Listed below are some of the frequently asked questions about Graduate Studies at Kentucky State University.

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What residence life options (housing, food, and other services) are available to graduate students?

Please contact the Office of Residence Life.

How do I arrange for payment of tuition and fees?

Please contact the Bursar’s Office.

How much does it cost to attend graduate studies at Kentucky State University?

Please refer to Tuition and Fees for the most up-to-date estimated costs.

What is your policy regarding transfer credit from graduate programs at other institutions?

Transfer credit from other graduate programs is possible but not guaranteed. After you are admitted and enroll at KSU, you may request a transfer credit evaluation from the graduate program in which you are enrolled. Coursework is subject to the approval of the KSU academic department housing the graduate program.

Courses taken outside of the United States will be reviewed based a course-by-course evaluation of the official course descriptions and coursework from foreign universities. The course descriptions must come from either the school’s website or official catalog. Transcripts must be reviewed by an accredited evaluation and translation agency such as World Education Services (WES). Request a Course-by-Course WES ICAP (International Credential Advantage Package) evaluation and have an official copy sent directly to the Office of Graduate Studies at Kentucky State University. Please review the WES website to obtain information about the types of documentation required for submission in order to obtain an evaluation report and for evaluation fee.

Do you require any Graduate Admission Test (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, etc.)?

Each graduate program determines the graduate admission tests and test scores required for the program. All applicants for admission to a program that requires or recommends a graduate admission test (GMAT, GRE, LSAT, etc.) should submit satisfactory official score reports directly from the testing agency (e.g. ETS) to the Office of Graduate Studies. The graduate admission test must have been taken within the past five years leading to the application due date.

Do you require an English Language Proficiency Test (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, etc.)?

If your native language is not English, you must submit official results of one of the following in order to receive consideration for admission:

  • Visit ETS for information on how to request ETS to send TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test score reports.
  • Visit IELTS for information on how to request IELTS to send IELTS (International English Language Testing System) test score reports.
  • For both TOEFL and IELTS, the institutional code to use to request your Test Scores to be sent to Kentucky State University is 1368.
What is the admission process for International Students?
  1. A prospective International student must complete and submit the applications forms for admission.
  2. You need to request the university in the foreign country where you received your degree to send official copy of your transcript(s) directly to the following address at Kentucky State University.
    • Office of Graduate Studies
      Kentucky State University
      Academic Services Building
      Suite 256
      400 East Main St.
      Frankfort, Ky. 40601
  3. Request an Evaluation and Translation Agency (e.g., World Educational Services) to send copies of the translation and evaluation of your transcript(s) directly to the following address at Kentucky State University:
    • Office of Graduate Studies
      Kentucky State University
      Academic Services Building
      Suite 256
      400 East Main St.
      Frankfort, Ky. 40601
    • Note: WES contact information is as follows:
      World Educational Services Inc.
      P.O. Box 745 Old Chelsea Station
      New York, Ny. 10113-0745

      • Phone: (212) 966-6311
      • Fax: (212) 966-6395
      • Toll Free: 800-937-3895
      • Email:
    • Information about other accredited evaluation and translation services are available at the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services website.
  4. You need to take Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or an equivalent English Language Proficiency Test (e.g., IELTS) and request the testing agency to send the test score(s) directly the Office of Graduate Studies at Kentucky State University. Note:
  5. If you are admitted into the program, you need notify us in writing of your acceptance of the offer of admission.
  6. You need to submit satisfactory verification of financial support and deposit required of international students. Full sponsorship or assistantship may meet the requirement.
  7. The KSU Global Education Office will then process and send you Form I-20.
    1. Note: Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies for any additional information you need.
Who is an international student (or applicant)?

You are an international student (or applicant) if you are NOT a U.S. citizen, an immigrant, or a green card holder. International applicants include students who hold U.S. visas, such as F-1, J-1 Exchange Visitors, H-1, dependent visas or any other non-immigrant classifications. International students must have a visa status that allows academic study at Kentucky State University.

What scholarships or graduate assistantships are available to Graduate Students?

Departments recruit and hire graduate assistants on an individual basis.  Therefore, you must contact them individually for information on graduate assistantships available from the department or their graduate programs.

What is the Tuition Fee for Graduate Students?
How can I find information about graduate classes that are scheduled?

In the University bulletin (catalog), graduate courses are numbered and designated as follows:

  • 500-599: Open to graduate students only.
  • 600-699: Open to graduate students only; should be used for seminar and independent study.
  • 700-799: Open to graduate students only; thesis and research (professional) projects.

To find information about scheduled graduate courses:

  1. Go to
  2. Click Current Students.
  3. Click Schedule of Classes.
  4. Click “Search by Term” and then select the term of interest (e.g., Fall 2014).
  5. Under Subject, select the subject(s) of interest.
    Note: To select multiple subjects, hold down the “Ctrl” key on the keyboard and click on each subject you want to select.
  6. Under Course level, select Graduate.
  7. Towards the end of the document window, click on the button “Class Search”
    Note: the list of graduate courses of the subject(s) selected will be displayed.
Where can I get information about the graduate programs offered at Kentucky State University (KSU)?

Graduate Programs provides a list of all KSU graduate programs with links to program websites, and contact information for the Program Coordinator of every program. While the Graduate Studies Office can answer general questions about the application and admissions processes, graduate program coordinators can answer specific questions about the academic program to which you are interested in applying for admission.

Do you have any online graduate degree program?

The Master of Arts in Special Education is the only online degree program we have at this time. Learn more »

Some of our other graduate programs offer some selected courses online.  Check with the Coordinator of the program you are interested in.  Click here for the list of the graduate program coordinators.

What are the requirements for graduate application and admission to the Graduate Studies programs at Kentucky State University?

To be considered for admission to the Graduate Studies and graduate programs at Kentucky State University, applicants must complete a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or its equivalent if not from the United States.  Details about admissions requirements are available in the University bulletin and on the Admissions information webpage.