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The Biology Department’s Master of Science program emphasizes research and preparation for further graduate study as well as employment with public agencies and private businesses. Read more
The Biology Department’s Master of Science program emphasizes research and preparation for further graduate study as well as employment with public agencies and private businesses. A major strength of the program is the option to custom-tailor the overall curriculum to meet the needs and objectives of individual students. Students may pursue a general biology curriculum or may choose to focus their studies in one or more of the following specialization areas: botany, cell and molecular biology, ecology, genetics, microbiology, physiology, or zoology. Students also have the opportunity to study in a state-of-the-art facility with the Fall 2014 opening of the innovative $147 million science building comprising more than 250,000 square feet for teaching, research, and collaborative learning. The Biology master’s requires a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit and six hours of research tools or foreign language. The degree also includes written oral comprehensive exams and a research thesis. Program completion typically requires two to three years.

Career

Recent M.S. graduates have followed a variety of career paths, including pursuit of advanced research degrees (Ph.D.) and professional degrees (M.D. for medicine, D.D.S. for dentistry, M.T. for medical technology); employment with a variety of private, university, state, or federal laboratories and agencies; and teaching in high schools and junior colleges. Possible professional positions with this degree:

Bioinformatician
Biologist
Biology teacher
Biotechnology operations manager
College laboratory coordinator
Community college faculty
Commercial farm operations manager
Ecologist
Ecological/environmental consultant
Environmental scientist
Food technologist/safety specialist
Information technologist
Laboratory scientist
Molecular biology analyst
Museum curator
Research assistant/associate
Senior biochemist
Senior chemist
Surveyor
Technician
Water quality specialist
Wildlife biologist
Zoological park curator

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Aegis Science Corp.
Barrett Firearms Mfg.
Boston Medical Center
California University of Pennsylvania
Central Medical Lab, Sulaimani, Iraq
City of Franklin Water Resources Dept.
Environmental Science Corp.
Genetic Assays
Grundy Greens Farm
Harpeth High School
ICON Clinical Research
Illinois Natural History Survey
Motlow State Community College
Nashville State Community College
Pope John Paul II High School
Premiere Orthopedics
Rockvale Middle School
Siegel High School
Site Engineering Consultants
Stones River National Battlefield
Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency
U.S. Air Force
U.S. Geological Survey
University of Connecticut Health Center
Vanderbilt University

Doctoral/professional programs where graduates have been accepted include:

Arizona State University
Indiana State University
James Cook University, Australia
Middle Tennessee State University
Northern Illinois University
Oklahoma State University
Sao Paulo State University, Brazil
University of Alabama-Birmingham
University of Kentucky Medical School
University of Louisville
University of Memphis
University of Mississippi
University of Tennessee
Uppsala University, Sweden
Utah State University
UT-Memphis Medical School
Vanderbilt University

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The graduate program in Social, Political, Ethical, and Legal Philosophy (SPEL) offers graduate students advanced coursework and individual research in classical, modern, and contemporary social and political philosophy, ethics, and the philosophy of law. Read more
The graduate program in Social, Political, Ethical, and Legal Philosophy (SPEL) offers graduate students advanced coursework and individual research in classical, modern, and contemporary social and political philosophy, ethics, and the philosophy of law. SPEL recognizes and respects work in both the Anglo-American (analytic) and the Continental (European) traditions, as well as in various non-Western traditions, in feminist philosophy and critical race theory, and in other emerging areas of philosophy. Students with a variety of philosophical interests should feel welcome to apply to the SPEL program. The SPEL program offers a terminal MA and a PhD, with specializations in social, political, ethical, and/or legal philosophy.

Recent doctoral graduate placements include: Assistant Professor at Southern Illinois University, Assistant Professor at Antioch College, Assistant Professor at Mardin Artuklu University (Turkey), Assistant Professor at Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano (Columbia), and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Seton Hall.

All applicants must submit the following:

- Online graduate degree application and application fee
- Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
- Two or three letters of recommendation (three for PhD applicants)
- Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
- Official GRE scores
- Writing sample (maximum 20 pages)

And, for international applicants:
- International Student Financial Statement form
- Official bank statement/proof of support
- Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

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The English Department offers MAs in the areas of Literature, Renaissance Studies, and Composition/Rhetoric. Department faculty mentor students at all stages of their graduate experience, from coursework to teaching to examinations and the writing of master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. Read more

Literature

The English Department offers MAs in the areas of Literature, Renaissance Studies, and Composition/Rhetoric.

