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Kansas State University

Master of Science in Academic Advising

Academic Advising
Master of Science
Issues and skills for delivering effective academic advising
Course Delivery
Application Requirements
Completion Requirements
  • 30 credit hours and
  • a capstone final project

The Academic Advising master’s degree program is designed for practicing advisors and administrators desiring more formal education relating to academic advising, for faculty seeking advising knowledge beyond their discipline, and for students anticipating academic advising roles. The master’s program offers additional coursework with two options: (a) Administration of Academic Advising and (b) Intercollegiate Athletics and the College Student Athlete.

To earn the master’s degree, students must complete the 30 credit hours of graduate coursework and prepare a final project.

Students wishing to earn the Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising concurrent with the master’s degree must formally apply to the Academic Advising Graduate Certificate Program. For information about applying to the certificate program please visit:


Students interested in the Master of Science in Academic Advising program must apply to the K-State Graduate School and be admitted as degree-seeking students before enrolling in classes. Admission decisions will be based on a combination of factors, including prior academic achievement, the nature of a student’s academic preparation, and the relatedness of the program’s offering to a student’s goals. In general, a student with a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 from an accredited institution can expect to be admitted to the master’s degree program.

Students who have completed only a bachelor’s degree and have a cumulative grade point average below a 3.0 are required to submit current Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores. Students may not enroll in classes as a nondegree K-State Global Campus student.

Graduate School Application Fee

Domestic Students – A $50 non-refundable application fee is required. Online applicants may use a credit card. The application will not be processed without this fee. If not paid online, a check payable to the K-State Graduate School must be submitted through the mail.

International Students – A $75 non-refundable application fee is required. Online applicants may use a credit card. The application will not be processed without this fee. If not paid online, an international cashier’s check or money order (in U.S. funds) payable to the K-State Graduate School must be submitted through the mail. Cash or personal checks cannot be accepted from international students.

Course Delivery

All coursework is offered at a distance via K-State Online, the course management system at Kansas State University. Classes are made up of readings, videos, discussion boards, or other online learning activities. Classes vary in format. There may be quizzes, tests, or papers, but students will not be required to have a proctor. Students work independently; yet share comments and questions via K-State Online. Classes are delivered within a semester time frame. Fall and spring terms are 16 weeks. Summer classes are four or eight weeks long.

Length of Program

It is recommended that students finish the program within a reasonable time frame. If students take one class per term, they can reasonably finish the M.S. degree in three and a half years. Students could take two classes per term and finish the coursework in less than two years. If students do not take classes for two years, they are put on inactive status and must reapply to the program. Courses may not be listed on the Program of Study if they are more than six years old.

Courses for the 30-hour online Master of Science in Academic Advising are:


  • EDCEP 816. Research Methods (3 hrs)
  • EDCEP 829. Learning Principles (3 hrs)
  • EDCEP 835. Foundations of Academic Advising (3 hrs)
  • EDCEP 836. Interpersonal Relations for Academic Advising (3 hrs)
  • EDCEP 838. The College Student and the College Environment (3 hrs)
  • EDCEP 851. Multicultural Aspects of Academic Advising (3 hrs)
  • EDCEP 854. College Student Athletes (3 hrs)
  • EDCEP 863. Trends in Career Development (3 hrs)
  • EDSP 853. College Students with Special Needs (3 hrs)

One elective is required

  • EDCEP 837. Administration of Academic Advising (3 hrs)
  • EDCEP 864. Current Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics (3 hrs)

There are no prerequisites for any of the academic advising courses, and there is no specific order in which the courses must be completed. Courses are offered on a rotational basis. Students may take the courses in the order that works best for them. However, it is recommended that all students take EDCEP 835 - Foundations of Academic Advising during the first or second semester in the program.

Descriptions of the courses are available on the Courses Page.

Final Project

The Graduate School of Kansas State University requires comprehensive examinations for master’s degree programs. In order to fulfill this requirement, the Academic Advising faculty of the Department of Special Education, Counseling, and Student Affairs adopted a Final Project to ensure that all master’s degree students possess the necessary knowledge and competencies for academic advising. In developing a Final Project, students will demonstrate and apply what they have learned about academic advising from their coursework. The Final Project is expected to be a high quality, graduate document developed during the program. The Final Project content is expected to be substantive and professional in presentation. For more information and a sample Final Project, please visit the Academic Advising Webpage and review the Student Handbook.


Distance education fees are the same for Kansas residents and out-of-state students. Tuition and fees for the 2013-14 year are $486.80 per graduate credit hour for distance learning courses. Tuition is subject to change by the Kansas Board of Regents and is finalized each year for the upcoming fall semester in late June or early July. All academic advising courses are three credit hours.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Financial aid is available for the master’s degree but not for the graduate certificate program. Contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance for more information. Applying for financial assistance almost always begins with completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is an application for federal loans and work-study funding. The U.S. Federal Department of Education uses the information you provide on the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for federal financial assistance.

There are no scholarships specific to the academic advising program, but a list of general scholarships is available through K-State Global Campus.

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