Degree Programs

You Have the Mission -- We Provide the Skills

Help advance the state of knowledge in public problem solving and prepare to engage effectively in serving your communities—local, regional, national, and global—through the interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate programs in the College of Public Service and Urban Affairs.


Undergraduate Degree Programs (Offered by the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Urban Professions)

Apply online for the undergraduate programs.


Graduate Degree Programs

  • Public Administration: Ph.D. —a rigorous research-based degree that prepares you for faculty positions and leadership roles in public and nonprofit organizations. (Department of Public Administration)

  • Public Administration: M.P.A. —the key professional degree enabling you to work in fast-growing public and nonprofit sectors; mixed course-delivery methods (evening, online, hybrid) help you earn a degree while employed. TSU's MPA degree is the only NASPAA-accredited program in Middle Tennessee. (Department of Public Administration)

  • Professional Studies: M.P.S.—a completely online, team-taught program brings together faculty from six Tennessee Regents institutions. At TSU the MPS is housed within the Department of Public Administration. Concentrations include:
    • Human Resource Management
    • Strategic Leadership
    • Training and Development
  • Mid-Tennessee Collaborative Master of Social Work (MTC MSW) This is one program that has three locations. The program is designed for the working professional with on-campus courses offered in the evening and the remaining classes offered online. Individuals who have a Bachelor of Social Work degree and a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 are eligible for advanced standing. (Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Urban Professions)

Apply  for graduate programs.


Graduate Certificate Programs

  • Health Administration and Planning —a five-course program that helps you gain high-demand skills in health care policy and management. (Department of Public Administration)

  • Nonprofit Management —a five-course program for professionals ready to succeed in this rapidly growing sector. (Department of Public Administration)

Apply  for graduate programs.






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