Online Degree Programs

Kentucky State University (KSU) continues to expand learning pathways to meet the growing demand of students seeking degree opportunities through online programs. KSU recognizes current market demands and continues to respond with quality program offerings and industry certifications.  Kentucky State University offers seven online degree programs (two undergraduate and five graduate) providing rigorous learning opportunities from our distinguished professors.  KSU is a Quality Matters institution adhering to research based, nationally recognized standards for online teaching and learning.  Faculty and staff are committed to excellence engaging in ongoing professional learning experiences to enhance the online learning environment.

Kentucky State University provides several online courses to earn credit toward every degree or certificate. KSU provides over 50 online classes each semester. You can supplement the coursework you are taking on campus or even get a degree entirely online. Explore the links below to learn more about our online degree program options.  The scholastic requirements for admission are the same for all students whether admitted and enrolled in our residential campus or online programs.

Bachelor Degree Programs

The unique completion degree option provides Associate Degree recipients in the field of Criminal Justice the opportunity to complete their Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice online. The baccalaureate degree program in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students for careers in law enforcement, community and institutional corrections, court services, and other criminal justice-related areas as well as for admission to law school. The program also provides students with the fundamentals for advanced study in graduate school. The Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice degree requires completion of 120 credit hours. Students in the completion degree pathway will work with faculty advisors to determine the credit hours needed to finish their degree. 

Admissions Criteria/standards: There are no unique admissions criteria/standards separate from general KSU standards.  To get started, select the link to review the Criminal Justice Program.

The field of Criminal Justice the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice online.  The baccalaureate degree program in Criminal Justice is designed to prepare students for careers in law enforcement, community and institutional corrections, court services, and other criminal justice-related areas as well as for admission to law school. The program also provides students with the fundamentals for advanced study in graduate school. The Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice degree requires completion of 120 credit hours.  

Admissions Criteria/standards: There are no unique admissions criteria/standards separate from general KSU standards.  To get started, select the link to review the Criminal Justice Program

Psychology involves the scientific study of a vast array of physical, mental, and social phenomena related to the actions and experiences of human beings. Psychologists study phenomena such as perception, memory, thought, behavior, and the psychological, social, physiological, and development process that underlies these phenomena. In addition to its commitment to scientific truth, psychology requires the application of knowledge and critical thinking/reasoning skills to assess, prevent, and resolve individual, organizational, and social problems.

The Kentucky State University psychology program prepares its majors with a solid, well-rounded education which serves as a useful foundation for the pursuit of careers in research, business, law, medicine, social work, and the other helping professions. Our majors are prepared to pursue further study in psychology and related fields at the graduate level.

Admissions Criteria/standards: There are no unique admissions criteria/standards separate from general KSU standards.  To get started, select the link to review the Bachelor of Science Psychology Program.

Master Degree Programs

There has been growing concern and focus on the impact of different industries on the environment. This has resulted groups and organizations needing people with an understanding of existing policies and how to create policy related to the environment. The different aspects of environmental policy, including legal and ethical issues and impacts on business and communities needs to be addressed by individuals in many different areas today. Because of this growing demand of individuals with a greater understanding and ability to work in the complex area of environmental policy development and implementation, KSU College of Agriculture, Community, and the Sciences has created the certificate in Environmental Policy. Students receiving this certificate will be better prepared for positions that focus on policies related to environment. This certificate is designed as a graduate certificate and students must be eligible to take graduate level courses before working on this certificate.  Select this link to explore and apply for the Masters of Science in Environmental Studies Program

The Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science program, which will have a concentration in the area of forensic psychology by providing students with background in theoretical perspectives from psychology, sociology, and criminology, basic and applied research methods, and statistical techniques.

Students in the Psychology and Law concentration 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 and practice. The Psychology and Law concentration is relevant to graduates of psychology, criminal justice, sociology, social work, public administration, political science, and other areas of study that have application to the justice system broadly defined.

Admission
Application forms must be submitted to the Kentucky State University Office of Graduate Studies by July 1 st for fall matriculation. Admission is a two-step process.

  • Admissions requirements are an undergraduate GPA of not less that 2.70 for admissions to graduate studies.
  • Classes will be held in asynchronous, hybrid and face to face during evening hours formats.
  • Students may attend on a part-time or full-time basis.

You must first submit your application materials to Office of Graduate Studies (https://kysu.edu/academics/graduate-studies/ ) using the GRADCAS platform. Once all materials have been received, program faculty will review and be in further contact regarding acceptance into the program. Please contact Dr. Tierra Freeman-Taylor (tierra.freeman@kysu.edu) or Dr. Mara Merlino (mara.merlino@kysu.edu) for additional information about the program requirements or the application procedure.  Select the link to explore and apply to the Masters of Arts in Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science Program

The Master of Public Administration program is a two-year graduate degree program offered on the campus of Kentucky State University. We prepare individuals for management and leadership careers in public service. The program advances knowledge, research and practice of public administration through a solid foundation of core coursework in public administration and society, information science, fiscal resources management, and quantitative analysis. Students also develop specialized expertise in at least one concentration area: Human Resource Management (HRM), Non-profit Management (NP), International Development (ID), and Management Information Systems (MIS).The MPA program places a strong emphasis on research and practice of public policy that provides relevant experience for our students to develop the skill set needed to be successful in the real-world. Our graduates go on to have fulfilling careers working for a wide range of governmental, nonprofit, and even private sector organizations. 

