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2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Graduate Studies

The mission of the School of Graduate Studies is to foster post-baccalaureate programs of study and scholarship that are recognized for their excellence and contributions to society. The School of Graduate Studies will provide an environment that stimulates:

  • Advanced understanding of the concepts, issues, and practice of a discipline;
  • Interdependent thought and the ability to generate new knowledge;
  • The ability to contribute significantly to the academic community, professions, and society; and
  • Diversity among ideas, programs, and people.

Graduate students assume full responsibility for knowledge of the policies and regulations of the Graduate School and special requirements of individual degree programs.

Program Administration

The Dean of the School of Graduate Studies is the administrator of graduate education at the university. The major duties of the office include admission and classification of graduate students as determined by university policy, administration of all regulations and policies governing graduate education, and maintenance of standards prescribed by the governing board and various university and program accrediting agencies. The Dean is responsible for the interpretation and implementation of the actions of the Graduate Council.

Graduate Council

The Graduate Council is an advisory body that assists the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies in administering the graduate programs at East Tennessee State University. The Graduate Council reviews all curriculum changes in graduate courses or programs and approves faculty for graduate faculty status. However, the Council’s main task is to discuss, review, and advise on all matters concerning Graduate School policies. Any ETSU faculty member may offer items for discussion.

Degree Programs

The School of Graduate studies offers programs of study leading to graduate certificates, various master’s degrees, the education specialist degree, and various doctoral degrees. The programs are designed to provide specialized training in professional, academic, and interdisciplinary areas. Specific requirements for each degree program are defined under Courses of Instruction in this catalog.

Graduate Program Specialists

Each graduate program or major is represented by a Graduate Program Specialist who is prepared to assist students with all aspects of the graduate process, from admission through graduation. If you have questions or would like to explore options for graduate study, please contact the appropriate program specialist listed below. Non-degree student applications are processed by Ms. Sierra Maxwell, maxwells@etsu.edu (423) 439-4707.

Shella Bennett bennetsg@etsu.edu
(423) 439-4708
Audiology, Biomedical Sciences, and Speech Pathology.
Mary Duncan duncanm@etsu.edu
(423) 439-4302
Allied Health, Clinical Nutrition, Environmental Health, Liberal Studies, Physical Therapy, Public Health, and seven (7) certificate programs: Archival Studies, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Gerontology, Health Care Translation and Interpreting, Health Care Management, Professional Studies, and Rural Health
Kimberly Brockman

(423) 439-6165

Computer Science, English, Mathematics, Social Work, Technology, Appalachian Studies MA and six (6) certificate programs: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, Emerging Technologies, and Early Childhood Education Emergent Inquiry Graduate Certificate, Appalachian Studies, Athletic Administration, and Mathematical Modeling.
Angela Edwards


(423) 439-4703

Art, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Communication, Geosciences, History, New Media Studio, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, and three (3) certificate programs: Economic Development, Forensic Document Examination, and Urban Planning.
Fiona Goodyear

(423) 439-6148

Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (RODP), Counseling, Early Childhood Education MA and PhD, Educational Media and Technology, Elementary and Secondary Education, Teacher Education with Multiple Levels (M.A.T.), Kinesiology and Sport Studies, Reading/Storytelling, Special Education, and two (2) certificate programs: School Library Professional and Storytelling certificates.
Cindy Hill hillcc@etsu.edu
(423) 439-6590
M.B.A., Accounting, Digital Marketing, all degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and two (2) certificate programs: Business Administration and Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Linda Raines

(423) 439-6158

Nursing, including all Nursing Post Master’s certificate programs, all Nursing RODP programs Sport Physiology and Performance PhD.