Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Behavioral Sciences

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Behavior

The mission of the Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science master’s program is to support Kentucky State University’s mission by preparing its diverse student population of traditional and non-traditional students to meet society’s growing need for psychological services in a variety of settings. Students in this program will engage in a program of study based on rigorous coursework, research, and service activities founded on the scientist-practitioner model of education. This program will prepare students to go on to doctoral study in psychology, or to work in industry, government, mental health care, or private practice, consistent with the Kentucky State University motto: Come In to Learn—Go Out to Serve.

The Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science program takes a multidisciplinary approach to the area of psychology and law by providing students with background in theoretical perspectives from psychology, sociology, and criminology, basic and applied research methods, and statistical techniques. Students will develop competencies relevant to the science and practice of psychology, and to the study of the intersection of behavioral and social science and law.

MIBS offers a 12-hour Graduate Certificate in Interdisciplinary Intelligence Studies.  This certificate is offered in conjunction with our Kentucky State University membership in the Bluegrass State Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence (BGS-IC-CAE).  The Consortium member institutions are Eastern Kentucky University, our lead institution, Kentucky State University, Morehead State University, the UK Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce, and Marshall University.  Students who elect to earn this graduate certificate will enroll in courses such as Behavioral Profiling, Persuasion and Radicalization, Terrorism and Insurgency, Political Psychology, and other courses taught by faculty from Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science.  Students who participate in this program are eligible for scholarship money, travel awards, and other benefits such as opportunities to present at conferences, and access to hiring managers from local, state, and national intelligence and security organizations.


For information about admission requirements and to apply online for admission to the Kentucky State University M.A. Program in Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science, please visit the graduate studies web site at:

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To apply for admission to the MIBS program, please submit a properly completed application via the GradCAS system:

Your completed application must include:

  • A letter of application with a statement of educational goals and career objectives in the form of a thoughtful, well-written essay of approximately 1,500 words. Your essay should describe your motivation for earning a degree from our program and discuss relevant experiences that have contributed to this goal.  The essay will be evaluated for content, grammar, spelling, punctuation, and clarity of the writing rated as satisfactory or unsatisfactory by the program faculty.

  • A curriculum vitae or resume of qualifications.|

  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts. Copies of all official transcripts must be submitted from the applicant’s undergraduate institution directly to GradCAS.

  • Three letters of reference from professors or employers submitted directly to GradCAS.

Specific Academic Requirements for Admission to the MA Program in Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science:

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above.

  • Grades of B or higher in undergraduate statistics and research methods. Students who do not meet these requirements should expect to enroll in undergraduate research methods or statistics courses to ensure that they have the proper background knowledge to succeed in research methods and statistics at the graduate level.


Exceptions to these requirements may be made on a case-by-case basis.

After review of the completed application, applicants who meet the entry requirements may be granted regular admission status by the program admission committee, which will consist of the program coordinator and two qualified faculty. 

Probationary admission status may be granted if students do not meet all the requirements stated above. Probationary students are subject to initial performance requirements more stringent than those imposed upon others. All unsatisfactory requirements must be met before students are granted regular admission to the program.


Full-time students carry a normal load of 9 semester credit hours of graduate-level coursework per semester.  Students who are employed full-time may be advised to carry no more than 6 semester credit hours of graduate-level coursework in any semester.


Visit the Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science Curriculum and Degree Requirements page for more information. 


 Academic Probation.   A student whose graduate GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation.  Students on probation may subsequently enroll in up to 9 semester credit hours of graduate-level coursework, during which the student must bring his/her overall GPA up to at least 3.0.  Those who reach the 3.0 level will be allowed to continue in the M.A. program and to remain in good academic standing.  Students who fail to reach a GPA of 3.0 will be placed on academic suspension for 12 months.  After 12 months the student may then appeal in writing for readmission to the M.A. program.  If readmission is granted, the student will be placed on up to 9 credit hours of probation.  If the student does not reach an overall GPA of 3.0 during the subsequent 9 credit hours, then the student will be permanently dismissed from the program without appeal.

Dismissal for Cause.  Students may be dismissed from the M.A. program at any time for cause.  Causes for dismissal include, but are not limited to:

(1) Any form of academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism, cheating on exams, submitting pre-written papers authored by somebody other than the student, or any other form of misrepresenting the authorship of work submitted in fulfillment of program requirements).

(2) Any form of harassment, bullying, threatening, physical aggression, or other forms of abusive behavior against fellow students, staff, or faculty (e.g., use of inappropriate language, either verbally or via electronic communications, unsubstantiated accusations of inappropriate conduct).

(3) Any form of criminal activity or behavior prohibited by Kentucky statute or Kentucky State University policy.

(4) Violations of policy involving providing false information, forgery, alteration, or misuse of Kentucky State University documents, records, or identification instruments.

(5) Violations of any other policy stated in the Kentucky State University Student Handbook 


A limited number of graduate assistantships may be available for full-time students pursuing a degree or certificate from the M.A. Program in Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science.  Depending upon the availability of funds, students holding these positions work 10-20 hours per week.  Graduate assistants work with program faculty in their instructional and research activities.  Students interested in such positions may inquire directly with program faculty.  Assistantships are awarded according to availability, academic achievement, and need.

For additional information about the M.A. Program in Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science, please contact the Chair of the School of Psychology.