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Graduate Studies

Program Administration


Candidates for admission to a Master's degree, Post-Master's Certification or Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program 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. A personal interview is also required to complete the application process. Each program or option may specify additional admissions criteria. Applications are available on the Graduate Studies website (

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply throughout the year. 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 at any point in time.

Program Support

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

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).
  • Submit your ‘Application for Graduation’ to the Registrar’s office one year prior to program completion.

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 3.0 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 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. Students may also be dismissed for lack of professionalism, attitude toward and aptitude for professed occupational goals, and other criteria.

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 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 Study in Education

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 Association of Schools and Colleges, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 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.

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 in Safety & 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.