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Master of Science in Academic Advising

The Master of Science in Academic Advising is designed to prepare academic advising professionals to work more effectively with postsecondary students in their academic and career planning. The degree is intended 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 degree program is 30 hours and all courses are offered online, which serves graduate students in Kansas and students both across and outside the country.

The program was developed in collaboration with NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA). The content of the program is consistent with the CAS (Council for the Advancement of Standards) Standards and Guidelines for Academic Advising Programs.

For more information about the program and application procedures, see the K-State Global Campus website.


Core Courses (27 credit hours)

  • EDCEP 816 – Research Methods in Education
  • EDCEP 829 – Learning Principles
  • EDCEP 835 – Foundations of Academic Advising
  • EDCEP 836 – Interpersonal Relations for Academic Advising
  • EDCEP 838 – Student Development Theory
  • EDCEP 851 – Multicultural Aspects of Academic Advising
  • EDCEP 854 – College Student Athletes
  • EDCEP 863 – Trends in Career Development
  • EDSP 853 – College Students with Special Needs

Restricted Elective (3 credit hours)

  • EDCEP 812 – History and Philosophy of Higher Education 
  • EDCEP 839 – Assessment of Academic Advising
  • EDCEP 864 – Current Issues in Intercollegiate Athletics

Program Objectives:

Candidates will:

  • Know and apply advising strategies to institutional advising programs and individual advising.
  • Assess psychosocial factors that impact student learning.
  • Design interventions to assist students in overcoming learning barriers and enhancing learning approaches to improve their academic performance.
  • Know and apply student development theories to academic advising.
  • Know and apply theories of career development and related constructs to assist students with their academic and career planning.
  • Understand the influence of multicultural factors on the advising relationship and the content of advising with students.
  • Understand the needs and characteristics of specific groups of students (e.g., students with learning disabilities, student athletes, adult students, exploratory students) and apply this to academic advising.
  • Know and demonstrate skills and strategies needed to enhance communication and relationship building in advising.
  • Apply strategies for assessing academic advising programs and services.
  • Develop and implement advisor training programs.
  • Evaluate the performance of academic advisors.

Admission Requirements

Admission to graduate study is granted by the Dean of the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the faculty in the graduate program. Applicants seeking admission to this degree program must submit the information noted below. Before starting the online application, gather all information and documents for all of the admission requirements so that they can be uploaded into the application system. All materials must be received before review will begin.

  • Completed Online Graduate School Application.
    (Follow the prompts for completing the application process.)
  • Application Deadlines
    • U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents: Applications are accepted throughout the year.
    • International Students: The online application, application fee, test scores, transcripts, financial documents and all required application materials need to be submitted by the following dates:
      • January 1 for fall (August) enrollment
      • August 1 for spring (January) enrollment
      • December 1 for summer (June) enrollment
  • Graduate School Application Fee
    • Domestic Students: A $65 application fee is required for all domestic students; the application will not be processed without this fee. The fee can be paid by credit card when completing the online application.
    • International Students: A $75 application fee is required; the application will not be processed without this fee. The fee can be paid by credit card when completing the online application.
  • Official Transcripts
    • You must upload into the online application system a scanned copy (PDF preferred) of the official transcript(s) from each college or university where you received your bachelor's degree(s) and completed any post-baccalaureate course work or degrees. Transcripts become part of your records at Kansas State University and cannot be returned. Please be aware that printouts from university student portals are not considered a copy of your official transcript.
    • If you are admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript for GPA and degree conferral verification from the institution(s) where you received your degree(s) and completed any post-baccalaureate credits.
    • Students whose transcripts are not in English must furnish a translation by an appropriate authority. Failure to list any colleges or universities attended may result in dismissal from the university.
    • In general, an applicant 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 successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Academic Advising would, upon application, 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 would be required to submit the results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). 
  • Statement of Goals and Professional Experience
    • You must upload into the online application system a 1-2 page, double-spaced paper that includes the following information:
      • Career and professional goals and aspirations, and how being accepted to the program will benefit the goals and aspirations;
      • The reason for interest in seeking the master's degree in academic advising;
      • Competencies and experiences related to the program (e.g., counseling skills and experience, interpersonal skills, teaching skills, program development experience);
      • Evidence of motivation, leadership, and strong work ethic; and
      • Professional experiences that support application.
    • The paper is to be well written and thoughtfully presented. For resources to help writing the paper, see the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). An additional writing sample(s) that is independently authored may be submitted as part of the application process (e.g., graduate course paper, thesis, published article).
  • A Professional Resume or Vitae
    • You must upload into the online application system a professional resume/vitae that includes previous academic degrees, past and present employment, professional activities and roles, and other pertinent information.
  • English Language Proficiency
    • To demonstrate competence in the English language, an official report of scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System – academic exam (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE) must be sent to Kansas State University for all applicants whose primary language is not English. Enter your scores in the online application and upload the report of your scores.
    • Learn more about English proficiency requirements

International applicants must meet the same academic standards for admission as those required of domestic students. When applying for admission, international applicants must provide an Affidavit of Financial Support and documentation of English language proficiency. Detailed information about these issues is provided at the Graduate School's International Students web page.


For more information about the academic advising profession, visit the NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising website.

NACADA also provides a list of academic advising openings by region.

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Master of Science (M.S.)


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Tuition Information:

See the Cashiers and Student Accounts website for tuition and fee schedules.

Additional Information

Assessment Alignment Matrix (PDF)
Student Retention Policy (PDF)

Academic Advising Program Website

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