The Graduate School  

Dean: Pawan Kahol

Telephone: 620-235-4223

Fax: 620-235-4219

Room: 112 Russ Hall

email: pkahol AT pittstate DOT edu


Graduate School Overview        

Pittsburg State University was originally founded as the Kansas State Manual Training Normal School of Pittsburg in 1903. It became a four-year institution in 1913 and was renamed Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg in 1932. The Graduate Division was organized in 1929 to confer the Master of Science degree. In 1958 the College was authorized to grant the Specialist in Education degree. One year later the name was changed to Kansas State College of Pittsburg and the Graduate Division was then authorized by the Board of Regents to confer the Master of Arts degree in history, English, and mathematics in addition to the other degrees. Art and communication have been added as options under the Master of Arts degree. The Master of Music was approved in 1968, and the Master of Business Administration in 1974. In 1977 the name of the institution was changed to Pittsburg State University and in 1984 the name of the Graduate Division was changed to the Graduate School.

The Graduate School grants degrees on three levels: the master's degree and the Specialist in Education for study beyond the master's degree and the Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The master's degree is designed to introduce the student to advanced study and research, with emphasis upon specialized, in-depth, and independent study. In the education professions, graduate study at the master's degree level is designed to increase the competence of teachers and other school personnel. For professionals in fields other than education, the degree objective is to provide additional preparation for careers in the arts and the humanities, science, business and industry, technology management and/or government service. The degree is also designed for those who wish to gain opportunities for cultural advancement in the field of general education. The master's degree is not a terminal degree. It may be a step toward the Specialist in Education degree or toward the achievement of a doctoral degree.

The Specialist in Education degree is a professional degree providing advanced study for educators. The specialist degree program is designed to build upon students' professional and academic experience. A minimum of 30 graduate hours beyond the master's degree is required.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is an advanced level graduate nursing degree program offering the highest level of preparation for nursing practice. The DNP program offers the major, Advanced Practice Nursing, with opportunity for specialization in the advanced practice role, Family Nurse Practitioner in two tracks, the BSN to DNP and MSN to DNP.

In addition to degree programs, the university also provides an opportunity as a non-degree seeking student for those who wish to do graduate study for personal and professional reasons without study toward a degree. Professional development opportunities to satisfy licensure/certification requirements for teachers, psychologists, counselors and other professionals are also available.

Graduate study is under the general supervision of the graduate faculty, who are appointed by the president of the university. The majority of graduate faculty members have Doctor of Philosophy or Doctor of Education degrees, although non-doctoral faculty members especially qualified in specific content fields may be appointed to the graduate faculty.

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