Welcome from the Dean


Greetings and Welcome from Tennessee State University's School of Graduate Studies!

Tennessee State University (TSU) is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant institution founded in 1912.  The university offers 8 doctoral degree programs, 32 master’s degree programs, and 13 certificate programs in areas such as biological sciences, nursing, computer information systems engineering, psychology, agriculture, public administration, curriculum and instruction, educational administration and supervision, and physical therapy. Our graduate programs accentuate a worldview informed by multicultural and global perspectives. You will find our graduate programs intellectually stimulating, socially engaging, and scholastically rewarding.   
Whether you are a current student, prospective student, faculty member, or just exploring, we are pleased that you have entrusted us with your boldest vision, dreams, and aspirations of a brighter future through graduate studies at Tennessee State University!  We take this partnership with you very seriously!  All graduate students, are integral to the success of our university community. We will model university-wide collaboration to create, foster, and sustain an environment in which you will develop the habit of excellence!     
In addition to our amazing degree and certificate programs, TSU has some of the best faculty in the state and nation.  I think you will find that faculty are approachable, accessible, and caring! Faculty want the best for you.   Additionally, students will quickly discover faculty members have an expansive breadth and depth of knowledge that goes beyond the bounds of the traditional classroom setting.  Faculty are deeply committed to providing a myriad of applied contexts to address the needs of an ever-changing world. Please connect with your professors concerning professional interests or other concerns.   Our faculty want the best for you! 
I invite you to explore our website. The graduate staff are eager to serve you.  As our mission indicates: “…we foster scholarly inquiry and research, lifelong learning, and a commitment to service.” Again, we are here, eager to serve, and we look forward to hearing from you.  
Trinetia Respress, Ed.D.
Interim Dean
School of Graduate Studies









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School of Graduate Studies & Research