Eastern Kentucky University Online

Eastern Kentucky State Normal School was established in 1906 by the Kentucky General Assembly, and it was renamed Eastern Kentucky University in 1966 when it was approved to award graduate degrees in academic fields other than education. A regional public institution of higher education, Eastern Kentucky University emphasizes student success, regional stewardship, critical and creative thinking, and effective communication, according to the university’s mission statement. U.S. News & World Report‘s Best Colleges 2012 ranks Eastern Kentucky University 63rd in Regional Universities (South).

Programs Offered

The College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business & Technology, the College of Education, the College of Health Sciences, and the College of Justice & Safety constitute Eastern Kentucky University’s undergraduate academics. EKU offers more than 100 majors in those five departments, including online degrees in Homeland Security, Library Science, Paralegal Studies/Paralegal Science, and Psychology. Graduate students choose from 11 master’s and doctoral degree programs, including a Master of Arts in Education, Master of Public Health, and Educational Doctorate Program. KSU offers an Online Master’s Degree in Adult, Juvenile and Community Corrections Leadership and an Online Master’s Degree in Safety, Security and Emergency Management.


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Eastern Kentucky University since January 1, 1928. Specific accreditations include the American Dietetic Association since August 1, 1977, the American Occupational Therapy Association since January 1, 1978, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association since June 1, 1984, the Council on Education for Public Health since June 14, 2008, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education since January 1, 1954.


Eastern Kentucky University requires prospective students submit a high school transcript or equivalent proof of graduation with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, as well as a minimum ACT score of 18 or SAT score of 870. The undergraduate admissions application and application fees are due by August 1 for fall admission, and by December 1 for spring admission. Graduate admissions have specific department deadlines. Prospective graduate students must submit an admission application with application fees, official entrance examination scores for the GRE, MAT, or GMAT, official transcripts indicating a baccalaureate or an advanced degree, and a statement of purpose. Departments may request letters of recommendation or further admission requirements.

Admissions Contact

Eastern Kentucky University
EKU Admissions
521 Lancaster Avenue
SSB 112 CPO 54
Richmond, KY 40475
(859) 622-2106

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