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Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission must hold a bachelor's degree with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 OR a GPA of 3.0 in the last 30 hours of course work. Required application materials include:

  • An application to The Graduate School, which is available at www.wku.edu/graduate
  • Official undergraduate transcripts (and graduate, if applicable)
  • A scholarly/professional writing sample to be assessed by the admissions committee
    OR
  • Attain a GAP score consistent with the minimum established by the university (currently 550 for applicants who took the GRE General Test on or after August 1, 2011; or 2200 for applicants who took the GRE General Test on or after October 1, 2002, but prior to August 1, 2011); earn a GRE verbal score of at least 144 (at least 350 on the GRE-V prior to August 1, 2011); and achieve a GRE Analytical Writing score of at least 3.5. Applicants who took the GRE General Test on or after August 1, 2011 must also earn a GRE quantitative score of at least 139.
    AND
  • Submit completed departmental application form that describes the applicant's professional/career goals, including a discussion of how the applicant believes completing the MAE in Education and Behavioral Science Studies will contribute to the realization of those goals. This application can be found at http://www.wku.edu/cebs/programs/graduate/ebss/index.php or in the printer friendly packet available at www.wku.edu/online/documents/ebs-print.pdf

Please note: International students who apply must achieve a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL (or at least 79 on the iBT TOEFL). The listening sub-scale score must be at least 53 (18 on the iBT version), and the writing sub-scale score must be at least 60 (23 on the iBT version).

Students admitted to the program are assigned faculty advisors to assist them in developing their programs of studies. A minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate level course work is required for the non-thesis option; 24 hours of course work is required for the thesis option. All students must pass a final comprehensive examination. Details about program requirements may be found here. For further information about this program, please contact the program coordinator Dr. Janet Applin, Associate Dean for Academic Programs.

Please note: To be eligible for any type of financial aid or graduate assistantship, you must be admitted in good standing to a degree program. Non-degree seeking students are ineligible for financial aid and graduate assistantships. 

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 Last Modified 8/3/16