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Study at Murray State University

Murray State University is a 4-year public university founded in 1922. There are over 10, 000 undergraduates and postgraduates enrolled at this university. Murray State University offers students more than 10 associate, 60 bachelors, and 40 masters and specialist programs. Moreover, there are a variety of minors, majors, and other Course Topics not commonly found in other universities. These include programs on:

  • Equine Science
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Gerontology
  • Occupational Safety and Health
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Telecommunications Systems Management
MSU's athletics department has teams in basketball, cross-country, football, golf, tennis, rifle, track and field, rowing, soccer, tennis, and volleyball. The Racers have won quite a few national championships and 6 individual NCAA national champions. Two-time national titlist and gold medalist at the 1984 Summer Olympics, Pat Spurgin, is an alumnus of this university.

Profile of Murray State University

Murray State is located in Murray, KY (a self-contained town). The school is a public institution. The highest degree level offered by Murray State is the Post-Master's certificate.

Course Topics

The school is known for its programs in media, agricultural science and management, education and teaching, and engineering technician.

Murray State Selectivity

Murray State does not offer open admission.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

Murray State had 10, 778 enrolled students in 2007.

Student Life

The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Murray State offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Ohio Valley Conference.

Murray State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching491elementary school teaching, special ed, educational admin and supervision, school Counselling, reading teaching, middle school teaching, early childhood education, health teaching, . . .
Business and Management323business, accounting, marketing, finance, business management, international business, MIS
Liberal Arts241general studies, English, history, political science, economics, sociology, liberal arts and sciences, Spanish language, . . .
Media184organizational communications, advertising, public relations, journalism, radio and television, communication studies, printing management, desktop publishing and imaging
Engineering Technician146occupational safety tech, engineering technology, manufacturing tech, civil engineering tech, electromechanical tech, water quality and recycling tech, drafting, electronics tech
Agricultural Science and Management109agriculture
Nursing and Emergency Medicine95registered nursing
Family and Social Work91social work, community organization, food and nutrition, public administration, child care provider, family studies
Medical Support and Technology90veterinary assistant, audiology and speech pathology, clinical lab tech
Science80biology, chemistry, geology, physics, aquatic biology
Computer Science and Engineering54information science, computer and info science
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy52exercise science, parks and recreation management
Therapy and Counselling41psychology, clinical psychology
Security and Law Enforcement37criminal justice and safety
Music30music, various music studies
Fine Arts22fine arts
Engineering13engineering physics
Conservation and Resource Management11wildlife management
Drama and Performing Arts3drama
office and Administration1administrative assistant, executive secretary
Religion and Philosophy1philosophy

Contact: Murray State

Murray State University

218 Wells Hall

Murray, KY 42071-3318

General Phone: (270) 809-3011


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