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AHS Graduate Programs

Child & Family Studies, Master of Science

The Department of Applied Human Sciences offers a Master of Science degree for persons interested in working with children and families outside of the public school system. This online program is designed to provide advanced study in the growth and development of the individual and family. The program builds competence in human development, integration of theory into practice, program development, and research—preparing graduates to critically evaluate and synthesize issues related to children, youth, and families. Fieldwork is incorporated in the curriculum.  

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  •  An overall GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) for all hours earned past the first 60-semester or 90-quarter hours of the baccalaureate degree.
  • A 2-3 page letter of professional intent describing professional interests and career goals.  It should adhere to the following guidelines: The letter of professional intent should be a measure of an applicant’s writing style and writing ability. It should be 2-3 pages in length and is expected to be well organized, free of typing and grammatical errors, and clearly written. It should have an introduction, clearly stated purpose, and contents that demonstrate the best impression of the applicant’s writing.
  •  The letter of professional intent should articulate and demonstrate your specific qualifications for the program of study. We are interested in an applicant's reasoning for their intended course of study. Therefore, each of the following points must be addressed.
    • Why do you want to pursue this degree?
    • What are your career goals once you complete the program?
    • Describe an impactful situation or experience you have had working with children, youth, and/or families.
    • Describe the most important characteristics and qualities needed by professionals in working with children, youth, and/or families and where you stand relative to developing them.
  • The letter of professional intent should be emailed to graduate.school@wku.edu to be included with the graduate application. 
  • Three letters of reference from previous instructors, colleagues, or supervisors indicating the applicant’s ability to succeed in graduate classes.


Dietetic Practice, Graduate Certificate

This graduate certificate program provides the knowledge and practice requirements established by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics to be eligible to take the Registered Dietitian (R.D.) examination.

Only students accepted into the WKU Dietetic Internship will be eligible for admittance to the Graduate Certificate in Dietetic Practice.

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Dietetic Internship

The Dietetic Internship at Western Kentucky University is a Masters/Dietetic Internship combined program with a concentration in Business Leadership. Dietetic interns will enroll in the Dietetic Practice Graduate Certificate program and the Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) program.  Our program provides 1050 hours of supervised practice experience with 160 additional hours of alternative learning opportunities. The Dietetic Interns upon graduation will have fulfilled the requirements necessary to be eligible to take the accreditation exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist as well as graduate with a MBA. 

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Apply for Graduate School

  • 270-745-5128
  • ahs@wku.edu

  • Academic Complex
    1906 College Heights Blvd. #11037
    Bowling Green, KY 42101


Accreditations achieved within the Applied Human Sciences Department

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) - Nutrition & Dietetic Undergraduate and Graduate programs

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) - Early Childhood Education Associate Degree

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) - Interior Design program


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 Last Modified 2/13/24