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General Information

Graduate Education

Graduate degrees offered by Keene State College are designed to meet the Standards of Accreditation for Academic Programs that are set forth by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Scholarly work for a post-baccalaureate or advanced degree requires more independence and demonstrated advanced intellectual and creative capacity. The major goal of graduate study at Keene State College is to provide students with the opportunity to develop mastery within a selected field of study through the study of subject matter, advanced practice or, by engaging in research as applied in the discipline. In preparing our students for intellectual leadership through this graduate work, they are expected to adhere to the accepted standards of scholarly integrity in all presentations, examinations, research, in clinical practice and in the writing of papers, capstone projects and theses.

Keene State College’s graduate degree programs are administratively supported through the Office of Graduate Studies which reports through the Office of the Provost (Academic Affairs). Each specific graduate program is housed within an academic department, where the department chair, a graduate program director/coordinator, and graduate faculty teach, mentor, advise and engage with students. Upon admission to a graduate program, each student is assigned a faculty advisor. The faculty advisor is the prime program contact and source of information for students. Regular consultation between advisee and advisor is one of the most essential elements in the successful pursuit of graduate study.

The Office of Graduate Studies works in partnership with the Graduate Council to review and propose graduate policy and to improve processes related to student on-boarding, orientation and degree completion. The Office of Graduate Studies also monitors matriculated student progress toward the degree of choice. Once matriculated, graduate students will be assigned a KSC email account through which all Graduate Studies notifications and communications will be routed.

Master’s Degree Programs Offered

Master of Arts (M.A.)

  • History and Archives

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Leadership (Master’s and Post-Master’s)
  • Special Education
  • Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification (this is not a Master’s degree but may lead to the M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction option)

Master of Sciences (M.S.)

  • Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences
  • Public Health Nutrition with Dietetic Internship (revised program for fall 2021)


Persons holding the baccalaureate degree who wish to take graduate courses at the College may do so through admission to Graduate Studies as degree-seeking students, or by enrolling as non-matriculating students through Continuing Education. Overall, graduate program admission review is rolling/continuous at Keene State College and applicants are encouraged to apply throughout the year (one exception is the Master’s of Public Health Nutrition with Dietetic Internship – see program details). International applicants are encouraged to build in additional lead time in advance of desired matriculation.

Candidates seeking admission to a Master’s degree, Post-Master’s Certification or Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program must submit the appropriate application, including materials required by that program, to the Office of Graduate Studies. The following general requirements must be met: submission of required transcripts for undergraduate and graduate course work, recommendations, required written materials, and where required, an application fee. A personal interview may also be required to complete the application process. Applications are available on the Graduate Studies website (

Once accepted, students are required to submit a nonrefundable enrollment services fee to become fully matriculated. Keene State College reserves the right to close admissions for any graduate program at any point in time.

Academic Standards

Graduate students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in order to graduate while meeting all specified requirements of their selected program. No grade below a C is acceptable, and no more than two grades below a B may be applied to any graduate degree. Each individual program may set and announce standards for coursework, field work, examinations and/or research achievement that are more rigorous than the standards set by the Office of Graduate Studies.

Time Limitations

The statute of limitations (total time period in which to complete a graduate program) is six calendar years from the date of matriculation (following admission) for programs that require 30 credits or more to complete, or four calendar years for those programs that require 29 or fewer credits. Progress toward the degree will be carefully monitored by each student’s advisor, program director/coordinator and the Office of Graduate Studies to ensure that adequate advancement is made toward program completion and that any deficiencies noted at the time of admission are addressed.

Course Load

A matriculated graduate student is considered to be full-time when they register for 9 or more credits in a given term. Registration for 3.0 credits but fewer 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 will lead to administrative withdrawal from the College. To request a leave of absence, contact the Dean of Students’ office or complete the online form. 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. Graduate students may also be dismissed for violations of professional, ethical, breach of behavioral expectations, or for unsatisfactory academic progress (see time limitations). See institutional Academic Policies for specific information on academic honesty, grade appeals, student conduct, etc. and the appeals process.

Request for Reinstatement after Administrative or Elective Withdrawal

Students in good academic standing who have elected withdrawal or have been administratively withdrawn for non-registration may initiate consideration for reinstatement by submitting a letter of appeal to the program director/coordinator from which they have withdrawn. Students failing to maintain a 3.0 and/or those dismissed for violation of academic conduct standards will not be eligible or consideration for readmission or reinstatement.

Transfer of Credit

The residency requirement for graduate students must be fulfilled and is typically completed by taking at least 80 percent of credits through Keene State College courses.

Matriculated students may submit a Transfer of Credit Request form to the Office of Graduate Studies. Keene State College will accept only transfer credits that apply to a candidate’s graduate program and are approved by the student’s advisor, program director/coordinator, and/or department 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. Courses taken more than seven years before the date of matriculation may not be transferred into a graduate program.

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) and contact the Keene State Office of Student Financial Services for more information.

Graduate Courses

KSC graduate credit may be earned in courses numbered in the 600s.

