Graduate Programs at FHSU


For all graduate programs, you must have an earned bachelor's degree and a minimum 2.5 GPA on your last 60 hours of undergraduate study in addition to the specific program admission requirements. All transcripts must be official copies. International students with 3-year degrees will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the graduate dean. 

Higher Learning Commission 18-Hour Qualified Faculty Programs

College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

Master of Fine Arts (MFA) - 20 digital images (PowerPoint saved as a PDF – captions under slide should read as title, medium, size, process and date), 3 letters of recommendation, personal statement, resume, and a 3.0 GPA on last 60 undergraduate credit hours. Priority deadlines are April 1 (Fall), July 1 (Spring), Dec. 1 (Summer).
Master of Arts in English - 2 letters of recommendation, a personal statement and a 3.0 GPA in a minimum of 18 hours of English courses beyond the general studies composition courses
Master of Arts in History - 2 letters of recommendation, A bachelor’s degree with satisfactory performance in a minimum of 18 hours of history courses.  These 18 hours MUST include a course in the methodology of historical research., A 3.00 GP on a 4.00 scale of the last 60 credit hours; or a 2.5-2.99 GPA for the last 60 credit hours and a 150 on the verbal portion of the GRE, a writing sample demonstrating research and documentation skills, and a personal statement.
Master of Science in Communication - 3.0 cumulative undergraduate GPA, 2 letters of recommendation, and a personal statement
Master of Liberal Studies (MLS) - 2 letters of recommendation and a personal statement including background and why applying to MLS.  Some concentrations have additional requirements or application materials.  

 College of Education
Note: The background check requirement for admission to the Advanced Education Program department (excluding MS in Counseling) was removed effective for Spring 2018 applicants.
Master of Science in Education (MSE) - 2 letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the last 60 hours, and a valid teaching license.
Master of Science in Special Education - 2 letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a cumulative 3.0 GPA
Master of Science in Counseling - 3.00 on last 60 undergraduate credit hours, 2 letters of recommendation, an acceptable MAT score or combined verbal and quantitative score on the GRE (waived if student holds a Master's), a personal statement  of goals and professional experience, and a valid background check within the last 4 years.  The Counseling program accepts applications throughout the year.  However, the application deadlines noted below have been established to start in a particular semester.  Failure to meet the application deadline may result in a delay of admission into the program.  Deadlines: March 1 (Fall), October 1 (Spring), February 1 (Summer)
Master of Science in Education Administration - a minimum 3.0 GPA on last 60 undergraduate credit hours, educational experience in a teaching field, 2 reference letters - at least one from a supervisor of your educational experience, vita/resume, personal statement, and a teaching license.
Master of Science in Instructional Technology - A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.5 or higher,  2 letters of recommendation, and a personal statement in which you describe your interests in instructional technology.
Education Specialist in Advanced Professional Studies -  Education Administration (District Leadership): 2 letters of recommendation, a personal statement, an educational vita, a copy of your administrator's license, and a Master's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.25. Education Leadership: 2 letters of recommendation, a personal statement, a resume or educational vita and a Master's degree with a minimum GPA of 3.25. 

College of Health and Behavioral Sciences

Master of Science in Health and Human Performance - 3 letters of recommendation, a minimum of 18 hours of undergraduate credit hours in HHP exclusive of service courses, and a 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale on last 60 credit hours; or 2.50-2.99 GPA for last 60 credit hours and 148 on verbal and quantitative portions of GRE or 40 on MAT
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology -  Admission to the Fort Hays State University graduate program in speech-language pathology is administered through the Communication Science and Disorders Centralized Application Service (CSDCAS) and an application to the graduate school. Phase 1: requires an acceptable verbal, quantitative, and analytical GRE Score, 2 letters of recommendation completed by professors or individuals familiar with your academic course work, a resume, and a personal statement including background information, why you are applying to the program, why a speech-language pathology career appeals to you, qualities you possess that would benefit our program, and professional goals. Phase 2: Following a review of applications by the departmental committee, interviews will be conducted via electronic media for selected applicants. Deadline: February 1 (Fall)
Master of Professional Studies (MPS)
 - 2 letters of recommendation and a personal statement including background and why applying to the MPS. Some concentrations have additional requirements or application materials.
Master of Science in Psychology - an acceptable GRE score, 2 letters of recommendation (dept. form), a personal statement in which the student describes their reasons for pursuing graduate training in psychology, A completed interview questionnaire (school psychology only), and 15 hours in psychology with at least one statistics course and one research/laboratory course (Next available for School Psychology: Fall 2018) Deadline: March 15 (Fall)
Education Specialist in School Psychology - an acceptable GRE score, 2 letters of recommendation (dept. form), a personal statement in which the student describes their reasons for pursuing graduate training in psychology, a completed interview questionnaire. and completion of a Masters degree in psychology or education Deadline: March 15 (Fall) 
Master of Science in Nursing - a State of Kansas nursing license, 2 letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a 3.0 cumulative GPA on BSN. Must also complete Nursing department application. Deadline: July 1 (Fall), October 1 (Spring), February 1 (Summer)
Doctor of Nursing Practice - a current BSN or MSN from an accredited program (CCNE or ACEN), minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required, a personal or virtual interview with DNP faculty, 3 letters of reference in the areas of: academic ability, current professional competency, and personal character, evidence of successful background check, and Nursing department application form. Must also complete Nursing department application. Deadline: March 1 (Summer)

College of Business and Entrepreneurship

Master of Business Administration (MBA) - an acceptable GMAT score (GRE is acceptable, but GMAT is preferred) or the MBA Committee will consider other graduate placement test scores on a case-by-case basis, 2 letters of recommendation, a personal statement indicating reasons for seeking a Master of Business Administration degree including professional and/or career goals and pertinent past work experience, and a current resume.

College of Science, Technology, and Mathematics

Master of Science in Biology - a personal statement specifying the exact interest area and research area and 2 letters of recommendation. GRE scores are not required. Preference is given to applications received before March 15
Master of Science in Geosciences - an acceptable GRE score, personal statement and 2 letters of recommendation. Priority deadline: January 30 (Fall)

Non-Degree Graduate Students 

The Graduate School welcomes US students who wish to take graduate courses for credit, but not pursue a formal degree program.  Such students are referred to as non-degree graduate students.  The requirements for admission are: (1) a completed regionally-accredited bachelor's degree, and (2) a GPA of 2.5 or better on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.  Students desiring to apply for admission as a non-degree graduate student must complete the Graduate School's admission application.  Non-degree graduate students who have not been previously admitted within the past 5 years must pay the $40 application fee.

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