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Morehead State University has many online graduate degree and non-degree programs that are carefully designed to provide students with the tools they need not only to succeed in their careers but to become leaders in their field. All of our online programs are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).


Doctor of Education (Adult and Higher Education Leadership, P-12 Administrative Leadership & Educational Technology Leadership)

The MSU doctorate in education (EdD) is designed to meet the distinctive needs of P–12 practitioner-leaders by addressing the call put forth by the Southern Regional Education Board and others to ensure that there is a “quality leader in every school.” There are two main tracks in the proposed program. The program’s first track, focusing on P-12 Administrative Leadership, provides opportunities for P–12 educators to remain on the job and be involved in rigorous leadership training while conducting research designed to bring about improved student achievement in their schools. The second track of Educational Technology Leadership is designed for the educational leader to provide leadership and support of colleagues through instructional design, curriculum development, and educational technology implementation and integration.

This is a practitioner-based doctorate designed to provide advanced training for those P-12 and technology leaders on the job. The overall goal of the program is to improve the educational attainment of residents of the eastern region of Kentucky.

Contact Dr. David Barnett  

Master of Arts in Adult & Higher Education

This program is designed to develop the capacity of individuals to plan, organize, and carry through a variety of education and service programs to meet adult learners' needs in postsecondary and adult continuing education institutions. This program is not approved for rank change for public school teachers. Our 30-hour Adult and Higher Education Master of Arts program includes a nine-hour area of specialization that can be tailored to student interests and aspirations.

Contact Dr. David Barnett  

Master of Arts in Communication

The M.A. Degree in Communication is a 30-credit hour program with non-thesis and thesis options. Beginning in 2012, all of the courses required for the degree will be available online. Our graduates have used the degree to expand their career opportunities by: serving as leaders in public or private organizations, teaching at community colleges, pursuing the Ph.D.

Contact Dr. E. Noel Earl  

Master of Arts in Education - Educational Technology

Teachers completing this M.A. program will receive training in the areas of instructional technology and design based on best practices in instructional computer technology. This program will support the efforts of teachers who are interested in integrating technology into their instruction and are interested in providing instructional technology and instructional design leadership.

Contact Dr. Chris Miller  

Master of Arts in English

The Masters of Arts in English at Morehead State University offers students a comprehensive overview of advanced literary study as well as courses in creative and technical writing and linguistics. The 33-hour program offers both thesis and non-thesis options as well as a full array of Internet courses in all the major areas of English Studies. Morehead is one of the few accredited schools in the nation to offer a Master’s degree in English completely online, and it is the first in the region to fully support a virtual learning environment. Students who pursue their degree at Morehead State are offered both the flexibility of a self-paced distance learning program that is based on an adult model of education and the dynamic interaction between people in a traditional classroom setting. 

Contact Dr. Layne Neeper  

Master of Arts in Social Sciences

In Fall 2011, MSU inaugurated the Master of Arts in the Social Sciences degree program as a new interdisciplinary graduate program. Located in the Department of Interdisciplinary and International Studies, the Masters in Social Sciences program provides an innovative approach to graduate education in the social sciences. Students can either complete the program completely online or combine online classes and classes on the MSU campus. The MA in Social Program offers 6 hours of classes on campus to meet requirements for international students. There are also thesis and non-thesis options and evening classes for students with full-time jobs.

Completing the Masters in Social Sciences program helps students develop advanced skills in social science research and prepares students for career advancement in the teaching field, law school and Ph.D. programs, community college teaching, and work with non-profits and NGO’s. Graduate assistantships are available for highly qualified students.

Contact Dr. Ric Caric   

Master of Arts in Sport Management

The program is designed to provide students with opportunities to develop and demonstrate the expertise and research skills which are necessary to enable them to make independent professional contributions in Sport Management.

Contact Dr. Julia Hypes  

Master of Arts in Wellness Promotion

The Wellness Program integrates the specialized skills of exercise prescription and program planning for health promotion.  Career opportunities include wellness center, health departments, YMCA's, hospitals, clinics and community health agencies.

Contact Dr. Monica Magner  

Master of Business Administration

  •  Health Systems Management Track

Our MBA program can be completed online via the Internet. Internet classes may be accessed from anywhere using our Blackboard course management system; all you need is a computer, an Internet connection, a software package such as Microsoft Office and an e-mail address. The degree requirements for our MBA specify that all students must complete 24 core (required) hours and 12 hours of free electives. Elective classes are offered in the areas of : Accounting, Finance, Computer Information Systems, Human Resource Management, General Management and Marketing. These are not degree options, so you may mix and match electives to fit your particular needs if you prefer. The only concentration available to students is in Health Systems Management.

Contact Keith Moore  

Master of Science in Career and Technical Education (Agriculture & Industrial Education/Technology)

The MSCTE degree is structured to allow individuals to pursue career advancement in career and technical programs at the secondary and postsecondary level in teaching and administration, or to prepare technologists with advanced technical management skills who are capable of managing personnel training and facilities

Contact Dr. Ahmad Zargari  

Master of Science in Engineering & Technology Management

The MSETM degree is designed primarily for persons holding a bachelor's degree in industrial technology, engineering, engineering technology, applied sciences, manufacturing engineering, mechanical design, or related technical professional programs.

Contact Dr. Ahmad Zargari  

Master of Science in Management Information Systems

  • Healthcare Informatics 

The purpose of the Masters of Science in IS program is to address the growing need for information technology leaders in business, education, government, healthcare, sciences, the arts, and almost every discipline. The primary objective is to respond to the changing needs of the global economy for workers who can develop innovative, information technology-based solutions.

Contact Dr. Scott Wymer  


English as a Second Language Endorsement

Our program is unique in that it is offered totally online, thereby providing access to teachers throughout our service region, the state, and the nation. The four courses in this program are offered on an annual rotation starting during the summer semester, enabling the students in this program to complete the endorsement in one calendar year. This endorsement program builds on prior teacher certification completed through our undergraduate programs, or prior coursework in the University's various graduate programs in education, or through completion of teacher certification through an approved, accredited program. This endorsement can be completed either as a stand alone endorsement or may be incorporated as an option within our existing Teacher Leader Masters programs.

Contact Dr. Wayne Willis  

Health Systems Management Certification

The goal of the Health Systems Management Certificate program is to prepare students for leadership in the healthcare industry and to address the national priority for university-based curriculum to meet the increased demand for healthcare professionals with competencies in health information technology and health systems transformation. 

Contact Keith Moore  

Instructional Computer Technology

Teachers completing this endorsement program will receive training in the areas of instructional technology and design based on best practices in instructional computer technology. This program will support the efforts of teachers who are interested in integrating technology into their instruction.

Contact Dr. Chris Miller  

Rank I in Career & Technical Education

The Rank I program in career and technical education is structured for those individuals who wish to obtain a Rank I with a more focused area of expertise in career and technical education.

Contact Dr. Ahmad Zargari  

Rank I in Educational Technology

This program is designed to prepare teachers to become instructional leaders in the area of technology integration in P-16 curriculum and instructional design.

Contact Dr. Chris Miller  



Glenn Means

"My graduate school experience at Morehead State University has exceeded my expectations. Not only do I have caring faculty members who are always willing to help but I also have a program designed specifically to my interests in helping me one day get a jump start on the career I have always dreamed of."

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