Admissions Requirements - Graduate

Graduate admission requirements apply to all EKU master’s, doctoral and graduate certificate programs. The requirements will vary by program. Please read the criteria carefully and contact an enrollment advisor with any questions.

Education — Master’s (MAED)

For clear admission to all MAEd program options the student must:

  • meet the requirements of the graduate school
  • *have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall or a 3.25 in the last 60 hours completed
  • or have a verbal score of 150 and a qualitative score of 140 on the GRE
  • or have a score of 389 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

Specific MAEd programs may require additional admission criteria. For more information, please contact an enrollment advisor.

*Applicants with cumulative undergraduate GPA’s of 3.0 or higher, or 3.25 or higher in their last 60 hours of undergraduate work are exempt from the GRE/MAT requirement.

Education — Master’s (MAT)

View full admission requirements to EKU’s Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs. For more information, please contact an enrollment advisor.

Industrial-Organizational Psychology — Master’s

  • Graduation from an accredited institution with a bachelor’s degree.
  • A minimum of two undergraduate psychology courses including statistics and one upper division psychology course [comparable courses in relevant disciplines (e.g., Business) will be considered].*
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75, and 3.0 overall in the last 60 hours of the bachelor’s program. Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher are exempt from the GRE requirement.
  • Targeted Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores of 149 or above on the Verbal section and 144 or above on the Quantitative section.
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation providing evidence of academic potential from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic or employment experience.
  • A statement of career goals and objectives demonstrating academic potential and appropriate interests.
  • Curriculum Vita/Resume 

View detailed admission requirements for the industrial-organizational psychology program.

*Students lacking the minimum courses may be able to complete this requirement by enrolling in PSY 309w (Statistics-Research Methods I) and/or an upper division PSY course while beginning the M.S. program through the Psychology Department’s undergraduate online degree program. Some applicants may be asked to successfully complete these requirements prior to being admitted to the program.

Justice, Policy & Leadership — Master’s

Those meeting the requirements outlined below are eligible to apply for admission to EKU’s master’s degree program in Justice, Policy & Leadership.

Applicants must:

  • be a graduate of an accredited institution with a bachelor’s degree
  • possess an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 overall or in the last 60 hours of the bachelor’s program
  • take the Graduate Record Examination* (GRE), achieving a score of 146 or above on the Verbal, 140 or above on the Quantitative and 4.0 or above on the Analytical Writing portions of the exam
  • have two persons qualified to assess their potential for graduate work submit letters of recommendation directly to the Graduate Coordinator in the School of Justice Studies (Stratton 467)

NOTE: Applicants who do not meet these GPA or GRE requirements, but who otherwise demonstrate promise for successful graduate study, may be granted probationary admission, but such applicants must comply with all requirements of the Graduate School regarding probationary admission.

*Applicants with an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher are not required to submit GRE scores. If you have completed a master’s degree and wish to waive the GRE requirement and/or transfer any of the courses to the Justice, Policy and Leadership graduate program, you must have official transcripts from the degree-granting institution submitted directly to EKU. Follow the instructions given in Step 5 of the application process. 

Nursing — Master’s

Those meeting the requirements outlined below are eligible to apply for admission to EKU’s MSN programs.

Applicants must:

  • have a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program
  • have a RN license from an approved state that is free and unrestricted, meaning that it has not been subject to reprimand, revocation, probation, suspension, restriction, limitation, disciplinary action, discretionary review/hearing or encumberance nor had any type of complaint filed against it
  • have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • have completed a 3-hour graduate or undergraduate course in statistics with a grade of “C” or higher
  • MSN-FNP and PMHNP applicants must have at least one year of RN experience by the time their application is submitted
  • Admission is competitive. Selection is based on careful consideration of all application materials, including but not limited to:
    1. academic transcripts
    2. the applicant’s goal statement
    3. three required professional references
    4. professional work experience

    In addition to the criteria listed, an interview may be requested.

    View detailed admission requirements for this program.

    Nursing — Doctorate (DNP)

    Those meeting the requirements outlined below are eligible to apply for admission to EKU’s DNP program.

    Applicants must:

    • have a master’s degree in nursing from a nationally accredited program
    • have a RN license from an approved state that is free and unrestricted, meaning that it has not been subject to reprimand, revocation, probation, suspension, restriction, limitation, disciplinary action, discretionary review/hearing or encumbrance nor had any type of complaint filed against it
    • have a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • If applicable, APRN licensefrom an approved state that is free and unrestricted, meaning that it has not been subject to reprimand, revocation, probation, suspension, restriction, limitation, disciplinary action, discretionary review/hearing or encumbrance nor had any type of complaint filed against it

    Admission is competitive. Selection is based on careful consideration of all application materials, including but not limited to academic transcripts, the applicant’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Goal Statement, three required professional references and professional work experience. In addition to the criteria listed, an interview may be requested. The Doctor of Nursing Practice Goal Statement will be evaluated for writing skills and content, both of which are heavily weighted in the admission process.  

    View detailed admission requirements for this program.

    Occupational Therapy — Doctorate (OTD)

    Those meeting the requirements outlined below are eligible to apply for admission to EKU’s OTD programs.

    Applicants must:

    • have a degree from an entry level occupational therapist program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Note: International applicants must have met all requirements for practice in their own country and graduated from an accredited or World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) approved occupational therapy program
    • be certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT). Note: International applicants must provide documentation that they are eligible to practice as an occupational therapist in their home country
    • have a graduate-level research methods course (for applicants holding a master’s degree)
    • have GRE scores of 147 or higher on the verbal and 147 or higher on the quantitative sections and a 3.5 or higher on the analytical writing section. Note: The GRE will be waived if the applicant has earned a degree from a regionally accredited institution.

    View detailed admission requirements for this program.

    Public Administration — Master’s

    Applicants who meet the criteria listed below may qualify for “Clear Admission” to the MPA program.

    Applicants must:

    • submit a complete application
    • meet the general requirements of both the Graduate School and MPA program
    • achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale). In addition, applicants are expected to have verbal scores of 145 or above, and quantitative scores of 145 or above on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher are exempt from the GRE requirement
    • provide two (2) letters of recommendation evaluating academic potential from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic or employment experience
    • submit a statement of career goals and objectives which evaluate academic potential and appropriate interests

    Students who fail to meet the targeted GPA or GRE scores specified above may be granted a probationary admission. The minimum condition for transfer from probationary admission status to clear admission status is the successful completion of at least nine hours of graduate course work with a grade point average of at least 3.0 and with no more than one grade, regardless of the number of course credit hours, of “C” or lower. Students must be removed from probationary admission prior to registering in any course work beyond an initial 12 hours. At least six hours of the first 12 hours must be in the common MPA core.