Murray State University

Murray State University is a publicly-funded higher education institution from Murray, Kentucky. It offers over 100 undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs through 6 colleges and schools. Murray State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission.

  • Average Tuition USD 20,811
  • Acceptance Rate 80%
  • Students 11,207
  • International Students 7%
  • Total Annual Cost USD 29,923
  • Campus Setting Town

School Description

Murray State University was founded in 1922 and has since served as a fundamental institute of higher education in the western end of the Commonwealth. Today, it enrolls nearly 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students representing students from across the United States and over 50 countries worldwide.

Its main campus in Murray boasts of 2 libraries, 8 residential colleges, and 74 major buildings that houses its 6 schools through which the university offers 68 bachelor's degree and 41 postgraduate degree programs in areas of business, humanities, fine arts, education and human services, agriculture, science, engineering and technology, nursing and health professions.

  • 01Murray Kentucky "Friendliest Small Town in America" -USA Today Newspaper
  • 02Safe Community-Recognized by National Safety Council as a community committed to the safety of its citizens and students
  • 03Affordable cost of Attendance- lots of options offered!

Master Programs

  • 102 Curris Center, Murray, KY 42071, USA

    Agriculture

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Science in Agriculture provides a concentration in either Agricultural Science or Agricultural Education. This program gives students the personal attention they need and it provides them with current agricultural technology to take their education to a level that will make them highly competitive in the job market.

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    Applied Engineering and Technology Management

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Department of Industrial and Engineering Technology offers the Master of Science degree in Applied Engineering and Technology Management. This degree is designed for individuals who wish to further their knowledge of management, leadership, and technology. The program is appropriate for graduates with backgrounds in technology, engineering, science, and mathematics and other related fields who have significant business/industrial work experience.

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    Biology

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Science in Biology program prepares students to assume an active career in teaching and/or research or to pursue further graduate studies. Research strengths of the department include aquatic biology, wildlife biology, mammalogy, physiological ecology, paleontology and evolution, biochemistry, molecular biology and genetics, microbial ecology, parasitology, animal behavior and botany.

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    Business Administration

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making. We have held continuous accreditation by AACSB-International—The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, since 1981, making ours one of the longest accredited MBA programs in the world. AACSB-International is the premier Management Education accrediting agency in the world, widely regarded as the “gold standard” for the prestige of any business program.

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    Chemistry

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Science graduate program in Chemistry prepares students for further academic work or for immediate employment in the chemical industry. Students gain "hands-on" experience with research tools including GC/MS, AA, NMR and FT-NMR, IR, UV/VIS, HPLC, molecular modeling and other modern analytical techniques. Active research is conducted in diverse areas of both pure and applied research ranging from the study of novel reaction mechanisms to the analysis of environmental pollutants.

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    Clinical Psychology

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Clinical Psychology graduate program is accredited by the Master’s in Psychology Accreditation Council and prepares students for certification to practice psychology. The clinical program is based on the philosophy that the Master’s degree is first and foremost a degree in psychology, and students should achieve a broad base of knowledge in the field.

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    Creative Writing

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing facilitates the creative and professional growth of writers and offers the necessary academic credentials for a writer to teach creative writing at the college or university level. It also provides a foundation for careers in other writing-related fields.

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    Economic Development

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    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.

  • 102 Curris Center, Murray, KY 42071, USA

    Economics

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    Students in this program can either complete a traditional M.S. degree in Economics or can concentrate on completing a Finance option. The degree is designed to assist students who are interested in entering a variety of Ph.D. programs as well as entering the job market directly after finishing the program. The Finance option can also train students for the CFA exam.

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    Education

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the concepts of Education. The program offers courses that focus on the study of research, and administrative and support services related to learning and teaching.

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    Elementary Education - Teacher Leader

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    This Master of Arts degree program is designed to fulfill course requirements for Rank II classification. Applicants must hold an Early Elementary (K-4, P-5, 1-8) Provisional Certificate or its equivalent.

