-622-1889 School of Nursing 859-622-1827 Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy 859-622-3300 Recreation and Park Administration 859-622-1833

COLLEGE OF JUSTICE, SAFETY & MILITARY SCIENCES Criminal Justice 859-622-3565 Criminal Justice, Policy & Leadership 859-622-5086 Safety, Security & Emergency Management 859-622-6921

Instructional Design and Learning Technology instructional-design 859-622-4455 School of Music 859-622-3266 Social Work 859-622-1645 Psychology 859-622-1105

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATHEMATICS Applied Engineering &Technology 859-622-3232 Biological Sciences 859-622-1531 Chemistry 859-622-1456 Computer Science and Information Technology 859-622-2398 Mathematics & Statistics 859-622-5942

EKU Graduate Education and Research 310 Whitlock, CPO 68 Eastern Kentucky University 521 Lancaster Ave. Richmond, KY 40475-3168 859-622-1742

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