Degrees and Programs

Middle Tennessee State University offers graduate programs at the certificate, masters, specialist and doctoral levels, with more than 100 programs of study from which to choose. From short-term-study certificate programs to doctoral degrees, MTSU has something for almost everyone. Niche programs in recording arts and technologies, aeronautical science and public history attract top scholars from around the world. The University routinely hosts students who participate in renowned programs such as the Fulbright and Muskie Fellowships. We are a leader in graduate education in Tennessee!

Masters Degrees

Master of Accountancy (M.Acc)

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.)

Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)

Master of Criminal Justice (M.C.J.)

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Master of Library Science (M.L.S.)

Master of Music (M.M.)

Master of Professional Studies M.P.S.

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)

Master of Science (M.S.)

Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.)

Master of Social Work (M.S.W.)

Graduate Certificates

Graduate certificate programs provide advanced study beyond the baccalaureate degree and are intended as both professional development and as an intermediate step towards a desired graduate degree.

Graduate Certificates

Interdisciplinary Certificate Programs

Graduate Minors

There are two patterns of minors from which a candidate may choose:

  • A single minor consisting of at least 12 semester hours; 12 undergraduate hours in an area are prerequisite to a single minor in that area at the master's level
  • A minor consisting of a minimum of 6 semester hours in each of two subjects

The candidate is expected to complete the total program in the major, minor, and/or cognate fields. A cognate is defined as 6 semester hours.

Minors are offered in:

  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture
  • Art
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Earth Science/Geology
  • Education
  • Foreign Languages
  • Geography
  • Gerontology
  • Health
  • History
  • Human Sciences
  • Information Systems
  • Library Science
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Recreation
  • Safety
  • Sociology
  • Special Education

Accelerated Bachelor to Master Degree Programs (ABM)

The Accelerated Bachelor’s-to-Master’s (ABM) program allows highly qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to complete the requirements for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.  Participating undergraduates may count up to 12 graduate credit hours toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Getting Started

Step 1:  Make sure you meet the criteria for admission:

  • You have a GPA of at least 3.25;
  • You have completed a minimum of seventy-five (75) credit hours in your undergraduate program(including advanced placement credits);
  • You have at least two full-time semesters of undergraduate coursework remaining at the time of application; and
  • If you are a transfer student, you must have completed a minimum of two semesters as a full-time student at MTSU.

Step 2:  Talk to your department chair.  Compete your department’s application form and submit it to the department.  Participating ABM programs and their departmental contacts are:

Program Department Phone
M.S.P.S. in Actuarial Sciences
M.S.P.S. in Biostatistics
Mathematical Sciences 615-898-2669
M.S. in Chemistry    Chemistry                                                           615-904-8252
M.A.T. in Foreign Languages and Literatures  World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures 615-898-2981
M.A. in Economics Economics and Finance  615-898-2520
M.A. in International Affairs  Political Science  615-898-5731
M.S. in Media and Communication Media and Communication 615-898-5420
M.S. in Leisure and Sports Management Health and Human Performance 615-898-2811
M.S. in Exercise Science Health and Human Performance 615-898-5549
M.C.J. in Criminal Justice Administration Criminal Justice Administration 615-898-2630

Step 3:
  Upon notification of acceptance from your department, make an appointment with your undergraduate and graduate program advisors to map out your course of study and determine when you will complete your undergraduate degree.

Step 4:  Before you complete your undergraduate degree, apply to the MTSU College of Graduate Studies, indicating the term in which you will formally enter the graduate program.

Non-Degree / Endorsements

Non-degree-seeking student admission is available to qualified applicants who wish to enhance their post-baccalaureate education but do not seek a graduate degree. Not all courses offered at the University are available for non-degree-seeking students. Enrollment in specific courses may be limited to degree-seeking students only. Information concerning eligibility for specific graduate courses may be obtained from individual departments. It is advisable to speak with a departmental academic advisor before enrolling in any graduate course.

NOTE: Non-degree-seeking students are not permitted to enroll in graduate courses in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business.

Non-degree-seeking students who wish to change to degree-seeking status must meet College of Graduate Studies’ admission requirements and specific graduate program admission requirements to be eligible for consideration.

If transfer to degree-seeking status is approved, appropriate semester hours earned while a non-degree-seeking student may be applied toward a degree program if approved by the graduate program director and the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

Certain programs within the College of Education are available for add-on endorsements for non-degree-seeking students.  Those include:

  • Alternative I and II Licensure Add-On Endorsement
  • English as a Second Language Add-On Endorsement
  • Library Science Add-On Endorsement
  • Special Education Add-On Endorsement

Some other licensure paths are available for non-degree-seeking students as well, including:

  • School Counseling Licensure - Professional Counseling




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