PSM in Applied GIS Online

Layered GIS

The Professional Science Master’s (PSM) prepares scientists in rigorous, hands-on training that combines science knowledge with business know-how. The PSM degree program with a concentration in Applied Geospatial Sciences (AGS) is designed for individuals who wish to pursue careers in professional settings other than research or academia, and who do not wish to pursue additional educational opportunities at the doctoral level.

The program includes courses from the academic disciplines of agricultural and environmental sciences in conjunction with business, marketing, public service and urban affairs. This program provides unique opportunities to prospective students interested in  online course delivery and a required on-ground internship.

Online Applied GIS Program

To meet your need to balance personal and professional commitments, the courses in PSM in AGIS program are offered online through the Tennessee State University e-learn  distance education.

Who Should Apply?
The PSM program in AGS is suited for all those who want to combine scientific education in AGS with practical training in business management and organizational leadership. The program is suited for
both new science graduates and aspiring professionals employed in private or public sectors. Some of the professionals who may find this program beneficial are:

  • Natural Resource Managers
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists
  • Environmental Engineers
  • Geologists
  • Urban and Regional Planners
  • Hydrologists
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Disaster and Security Specialists
  • Landscape Architects
  • Architects
  • Geographers

The program requires completion of 36 semester credit hours distributed as follows:
Major Field Core:    15 Credit hours
Concentration:        21 Credit hours

Major Field Core:

Total Credits:   15


BISI 6550

Project Management


MGMT 5000

Survey of Management and Marketing


AGSC 5080

PRST 5040

Agribusiness Management and Market Analysis
Human Resources Management


PRST 5100

Issues and Ethics


PRST 5310

Leadership in Organization



Total Credits   21


AGSC 6510

Geospatial Information Systems


AGSC  6520

Advanced Spatial Analysis


AGSC 6525


AGSC 6560

Remote Sensing and Image Analysis


Global Positioning Systems


AGSC 6530

Advanced Geospatial Metadata


AGSC 6540

Advanced Spatial Database Design and Management


AGSC 6550

Advanced Geospatial Information Systems Application and Design


AGSC 6585

Internship in Applied Geospatial Sciences


To Apply 
1.  Assemble your application materials for the Graduate School, including:
Personal Statement of Purpose—A one-page statement describing personal interests, career goals, and previous academic preparation (such as math, statistics, and/or critical thinking) that will help in evaluating the candidate’s overall fit within the program;
GRE Scores—A minimum score of 3 or higher on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) analytical writing and a score of 290 or higher on the GRE (verbal and quantitative) or rank 30th percentile or higher on the GRE (verbal and quantitative); Official Transcripts—must be of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in a STEM or STEM-related field with transcripts from all institutions attended (including TSU);  a grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 point scale is required;
Two Letters of Recommendation—may be from professional or academic contacts conveying the applicant’s ability to succeed in the program; and
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)—for international applicants from non-English speaking countries

2. Complete the Application for admission to the Graduate School (

This may be submitted online at:

Please send all forms, inquiries, and correspondence regarding admission to:

Office of Graduate Studies and Research
Tennessee State University
330 Tenth Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37209
Phone: (615) 963-7371

For additional information about the PSM in Applied GIS, please contact:

Solomon Haile, PhD
Assistant Professor and Coordinator (interim)
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd. Nashville, TN 37209 -1561
Phone: (615) 963 - 5445     Fax: (615) 963 - 5436


Surendra P. Singh, PhD
Professor and Head (interim)
Phone: (615) 963 - 5829       Fax: (615) 963 - 5436






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