KSC Credit Hour Policy

Keene State College is in compliance with the federal definition of credit hour. For each credit hour, the College requires at minimum, the equivalent of three hours of student academic work each week. Academic work includes, but is not limited to, direct faculty instruction, e-learning, recitation, laboratory work, studio work, field work, performance, internships, and practica. Additional academic activities include but are not limited to readings, reflections, essays, reports, inquiry, problem solving, rehearsal, collaborations, theses, and electronic interactions. Student work reflects intended learning outcomes and is verified through evidence of student achievement.


Graduate students will initiate the official degree audit and clearance by submitting an Application for Graduation form. Students will be notified once they are cleared for graduation. Although a formal (and optional) KSC commencement ceremony for all degree recipients only occurs once a year (May), the completion date that will appear on your graduate transcript may be May, or August, or December, depending on when you have actually completed degree requirements.

Master of Arts (M.A.), History and Archives

The M.A. in History and Archives provides professional training in the fields of archive administration and public history. Generally, students in the Master of Arts program will complete an internship with an archive (including, potentially, digital archives) and complete a professional project as part of their studies. Projects may include, but are not limited to, writing historically interpretative material for a public exhibit, digitally transcribing archival holdings, or developing a user guide to a manuscript collection. Students may also choose to complete an archive-based historical research project and thesis. The program offers a “4 plus 1” option for current undergraduate students who wish to complete their studies without interruption at the Master’s level in the field of History and Archives.

Professional Opportunities

  • Graduates will be eligible to take the archival certification exam administered by the Academy of Certified Archivists.
  • A career path for the professional archivist could lead in a number of diverse directions, including work in:
    • Museums
    • Public and Private Libraries
    • Historical Societies
    • Municipal and State Archives
    • Military Records
    • Corporate Archives
    • Legal and Judicial Libraries
    • Entertainment

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Enter to learn; go forth to serve …

Keene State College offers post-baccalaureate, master’s and post-master’s programs allowing you to become a teacher, special educator, master teacher, or principal. These programs lead to certification or advanced degrees in Education. Tomorrow’s educational leaders emerge from Keene State College because we successfully guide enthusiastic, intelligent and reflective individuals as they become confident, competent educators actively improving public and private school environments. Our graduates are noted for an active leadership style that stimulates positive systemic change within demanding school environments.

Keene State College has a long history of preparing teachers at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and graduate level. The KSC programs of Graduate Study in Education are designed for the individual who aspires to enter the field of education, as well as for the experienced educator who seeks new knowledge, skills, and/or additional certification as his or her career develops.

Keene State College graduate programs are grounded in standards from national organizations and are accredited by one or more of the following agencies: the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), or the New Hampshire State Board of Education. In addition, each program is framed by standards from specialty professional organizations, whose standards delineate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions professional educators should have, and in that way suggest desired outcomes of the various programs and options. Each specialty area uses the standards in planning courses and experiences and strives to meet as many standards as possible.

In keeping with our mission and vision, the Keene State College Education faculty has generated four themes that speak to what we see as fundamental to the process of teaching and learning. These themes weave through our curriculum for beginning teachers and advanced-level professionals at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels.

KSC education programs strive to prepare education professionals who:

Explore the dynamic nature of the teaching and learning process,
Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors that meet high expectations and standards,
Understand the world from multiple perspectives,
Contribute to a just and equitable world.


We welcome students who are committed to excellence. The ideal candidate for admission into the Graduate Studies Program at Keene State College will demonstrate professional and personal dispositions, including:

  • clear communication skills
  • the ability to work collaboratively
  • professional appearance and demeanor
  • the commitment to lifelong learning and service to the community
  • clear understanding of the ethical obligations of the profession
  • a demonstrated commitment to honoring diverse perspectives
  • respect, empathy, and caring for others
  • the ability to accept responsibility for own actions
  • the consistent ability to be present, punctual, and prepared
  • a demonstration of integrity and honesty
  • the willingness to work diligently to achieve success

Master of Education: Curriculum and Instruction

The Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) Option in the master’s program in education promotes the development and enhancement of teacher leadership for classroom teachers or recent Keene State College graduates. The program strives to instill an understanding of self and others in conjunction with the development of skills, knowledge, critical thinking, and compassion required for creating an equitable and engaging learning environment for diverse learners. There are three paths to a Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction:

  • Professional Development – A two- to three-year program for working classroom teachers. Can be completed part-time, requires a total of 36 credits;
  • New Teacher as Leader – For recent graduates with teacher certification or other education credential. A one-year, full-time, intensive program that requires 36 credits;
  • Post-baccalaureate into Master’s degree – For certified teachers with up to 24 post-baccalaureate transfer credits from Granite State College. A one- to two-year program completed part-time, requires a total of 36 credits.

