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Eastern Kentucky University

Graduate Education and Research

Graduate School 5 Programs




Looking to advance your career with a graduate degree? You’re in the right place! Eastern Kentucky University offers 4 doctorate programs, more than 35 master’s programs, an affordable tuition rate, and flexible learning options to fit your lifestyle. Submit your information below to stay up-to-date on enrollment deadlines, find out the next steps, and learn about scholarship opportunities.

Doctoral Degree Programs

Educational Doctorate Program (Ed.D.)

Ed.D- Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Options in: Curriculum Leadership for Social Justice and Educational Leadership, Policy Studies, and Social Justice


Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)



Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)


Master Degree Programs

Master of Arts (MA)

Communication Disorders
Mental Health Counseling
English & Writing Professions
Applied Mathematics
Options in: Secondary Mathematics, Applied Mathematics & Statistics


Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)

Elementary Education
School Leadership
School Librarian
Options in: Additional Certificate, Endorsement, Teacher Leader
Middle Grades Education
Options in: Agriculture, Art, Business & Marketing, Biology, Chemistry, Dual Credit Content Prep, Dual Credit Prep Instructional Computer Tech., English, Engineering & Technology Ed. (P-12), Earth Science, English as a Second Language (P-12), Family & Consumer Sciences (P-12), French, Gifted Ed. (P-12), Health, Literacy Specialist (P-12), Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Social Sciences/History, Spanish, Theatre
Literacy P-12
School Counseling
Secondary Education
Options in: Agriculture, Art, Business & Marketing, Biology, Chemistry, Instruct Comp Tech, English, Engineering & Technology, Earth Science, Family & Consumer Science Ed., Mathematics, Music, Physics, Social Science/History
Special Education
Options in: Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE)Learning and Behavior Disorders (LBD), and Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH)


Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Options in: Agriculture, Art, Biology, Business & Marketing, Chemistry, Deaf/Hard of Hearing Ed., Engineering & Technology Education, Elementary Education Teaching, Middle Grades, English, Earth Science, Family & Consumer Science, French, Health Education, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Ed., Mathematics, Music, Physical Education and Health Dual Certification, Physics, Social Science, Spanish, Theatre


Master of Business Administration

On-Campus Option
Online Option


Master of Fine Arts

Creative Writing


Master of Music

Options in: Performance, Conducting, Music Education


Master of Public Administration

Options in: Applied Policy, Community Development, Emergency Management and Disaster Resilience, and Non-Profit Management


Master of Public Health

Options in: Health Promotion and Environmental/Occupational Health and Sustainability


Master of Science

Computer Science
Options in: Artificial Intelligence Data Science, Cyber Security & Digital Forensics, Game Design
Criminology & Criminal Justice
Exercise & Sport Science
Options in: Sports Administration and Exercise and Wellness
General Psychology
Options in: Experimental and Applied Behavior Analysis
Industrial/Organizational Psychology
Instructional Design and Learning Technology
Criminal Justice Policy and Leadership
Options in: Rural Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Rural Health Family Nurse Practitioner
Recreation & Park Administration
Safety, Security & Emergency Management
Options in: Construction Safety, Corporate Security Operations, Emergency Management and Disaster Resilience, Healthcare Safety, Occupational Safety, Safety Leadership, Supply Chain Management Safety and Security
Technology Management
Options in: Agriculture Operations, Construction Management, Cyber System Tech Security, Engineering Operations


Master of Social Work

MSW Program Overview

Graduate Specialist Degree Programs



Graduate Application Deadlines

While the Graduate School continually accepts and processes applications received throughout the year, in order to be considered for a specific term you must meet the departmental deadline if applicable.

Specific Department Deadlines

  • Communication Disorders – February 15 (Summer)
  • Criminal Justice – March 15 (Summer), July 1 (Fall), November 1 (Spring)
  • DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice)– Refer to E-Campus Online
  • DOT (Doctorate of Occupational Therapy) – Refer to E-Campus Online
  • Psy.D(Doctorate of Psychology) – December 1st (Fall)
  • MAT – Refer to E-Campus Online  *New students are NOT accepted for Summer term
  • MBA On-Campus – July 15 (Fall)
  • MFA – August 1 (Fall), December 1 (Spring), May 1 (Summer)
  • MPA – Refer to E-Campus Online
  • MPH– Rolling Admissions – Summer, Spring, and Fall
  • MS Athletic Training – May 15th *(ATCAS Application must be submitted by April 30th)
  • MSN – Refer to E-Campus Online
  • Psychology: Experimental Concentration – August 1 (Fall)
  • SSEM and AJCL Online Programs – Contact SSEM or AJCL Department(s)

How early can I apply?

Domestic students are eligible to begin the application process as soon as:

  • April 1 for the following Spring semester
  • August 1 for the following Summer semester
  • October 1 for the following Fall semester

International Students

International applicants are encouraged to apply early to all programs due to time constraints of issuing the I-20. Admission applications could be automatically deferred to the following term if the application is received late in the semester. All official documents are required before sending to the department for an admission decision (two week time frame depending on program deadline).



Entrance Exam Requirements

If you apply to a program that waives the entrance exam, this requirement will be removed from your admissions checklist only when your transcript has been received, confirming either the GPA requirement or the graduate degree requirement as outlined by the program.


  • GRE: “Graduate Records Examination”. It includes three sections; Verbal Reasoning (V); Quantitative Reasoning (Q); and Analytical Writing (AW).  For more information about the test, please visit the GRE website.
  • MAT: “Miller Analogies Test,” which ask for solutions to problems stated as analogies. For more information, please visit the MAT website.
  • GMAT: “Graduate Management Admission Test”. It consists of four sections; Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical Writing Assessment, and Integrated Reasoning. For more information, please visit the GMAT website.

Graduate Education and Research

521 Lancaster Avenue
Whitlock 310 CPO 68
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: 859-622-1742

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