Morehead State University

    Morehead State University
    Morehead State University
    Established on: 1887

    Morehead State University (MSU) is a public university located in Morehead, Kentucky. The journey of this University began at Morehead Normal School in 1887. 

    This public university is known for its robust undergraduate, graduate programs, and emerging doctoral programs. 

    MSU offers 75 graduate degree programs, plus 41 graduate-level and non-degree programs designed for professional educators. This university offers these programs via 4 colleges namely; 

    • Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    •  Ernst & Sara Lane Volgenau College of Education
    • College of Science
    •  Elmer R. Smith College of Business and Technology

    This university offers ample financial aid to international students. Over 90% of MSU’s undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. 

     The overall acceptance rate of MSU according to US News and World Report is 77%. Note that the acceptance rate could be lower for some programs. 

    Additionally, according to US News and World Report, the median starting salary of MSU Alumni is USD 40,500. 

    Morehead State University Ranking

    MSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) and it enjoys the following ranking. 

    • MSU has been ranked for six consecutive years by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Top 25 public regional universities in the South.
    • MSU is also recognized for Best Undergraduate Teaching, Best Colleges for Veterans and made their list of Best Value Schools.

    MSU Accreditations for academic programs are: 

    • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) (formerly NLNAC)
    • American Bar Association (ABA) 
    • American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
    • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB)
    • Association of Technology Management and Applied Engineering (ATMAE) 
    • Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP) 
    • Joint Review Committee on Education in Medical Sonography (JCRDMS) 
    • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 
    • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
    • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
    • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiological Technology (JCERT) 
    • Magnetic Resonance (JCERT)
    • Masters in Psychology Accreditation Council (MPAC) 
    • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) 
    • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) 
    • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) 
    • National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST) 
    • US Army Cadet Command

    Non- Academic Program Accreditations

    • Kentucky Association Chiefs of Police


    Established Year



    Morehead, Kentucky

    Application Deadlines

    Fall- August 1

    Spring- January 2

    Summer- May 15

    Winter- December 2

    Application fees

    USD 30

    Acceptance Rate


    Student-Faculty ratio


    Average Class size



    About 70,000


    Listed in the U.S. News & World Report as one of top 25 public regional universities in the South for the 6th consecutive year

    Total students/ Enrollments

    9,300 (from 110 Kentucky counties, 46 states and 18 countries)

    Morehead State University Course

    • One year Master Degrees
    • Online Degree Programs
    • Online Certifications & Rank I Programs

    Morehead State University: General Admission Requirement

    General Admission Requirements for undergraduate School

    • Original proof of academic documents. Applicants need to pass an intermediate level/ high school diploma with a minimum GPA of 2.0.
    • Some programs could also ask for ACT/SAT Scores ( ACT or SAT scores may be used for class placement and/or scholarship awards.)

    General Admission Requirements for Graduate Programs

    • One time non-refundable application fees of USD 30
    • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on the baccalaureate degree (some programs require higher GPA)
    • Some programs mandatorily require GRE/ GMAT/MAT Scores. Students who do not have the minimum test scores but who demonstrate exceptional scholarly activity and/or research, or the potential for quality work as evidenced by a high GPA may appeal to the appropriate department chair or program director.

    Note that students cal also compensate for lower GPA or credit hours with GRE Scores (Verbal 150 and Quantitative 141)

    Morehead State University: General English Language Requirement for international students

    Undergraduate Programs

    • TOEFL IBT: 61 
    • IELTS: 5
    • Michigan Test: 82

    Graduate Programs

    • TOEFL IBT: 61 (Except for Master of Arts in Communication, Master of Business Administration, and Biology, for these the minimum TOEFL IBT score is 70)
    • TOEFL PBT: 500 (Except for Master of Arts in Communication, Master of Business Administration, and Biology, for these the minimum TOEFL PBT Score is 70)
    • IELTS: 5.5

    Average Tuition Fees

    Undergraduate Course

    Fees per semester in USD

    Full Time - Kentucky residents and Ohio reciprocity counties* (taking 12-18 hours, undergraduate)


    Full Time - Out-of-state students (taking 12-18 hours, undergraduate)


    Full Time - International students (taking 12-18 hours, undergraduate)


    Part-Time - Kentucky residents and Ohio reciprocity counties*

    $379 per credit hour

    Part-Time - Out-of-state students 

    $572per credit hour

    Part-Time - International students

    $959 per credit hour

    Graduate courses

    Per Semester 

    Kentucky residents (excluding Volgenau College of Education 600-level courses), out-of-state residents, or international students

    $570 per credit hour

    Kentucky residents (Volgenau College of Education 600-level courses)

    $379 per credit hour


    • Henry Akin – basketball player, drafted by New York Knicks, became one of "Original Sonics" in Seattle, played with ABA's Kentucky Colonels
    • Nelson Allen – former Kentucky State Senator
    • Chris Bailey – meteorologist at WKYT-TV
    • Mike Gottfried – former head football coach at Kansas, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Murray State, current colour commentator and analyst for ESPN
    • Jimmy Higdon – Republican member of Kentucky State Senate since 2009, a businessman from Marion County
    • Liz Johnson – professional bowler
    • Steve Kazee – Tony Award-winning actor for Best Musical
    • Kelly Kulick – professional bowler and first-ever female winner of regular PBA Tour event (2010 PBA Tournament of Champions)
    • Terry McBrayer – 1979 candidate for Governor of Kentucky, former Chairman of Kentucky Democratic Party, an attorney in Lexington, KY
    • Chris Offutt – writer
    • Amber Philpott – news anchor at WKYT-TV
    • Phil Simms – NFL quarterback for New York Giants, MVP of Super Bowl XXI, 15-year pro career, football analyst for CBS television
    • David A. Tapp - Judge, United States Court of Federal Claims
    • Chuck Woolery – television game show host

    Morehead State University Scholarships

    The international student Scholarships are allocated for eligible and needed international undergraduate scholarships. To be eligible for the international student scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria: 

    • Applicants must be  incoming freshmen or new transfer students with less than 24 total semester hours, with a minimum Admission Index score of 450
    • Applicants must have a minimum composite ACT score of 20 or SAT combined score of 940 or higher
    • OR applicants must be transfer students with a cumulative college GPA of 3.0 or higher on at least 24 semester hours.

    The value of the International Student Scholarship is USD 8,000 per year. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 each year for the renewal of this scholarship. 

    Apart from scholarships, MSU also offers graduate assistantships for students enrolled in graduate programs. It offers more than 90 assistantships each year (value is worth USD 10,000 per year/ USD 5,000 per semester). 

    The eligibility requirements to get graduate assistantships in MSU are: 

    • You must be admitted to a graduate degree program. Conditionally admitted students are eligible for a graduate assistantship (GA) for one semester only and must satisfy those conditions before the next semester in order to continue the GA position.
    • You must be enrolled in and maintain 9 graduate hours per semester. 
    • You must be available to work an average of 20 hours per week.
    • You must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 each semester.
    • Teaching GAs must have 18 graduate semester credit hours in the teaching discipline.



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