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    English

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Arts in English has multiple tracks that allow students to specialize. The Literature track is designed primarily for students planning to pursue advanced studies. The English Education track is designed for practicing teachers wishing to improve their classroom skills while earning advanced certification. The Creative Writing track is designed for students wishing to refine their writing skills in fiction and/or poetry. The English Studies track is designed for students seeking a mix of courses (professional and/or creative) in Literature, Linguistics, and Rhetoric. The English with Philosophy as a Cognate Discipline track is designed for students with continuing interest in both English and Philosophy.

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    Geosciences

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Department of Geosciences offers a Master of Science degree in Geosciences. Students choose the thesis or the non-thesis option. Four concentrations are offered for the thesis option: Environmental Geology, Geoarchaeology, Geoinformatics, and Watershed Sciences. Each student’s program is developed in consultation with the graduate coordinator.

           

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    History

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Arts program in History offers advanced study in American and Modern European History, complemented by offerings in non-Western History, to qualified students with the goal of developing research and analytical skills, an understanding of historical processes, and the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

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    Human Development and Leadership

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Science in Human Development and Leadership (HDL) is designed to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of professionals. Courses focus on understanding human development and how to apply that knowledge to leadership in your current or future career setting. You will be prepared to work in administration, program development and in diverse career 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.

  • 102 Curris Center, Murray, KY 42071, USA

    Human Development and Leadership

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Science in Human Development and Leadership program trains students to work in a very wide range of careers. They work in the non-profit area, for colleges and universities, and in business and industry. 

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    Information Systems

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Science in Information Systems 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.

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    Mass Communications

    USD 19,542 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Arts or Master of Science in Mass Communication program prepares graduate students for positions in mass communications and research, provides a foundation for study at the doctoral level, and prepares graduate students for teaching mass communications at the college level.

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    Mathematics

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    he Master of Science and Master of Arts in Mathematics degrees are designed to provide students with the opportunity to study graduate-level mathematics so that they may (1) obtain preferred employment in mathematics with government or industry, (2) teach at the junior college level or be better prepared to teach at the secondary school level, or (3) continue working toward a doctor of philosophy degree.

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    Middle School Education - Teacher Leader

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    Students must hold a Middle School (5-8, 5-9) Provisional Certificate or its equivalent to be eligible for this graduate Teacher Leader program. To complete the program and graduate, you must develop two leadership projects (an internal and external project).

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    Music Education

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Music Education degree program is designed to help develop the candidate's qualities of professional leadership. The curriculum is planned to emphasize the investigation of important ideas and practices pertaining to school music, continue the development of musical skills and concepts, and provide opportunities to acquire both greater breadth of musicianship and a useful degree of specialization as it affects the music teaching/learning process.

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    Nonprofit Leadership Studies

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership Studies is designed to prepare individuals for leadership roles and functions in mission-driven nonprofit sector organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life at the local, regional, national, and global levels. Commitment to innovation, social entrepreneurship, social change, engagement, and advocacy guide the curriculum.

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    Occupational Safety and Health

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Science in Occupational Safety and Health provides the philosophical, scientific, and technical knowledge required of individuals seeking professional management and administrative positions in the field. Students can choose from one of three Occupational Safety and Health program options: Environmental Health and Safety, Industrial Hygiene, and Safety Management.

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    Organizational Communication

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Arts and Master of Science in Organizational Communication prepares students for effective membership, humane management, and prudent leadership in organizations. Coursework focuses on various organizational, interpersonal, and small group communication processes vital to personal and organizational success. Students acquire advanced communication knowledge and skills in such areas as conflict resolution, managerial communication, leadership, customer relations, team communication, organizational change, healthcare communication, persuasion, intercultural communication, training, and organizational learning.

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    Postsecondary Education Administration

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    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.

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    Psychology

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The primary objective of the program in General Psychology is to provide a period of graduate study during which students gain knowledge and skills necessary to seek career opportunities in governmental or community agencies, teach in two-year colleges, or pursue doctoral-level study in psychology or related fields. This program does not train students in the practice of psychology. Thus, graduates with this degree cannot conduct any form of counseling, psychotherapy, psychological testing, or psychological evaluations. The Master's program in Clinical Psychology trains students in the practice of psychology.

