Graduate Studies

Program Administration

Admission

Candidates for admission to a program of Graduate Study in Education must submit the appropriate application, including required materials, to the Graduate Studies Office. Furthermore, the following requirements must be met: submission of transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate course work, three letters of recommendation, an admissions essay, and an application fee. Applicants with a current official teacher certification from any state Department of Education must include a copy with their application. A personal interview is also required to complete the application process. Each program or option may specify additional admissions criteria. Refer to the specific admissions criteria for each program or option listed on the Application for Graduate Study in Education.

Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.5 grade point average for all undergraduate course work or must submit an official score report indicating a performance score at or above the 50th percentile on each of the three subtests of the (General) Graduate Record Exam (GRE).

Normally, application folders completed by April 1 (fall) and December 1 (spring) will be evaluated for matriculation for the following semester. Specific expectations are described on the Graduate Study application form and on the Graduate Studies website (http://sites.keene.edu/gradstudies/). Individual programs have target enrollments. Keene State College reserves the right to close admissions, irrespective of the stated deadlines. Once accepted, students are required to submit a $100 nonrefundable enrollment services fee before matriculation.

Program Support

The Graduate Program is administered through the School of Professional and Graduate Studies (PGS) in collaboration with the Education faculty. The Registrar’s Office maintains academic records. Upon admission to the Graduate Program, and after consultation with the student and Education faculty, each student is assigned an advisor. The Graduate Studies Office monitors matriculated student progress through the program.

The Education faculty offers courses in a cycle that meets the needs of the students in each program. The cycle includes fall, spring, and summer semesters. Courses are offered from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday during the academic year. Courses are also offered on a Friday evening to Saturday schedule. Summer session classes include day and evening meetings as well as weeklong institutes.

Expectations for Degree Completion

  • The minimum course requirements must be completed as specified in the program, with an average grade of B or higher (3.0 on a scale of 4.0). No grade less than a C is acceptable, and no more than two grades less than a B may be applied to the degree. The Course Retake Policy does not apply to courses taken for graduate credit.
  • The residence requirement for graduate students must be fulfilled (normally completed by taking at least 80 percent of credits through Keene State College courses).
  • An Intent to Graduate form must be submitted to the Graduate Studies Office during the first two weeks of the semester before the semester of graduation.
  • Payment of the graduation fee is required.

Time Limitations

The statute of limitations (total time period in which to complete a graduate program) is six calendar years from the date of official admission for programs that require 30 credits or more to complete, or four calendar years for those programs that require 29 or fewer credits.

Course Load

A matriculated graduate student is considered to be full-time when he or she registers for 9 or more credits in a given term. Registration for 4.5 credits but less than 9 credits results in half-time status. Course load is a significant determining factor regarding eligibility for financial aid. Contact the Student Financial Services Office for additional information.

Leave of Absence

Each semester students must either register for a course or request a leave of absence. Failure to do either may lead to administrative withdrawal from the college. To request a leave of absence, contact the Associate VP for Student Affairs office. Students must specify an intended date of return. No readmission procedure will be required when the College has granted an official leave.

Academic Dismissal

Graduate students who fail to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) are subject to academic dismissal. Students may also be dismissed for lack of professionalism, attitude toward and aptitude for professed occupational goals, and other criteria established by the degree program.

Transfer of Credit

Matriculated students may submit a Transfer of Credit Request form to the Graduate Studies Office. Keene State College will only accept transfer credits that apply to a candidate’s graduate program and are approved by the student’s advisor and/or the Education faculty chair. Only credits are transferred, not grades. Transfer course grades are not included in the 3.0 grade point average required for program completion. Transcripts must indicate that the student was enrolled in a graduate-level course in an appropriately accredited institution. Grades below a B (3.0 on a scale of 4.0) are not acceptable for transfer into graduate programs. Normally, courses taken more than seven years before the date of matriculation may not be transferred into a graduate program.

Assistantships/Financial Aid

A limited amount of grant and loan money is available for financial aid for graduate students. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 and contact the Keene State Office of Student Financial Services for more information. A limited number of graduate assistantships are available to matriculated graduate students. Benefits include a $3,000 annual stipend, plus waiver of tuition and fees (at the in-state rate) for up to eight approved courses (normally 24 credit hours) for the academic year. Twenty hours of work per week are expected of recipients during each semester. Applications are available in the Financial Aid Office.

Earning a Second Graduate Degree

Those presently holding a master’s degree may earn an additional master’s degree in a different area by completing all requirements for the second degree. Candidates for a second graduate degree should apply through the regular admissions process. Existing policies regarding transfer of credit apply.