EKU Recognized as a Best Graduate School

Published on June 01, 2022

Eastern Kentucky University has been recognized as one of the Best Graduate Schools in the country by the Abound organization. 

Abound selects schools based on factors that cover the essential needs of the non-traditional student such as flexible classes and services, affordable courses, a range of quality programs and degrees that help students advance in their field.

“EKU is an outstanding choice to further one’s career with an advanced degree,” said Dr. Ryan Baggett, Dean of Graduate Education and Research. Eastern began providing graduate education in the 1960s and now offers more than four doctoral degrees, 36 master’s degrees and close to 50 graduate certificates, endorsements and specializations. There currently are 2,300 students enrolled in graduate programs. 

“These high-quality programs start with quality faculty with subject matter expertise, who are all evaluated by the EKU Graduate Council with a requirement to demonstrate a strong commitment to scholarship and quality instruction,” Baggett said. 

The graduate programs offered at EKU are designed to meet the needs of working professionals by focusing on the quality, accessibility, flexibility and value of each program. 

“EKU has become a leader in the online graduate market,” said EKU President David McFaddin. “We value family and community commitments and believe students should not have to choose between those commitments and the dream of higher education.” 

Brie Emmons, a master’s student studying communication disorders has high praise for her graduate program.

“The faculty and staff at EKU have provided me with a multitude of opportunities to learn and grow in the field that I am so passionate about,” Emmons said. “I have assisted in research for our field, worked hands-on in our Speech Language Hearing Clinic and provided services to individuals who present with a communication disorder or delay. My professors, supervisors and mentors have worked diligently with me to ensure that I am prepared to enter the field of Speech Language Pathology upon completion of my graduate degree.” 

Emmons encourages anyone considering graduate school at EKU to go for it. 

“There is something for everyone,” she said. “My time at EKU has been nothing short of amazing as I have learned so much about myself as a student and a future professional. Because of this, I would recommend Eastern Kentucky University to anyone interested in continuing their education.” 

All EKU programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) with multiple programs further accredited by their respective disciplines. 

A full list of schools recognized by the Abound organization can be found at https://abound.college/gradschool/top-grad-schools/

For more information about EKU’s graduate programs, visit https://gradschool.eku.edu/