The MAE program in Education and Behavioral Science Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed for qualified graduate students who wish to do advanced study of education or behavioral sciences in a more flexible way. The program allows a faculty advisor to individually tailor the curriculum based on individual interests and career goals.
It is important to note that completion of this program does not lead to initial or advanced certification by Kentucky's Education Professional Standards Board, nor does it lead to certification or licensure in counseling or psychology.
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:
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.
The MAE in Education & Behavioral Sciences requires a total of 30 credit hours. This program may completed 100% online. Students should work with their advisor to select distance options, contact WKU Online or visit wku.edu/online to view a schedule of online classes.
*Note: A thesis (6 hours) may be substituted for the Professional Development and Capstone Course requirements.
In addition to the core requirements, students must select one of the following options:
Option 1: Education Studies (12 hours)
Option 2: Behavioral Science Studies (12 hours)
Courses selected with advisor approval from Counseling, Psychology, Consumer Family Sciences, Sociology, Social Work, or other behavioral science areas.
Program Total: 30 hours
Financial Aid includes grants and loans for educational purposes. The government requires the student to file a form online to the government agency for this purpose which is called FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov to apply. Once that form is completed and filed, the student will receive an email from WKU about the status. All financial aid comes through the WKU Student Financial Aid office and they communicate mostly through email. The email will explain all the grants and/or loans that are available to the student and how to receive the money.
Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. In fact, over 90% of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. Every effort is made to assist you and your family in obtaining the resources necessary to meet the difference between the total cost of attending Western Kentucky University and your ability to contribute toward your education.
If you would like to apply for financial assistance (loans, grants, scholarships, veteran's benefits) the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Please refer to the Financial Aid Guide for additional information and complete instructions.
Please keep in mind, student must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to qualify for financial aid. For additional information on receiving, and keeping your financial aid, please refer to the WKU Financial Aid website to review the complete policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress atwku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.
On Demand courses may also be covered by financial aid if the student has met basic eligibility requirements and has a current FAFSA on file. Students must fill out an On Demand Agreement found on the WKU Financial Assistance website. Students receiving financial aid must complete their course(s) in the current semester. For more information please contact the Student Financial Assistance office at (270) 745-2755.
All college courses offered by On Demand have been approved for veterans and other persons eligible under the provisions of the GI Bill. Each student must assume the responsibility for submitting the proper forms to assure payment of appropriate entitlements. Please contact the Veterans Coordinator in Student Financial Assistance.