Applied Geospatial Information Sciences

Online Professional Science Master's Program

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 Information Sciences (AGIS) 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 AGIS is suited for all those who want to combine scientific education in  AGIS 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 Public Health Professionals
Environmental Scientists and Specialists Disaster and Security Specialists
Environmental Engineers

Landscape Architects

Geologists Architects
Urban and Regional Planners 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


AGSC 5080    


MGMT 5000

Agribusiness Management and Market Analysis


Survey of Management and Marketing


PRST 5040

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



Admission Requirements

You may join the program straight with a baccalaureate degree of a STEM or STEM-related field, or via the Graduate Certificate in Applied GIS.  The first admission pathway requires a minimum grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.00 and GRE score. The second admission pathway into the program consists of 18 credit hours of online Graduate Certificate in Applied GIS, all of which are transferable and partially fulfill requirements for the PSM program. On successful completion of the certificate program students will be encouraged to transition into the PSM program using change of program form from the Office of Graduate Studies & Research.  In order to transition into the PSM program students must be in good graduate academic standing (GPA >3.0) and have relevant field experience. The PSM program requires 36 credit hours, thus, the remaining 15 credit hours will be in business and organizational leadership and a semester-long three-credit-hour  internship in Applied GIS at a pre-arranged agency. To Apply for admission submit the following to graduate school:

Graduate School Application Form properly completed -You may apply using a paper application or an on-line application.

Official Transcripts from all previously attended colleges (including TSU); and Official GRE Scores report

Personal Statement of Purpose - A one-page statement describing personal interests, career goals, and previous academic preparation

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 only

Tuition and Fees and Charges*

*All fees are subject to change by the Tennessee Board of Regents. The University reserves the right to correct errors in student fee assessments and charges which are discovered subsequent to initial billings or fee.

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Admissions Contact Information:

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


Program Contact Information


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Solomon Haile, PhD
Assistant Professor and Coordinator  (interim)
Phone: (615) 963-5445   
Fax: (615) 963-5436

Dept. of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
Tennessee State University
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd
Nashville,  TN 37209 -1561



Applied GIS Faculty


Dr. Clement Akumu
Assistant Professor
Remote Sensing and Image analysis


Dr. Reginald Archer
Assistant Professor
Applied GIS
Tel:  615-963-1495 | FAX:  615-963-5436


Dr. Solomon Haile
Assistant Professor
Forest Resources and Applied  GIS
Tel:  615-963-5445 | FAX:  615-963-5436


Dr. George Smith
Assistant Professor
Landscape Architecture
Tel:  615-963-7561 | FAX:  615-963-5436


Dr. De’Etra Young
Assistant Professor
Urban Forestry and Applied  GIS
Tel:  615-963-5123  | FAX:  615-963-5436