  • 102 Curris Center, Murray, KY 42071, USA

    Public Administration

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Masters of Public Administration program provides education and training for professional careers in government agencies and non-profit organizations. It is a great way to prepare students who seek a career in public service or to enhance the careers of those already employed in the public sector.

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    School Counseling

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The MSU Counseling Program is committed to a full counseling education experience for students, including knowledge, skills and personal development in an evolving and diverse world. Students applying to the CNS program should maintain qualities that meet College of Education standards. Counseling students should demonstrate inclusiveness, responsibility, enthusiasm, caring, confidence, and ethical behavior.

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    Secondary Education - Teacher Leader

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    If your goal is to become a secondary teacher, you will have an opportunity to touch many lives throughout your career. The effect you will have is far reaching. You can choose from three certification levels: grades 8-12, 5-12, and P-12.

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    Special Education - Teacher Leader

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed for individuals certified in learning and behavior disorders.

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    Speech - Language Pathology

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master's of Science in Speech-Language Pathology includes graduate course work and multiple clinical practicum experiences each semester. These experiences include the MSU Speech and Hearing Clinic, three preschool programs, area schools, hospitals, and various medical settings. The program is accredited by the Council of Academic Accreditation of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

  • 102 Curris Center, Murray, KY 42071, USA

    Sustainability Science

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Science in Sustainability Science program is an interdisciplinary exploration of sustainability issues related to science, appealing to students with interests in the environment, advance technology and sustainable development. The program is designed to provide students with a Master's-level understanding of topics including ecological health, advanced energy technology and other specific applications of sustainability. The program is designed to encourage the implementation of sustainable practices in response to local, regional, national and global issues.

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    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    This Masters program provides the educational skills to teach English to students whose first language is in another language. This program includes courses in applied linguistics, teaching methods, language and culture, course design, intercultural competence, evaluation, computer-assisted language learning, and seminars in grammar, writing, and speaking.

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    Telecommunications Systems Management

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Science in Telecommunications Systems Management program learn how to manage technology and telecommunications technology. This unique combination of skills is possible because of the program's interdisciplinary nature, combining technical and technology skills with business skills to produce well-rounded graduates for the 21st Century Telecommunications Industry.

  • 102 Curris Center, Murray, KY 42071, USA

    Watershed Science

    USD 20,811 Tuition Fee

    The Master of Science in Watershed Science is organized as an interdisciplinary program that provides students with a unique approach to Watershed Science. The program is designed around teaching and research resources and will utilize the region's extensive aquatic ecosystems. This program trains students to understand aquatic ecosystems dynamics and the formulation of management strategies.

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  • Forbes (USA)
    Forbes (USA) 564

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 3.00
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 71
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.00
  • Minimum incoming GRE 286
  • Minimum incoming GMAT 400
  • Minimum SAT 910
  • Minimum ACT 21
  • Average SAT Score 1000

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          • Testimony
            1997-1999, Master of Arts

            Fantastic Master's Program in Recreation

            Murray State offered a very hands-on curriculum in Recreation and Natural Resource Management at the Master's level; very well grounded in fieldwork, and great faculty.

          • Testimony
            2001-2006, B.S.

            Beautiful Campus, Great People, and a great education

            I attended Murray State University with a degree in Organizational Communication. My time there was a great experience and I took away a deeper knowledge of business practices, a greater understanding of myself, and deep respect for people from many different backgrounds. Southern Hospitality with a passion for excellence in education makes Murray State a top pick. The lessons and experiences I gained at Murray State still help me to this day.

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            2000-2004, BS

            A Quality Education with Excellent Faculty and Staff

            I am proud to have graduated in Telecommunications Systems Management (TSM) at Murray State. This program is truly one-of-a-kind. Almost all of the faculty have worked in the industry prior to their tenure at MSU. This was an immense strength that helped prepare me for the real world. Rather than being education by faculty that only teach from a book, I was given practical, hands-on knowledge that prepared me for the work force from day one. Many of the things I learned at MSU I still use on a daily basis.