First-Year Studies

Kennesaw State University

M.Sc. Online
25078 USD/year
6946 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Master of Science in First-Year Studies (MSFYS) is a fully online graduate program that encompasses the theory and study of factors affecting the initial college experience, including foundations of students' transitional experiences and research on various programs that promote a successful transition.


Grounded in decades of research, this is the only graduate degree program dedicated to the discipline of first-year studies.

Through an innovative curriculum, students in the MSFYS graduate program develop skills and knowledge needed to create and manage curricular and co-curricular programs, and engage in research that extends the collective understanding of first-year and transition studies. The MSFYS program is designed for anyone interested in working with or teaching first-year college students, including residence hall directors, academic advisors, teaching staff, faculty, and administrators.

The MSFYS Program is housed in the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to First-Year Studies
  • Methods and Assessment of First-Year Programs
  • History of First-Year Studies
  • Fundamentals of Designing First-Year Programs and Experiences
  • Cognitive Development of First-Year College Students
  • Development and Organization of First-Year Programs
  • First-Year Student Success: Theory and Practice
  • Multiculturalism of First-Year Students

Key information

Start dates & application deadlines





Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Graduate Application – There is a non-refundable $60 application 
  • Transcripts – Official transcripts from UEACHU College and/or University you have attended. Must be in sealed envelope from the institution.
  • GRE Score Report – Request that your scores be sent electronically to KSU (school code 5359). No department code is necessary.
  • Resume - Can be uploaded into the online application.
  • Application Letter – Can be uploaded into the online application.
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation – Can be sent electronically through the online application

Tuition Fee

  • International

    25078 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12539 USD per semester and a duration of  .
  • National

    6946 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3473 USD per semester and a duration of  .


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Due for update

Updated over a year ago

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