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2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 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. Megan Miller,, (423) 439-4707.

Shella Bennett
(423) 439-4708
Audiology; Speech-Language Pathology.
Rickie Carter
(423) 439-6165

Appalachian Studies, Biomedical Sciences (Ph.D), Brand and Media Strategy, Computer Science, English, Mathematics, Professional Communication, and four (4) certificate programs: Appalachian Studies, Mathematical Modeling; Storytelling, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Angela Edwards
(423) 439-4703

Art, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Geosciences, History, Psychology, Public Administration, Sociology, and three (3) certificate programs: Economic Development, Forensic Document Examination,  Geographic Information System, and Urban Planning.
Fiona Goodyear
(423) 439-6148

Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning (TN eCampus), Counseling, Early Childhood Education MA and PhD, Educational Media and Educational Technology, Elementary and Secondary Education, Human Services, Reading, Special Education, Sport Management, Sport Science and Coach Education, Teacher Education M.A.T., and eight (8) certificate programs: School Library Professional, Early Childhood Special Education, High Incidence Disabilities, Low Incidence Disabilities, and Response to Intervention, STEM, Athletic Administration, and Early Childhood Education Emergent Inquiry.
Cindy Hill
(423) 439-6590
M.B.A., Accounting, Digital Marketing, all degrees in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and three (3) certificate programs: Entrepreneurial Leadership, Community College Leadership, and Community Leadership.
Alondra Robbins
(423) 439-4302
Environmental Health, Physical Therapy, Public Health, and eight (8) certificate programs: Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Gerontology, Health Care Management, Public Health, and Rural Health.
Michele Lamb
(423) 439-4431

Allied Health, Business Administration Graduate Certificate, Clinical Nutrition, Computer Science, Social Work, and Technology.
Don Rice
(423) 439-6158

Nursing, including all Nursing Post Master’s certificate programs, all Nursing online programs Sport Physiology and Performance PhD., Liberal Studies, and Professional Studies; and certificates: Archival Studies, Reinforcing Education through Artistic Learning.