Admissions Criteria/standards:  There are no unique admissions criteria/standards separate from general KSU graduate program standards. Select the link to explore the Masters in Public Administration Program

The School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) offers an online program for the Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education with Certification in Learning and Behavior Disorders (P-12). The intent of this program, which is referred to as the MASPE program, is to increase the diminished supply of special education teachers by targeting qualified college graduates, including those whose degree is in fields other than education. MASPE instructors will guide students to move expeditiously through an intensive training and clinical experience, to become certified special education teachers, and obtain a Master’s degree.  

Select the link to explore the Masters of Arts in Special Education

Doctorate Programs

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (D.N.P.) program at Kentucky State University is a 72-credit hour option designed to prepare the baccalaureate registered nurse to function as an expert adult-gerontological primary care practitioner. The D.N.P. program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).  The Doctoral program has full approval status from the KBN based on the letter of accreditation from the ACEN.

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Online Certificate Programs (credit-based)

The Certificate Degree in Aquaculture/Aquatic Sciences will require a minimum of 12 credit hours of course work chosen by the student from the Division of Aquaculture offerings (AQU prefix). These can either be classroom or online classes. Only classes in which students receive a “C” or better will count toward the Certificate Degree. These classes can also count toward the Aquaculture Systems option for the B.S. in Aquaculture, Food, and Environment (AFE) and/or the Aquaculture Minor should the student pursue a high degree.  Learn More...

The School of Mathematics and Computer Science offers a course of study leading to a Certificate in Cybersecurity. The Certificate is available to students, regardless of major, who complete the specified coursework, and while prior technical/security experience, training, or education may be beneficial, none is required. The Certificate requires the completion of COS 281 Introduction to Information Security & Assurance (3 credit hours), and any three (3) of the following:

• COS 332 - Management of Information Security & Assurance (3 credit hours)
• COS 334 - Cyber Forensics (4 credit hours)
• COS 435 - Advanced Topics in Cyber Security (3 credit hours)
• COS 484 - Introduction to Network Security (3 credit hours)
All courses must be passed with a “C” or better.

Select the link to explore the Cybersecurity Certificate

Cultural Diversity Studies reflects the ability to cooperate and communicate thoughtfully, respectfully, and effectively across various cultural contexts.  A Certificate in Cultural Competency will demonstrate the student’s ability to interact positively within a diverse community and global society.  Completion of the Certificate requires successful completion of 12 credit hours of coursework comprised of EDU 204 (Cultural Responsiveness), SOC 304 (Race and Ethnic Relations), SOC 343 (Cultural Anthropology), and three hours of elective credit from the following courses:  IGS 305 (The Latina Experience), HIS 411 (African Americans in the Twentieth Century) or REL 201 (Topics in Religion).  Students must also complete SOC 203 as part of the Liberal Studies Core Requirements.  All courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.  The Sociology Department is the advising unit for this Certificate.  Learn More...

Students receiving this certificate will be better prepared for positions that focus on policies related to environment. This certificate is designed as a graduate certificate and students must be eligible to take graduate level courses before working on this certificate.  The Certificate program in Environmental Policies requires a minimum of 12 completed credit hours of course work at the graduate level. Students must complete the following four classes: 1. ENV 515 Environmental Ethics, 2. ENV 516 Environmental Justice, 3. ENV 560 Agricultural and Environmental Policy, and 4. ENV 565 Environmental Law. This set of classes are designed to give student the tools needed to complete in the area of environmental policy development and implementation. As with all graduate level classes, students must pass all classes for this certificate with a grade of “B” or higher.  Select the link to explore the Graduate Environmental Studies Certificate

The Network Associate Certificate is for students wishing to work in the field of information technology as a network associate. In order to obtain the Network Associate Certificate a student must complete 12 hour block of courses including; CIT 111 Network Fundamentals, CIT 112, Routing and Switching, CIT 211 Network Protocols, and CIT 212 Introduction to WAN Technology. All courses must be passed with a “C” or better. The concepts and skills acquired in this program will ensure that a student is competent to sit for the internationally Cisco CCNA certification examination.  Learn More...
This certificate is for students wishing to work in the field of information technology as a network Professional. To be admitted a student must have hold a CCNA certification or have passed the CIT 111 Network Fundamentals, CIT 112, Routing and Switching, CIT 211 Network Protocols, and CIT 212 Introduction to WAN Technology courses. In order to obtain Network Professional Certificate, the student must complete 9-hour block of courses including; CIT 311 Advanced Routing, CIT 312 Advanced LAN Switching and CIT 412 Optimizing Converged Networks. All courses must be passed with a “C” or better. The concepts and skills acquired in this program will ensure that a student is competent to sit for the internationally recognized Cisco CCNP certification examination.  Learn More...
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.  Learn More...
For more information, contact:

Michael D. Daily, PhD
Director of Distance Learning and Instructional Design
Office of Distance Education
michael.dailey@kysu.edu
502-597-6238