An Owl Graduate Degree

In 2015, the Carnegie Commission reclassified Kennesaw State University from a "large master's" to a "doctoral" university, placing it among the top seven percent (7%) of postsecondary institutions in the nation. In recognition that a growing number of new career paths require a graduate degree, KSU's Graduate College embraced this challenge. This fall, Kennesaw State has enrolled nearly 3,200 graduate students — a 13 percent increase since the 2015 consolidation.

The Graduate College is applying a strategic approach toward our growth, by applying data-informed decision-making and working collaboratively with faculty and administrators to strategically grow and improve offerings. And, the results are worth noting.

Programs in Business Administration, Information Technology, Instructional Technology, and Public Administration earn national and state recognition and applicant interest, consistently enrolling more than a third of the University's graduate students.

KSU's newest doctorate, the Ph.D. in Analytics and Data Science, is one of the world's first in its discipline, and is so competitive that it boasts an annual acceptance rate of less than 10 percent. That is comparable to doctoral programs in "Ivy League" universities. The Doctor of Business Administration, serving high-achieving business professionals, includes an emphasis on potential professorial futures, resulting in approximately seventy percent (70%) of graduates accepting faculty positions.

The College of Computing and Software Engineering is a University showcase for college-wide commitment to graduate education. In the last two years, the College's commitment and collaboration with The Graduate College and Office of Research has contributed to graduate students growing to 18 percent of College's enrollment while producing seven-figure increases in external research funding.

Growing and elevating graduate education at KSU represents the first step towards our goal of becoming the nation's best R3 institution — and serves as a shining example of what we can achieve when we work together.

Pamela Whitten


Written By Whitten