Master of Education and Post-Master’s of Education: Educational Leadership

(Meets New Hampshire Certification Competencies for Principal: Grades K-12)

The Educational Leadership Option provides candidates with the framework and expertise in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions for transformational school leadership for the 21st century. School principals are leaders who function in many roles to meet the diverse needs of individuals and groups in an increasingly complex society and a rapidly evolving world. To lead effectively, school principals must be prepared with the knowledge, skills, and ethical understandings necessary to lead the design of a school environment that promotes P-12 student learning and development. The Educational Leadership program is nationally recognized by the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC). The M.Ed. Educational Leadership option is 36 credits and the Post-Master’s Educational Leadership option is 27 credits. Students typically complete in 2 years part-time.

Master of Education: Special Education

The Special Education Option in the Master’s program is designed to support individuals to achieve special education certification at the initial level as well as enhance competence and extend learning beyond certification competencies in the area of special education. The option combines certification coursework with an applied research experience and culminates with the design and implementation of a school-based research project. The program begins in the summer and can be completed in one year (full-time) or two years (part-time). The certification aspects of this portfolio-based program blend special education content knowledge courses with a year-long internship experience. The certification component follows standards set forth by the National Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (NCATE), the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), and the New Hampshire Department of Education. Faculty in the M.Ed. Special Education Option are dedicated to preparing special educators by partnering with local special education professionals in the larger KSC community. Guiding principles include assisting candidates to:

  1. apply special education knowledge and skills in order to assist individuals with disabilities in developing academic, social, and transition skills to become meaningful and productive members of a community
  2. design instruction, assessment, and individualized programs with the student and family at the center of the process
  3. utilize expertise of special education stakeholders within and outside a school system in a collaborative framework
  4. celebrate diversity in the context of supporting individuals with disabilities

Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification

The Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program (PBTCP) is specifically designed to address the needs of two distinct populations:

  • Experienced educators who want to become certified in another discipline; these individuals will have completed a baccalaureate degree and typically possess current teacher certification.
  • Individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree and whose life experiences have led them to seek initial teacher certification; this group may range from the novice who has no background or experience in education to individuals who have a wealth of experience and/or are employed as teacher aides, tutors, paraprofessionals, or special education classroom teachers.

This program follows the undergraduate Educator Preparation model and is composed of undergraduate courses. Through this program, students are able to meet New Hampshire competencies for certification in the following areas:

  • Biology (grades 7-12)
  • Chemistry (grades 7-12)
  • Dance (grades K-12) only available in conjunction with Early Childhood or Elementary Education
  • Early Childhood Development (nursery-3)
  • Earth Science (grades 7-12)
  • Elementary Education (grades K-6)
  • English (grades 5-12)
  • French (grades K-12)
  • General Science (grades 5-8)
  • Middle/Junior High Mathematics (grades 5-8)
  • Music Education (grades K-12)
  • Physical Education (grades K-12)
  • Physics (grades 7-12)
  • Secondary Mathematics (grades 7-12)
  • Social Studies (grades 5-12)
  • Spanish (grades K-12)

Post-baccalaureate into Master’s Degree Option

Individuals who have successfully completed a post-baccalaureate teacher certification program from Keene State College, or from an approved collaborating institution, and have been certified by a state Department of Education, or are in the process of earning teacher certification, may receive up to twenty-four (24) credits toward completion of the M.Ed. C&I, based on an evaluation by the Keene State College Education Department Chair, or that person’s designee.

Master of Science

Safety and Occupational Health Applied Sciences

The M.S. in Safety & Occupational Health Applied Sciences is designed for motivated safety professionals or graduates with a safety major or minor who are ready to engage in a personalized plan of study that shows they have the knowledge, skills and dispositions of seasoned professionals.

Students can work full-time while completing the program in one, two, or three years. The 36 credit M.S. is offered as a cohort model with blended learning environments (online and in-class instruction).

Students learn to:

  • Apply knowledge of mathematics and science to identify contemporary issues and solve applied science problems
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data
  • Formulate or design a system process or program to meet identified outcomes
  • Communicate effectively and actively contribute toward the goals of multi-disciplinary teams
  • Understand the effect of solutions – in society and across the globe
  • Reflect on personal performance to address a broad range of professional and ethical responsibilities
  • Acquire and apply techniques, skills, and technical-scientific tools.

Public Health Nutrition with Dietetic Internship

The Keene State College combined Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition with Dietetic Internship cultivates leaders as Public Health Dietitian Nutritionists to inform, educate and empower the public about health and nutrition issues. Through a policy, systems and environmental focus, graduates will form community, state and national partnerships and collaborate to identify and solve pressing health and nutrition concerns. The combined Master’s in Public Health Nutrition and Dietetic Internship will meet all requirements established by CDR. Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) approval is pending for the master’s in nutrition.

The Master of Science in Public Health Nutrition with Dietetic Internship accepts 16 graduate students/interns annually. Applying to the program is a multi-step process completed through the Dietetic Internship Computerized Application Services (DICAS), D&D Digital, and the College. Participation in the DICAS application process and matching process through D&D Digital allows graduate students/interns to apply to more than one program. In addition to the DICAS standardized application, the Dietetic Internship requires supplemental documentation including a professional portfolio. Additional information is available on our website