Department faculty mentor students at all stages of their graduate experience, from coursework to teaching to examinations and the writing of master’s theses and doctoral dissertations.

Graduate students in our Department not only have the opportunity to learn in an engaging environment but also to teach in one as well. Beginning in their first (for PhD candidates) and second (for MA candidates) years, they gain valuable classroom experience in composition classes, literature surveys, and courses they design themselves. Our program's scholarly and pedagogical preparation, as well as our detailed attention to professional placement, has enabled students to develop careers as teachers, scholars, publishers and editors.

Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies

"Bringing the Globe to Alabama"

The Strode Program is a privately endowed program to promote the study of English literature from Skelton to Milton. The endowment provides for lectures and residencies by distinguished scholars and fellowships for graduate study at the University of Alabama in the field of English Renaissance Literature.

Hudson Strode served on the University of Alabama faculty from 1916 to 1963. He was a prolific author and celebrated teacher of Shakespeare and of creative writing. The Strode program was endowed by Professor Strode and his wife, Thérèse.

Focus: The Graduate Student

The intellectual work and educational activities sponsored by the Strode Program, from fellowships to lecture series, from the Strode Seminar to summer research awards, converge upon a single focus: the graduate student. We have a lively and talented group of students specializing in English Renaissance literature in preparation for careers in colleges and universities, or for other professional or personal goals. The faculty is committed not only to teaching students but also to mentoring them, fostering a community of future scholars.

Our students have won departmental and college awards for teaching and they have won university-wide fellowships for dissertation research. A recent Ph.D. received the College of Arts and Sciences annual award for best dissertation. Topics treated in the dissertations produced by our students are diverse—from readings of Spenser which deploy the theories of Derrida and Lacan to studies of the representation of female sexuality which draw upon seventeenth-century London court records; from adaptations of Shakespeare for teen films to performance criticism of regional and university theatrical productions. Essays written by our students—on Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, on the agency of the letter in Hamlet, on class conflict in Coriolanus, on Leo Africanus and early modern imperialism, and on queer kinship in The Merchant of Venice—have appeared in Early Modern Literary Studies, English Literary History, English Literary Renaissance, Studies in English Literature, and Shakespeare, among other journals and essay collections.

We have an excellent record of placing Ph.D.s in tenure-track professorships. In the past ten years, 100% of our Ph.D. graduates who went on the academic job market eventually landed tenure-track jobs. Recent graduates have joined the faculty at Cornell College, High Point University, Mercer University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Xavier University, and Youngstown State University. M.A. students have matriculated to Ph.D. programs at Emory, Northwestern, Rutgers, University of California, University of Georgia, University of Oxford, University of Tennessee, and University of Washington, to name a few. Other M.A. students have gone on to law school, library school, the Peace Corps, high school teaching, or other opportunities.

Composition and Rhetoric

The graduate curriculum in CRES (Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies) provides a solid foundation in English studies with a particular focus on the teaching of writing and studies in language, literacy, and rhetoric. The doctoral program is designed for those seeking academic positions as composition specialists (researchers, teachers, or administrators) in postsecondary English departments that emphasize writing instruction. The MA program is ideal for those who wish to do community college teaching or administrative work, and for students wishing to continue on to the PhD.

The graduate curriculum provides core courses in composition-rhetoric as well as elective opportunities in literature, linguistics, communication studies, education, and interdisciplinary areas such as gender and race. CRES students have opportunities to teach first-year writing, technical writing, and sophomore literature surveys. We also offer opportunities for writing center work and writing program administration.

Our graduates have obtained tenure-track positions at community colleges and four-year institutions such as Central Piedmont Community College (Charlotte, NC), Shelton State Community College (Tuscaloosa, AL), North Carolina Wesleyan College (Rocky Mount, NC), Judson College (Marion, AL), Charlotte School of Law (NC), Stillman College (Tuscaloosa, AL), the University of Houston, Itawamba Community College (Fulton, MS), Chattanooga State Community College (TN), Hinds Community College (Jackson, Mississippi), Marion Military Institute (Marion, AL), Louisiana Tech, Murray State (KY), the University of Alabama-Birmingham, the University of Texas-El Paso, Alabama A&M, St. Louis Community College (Meramec Campus), LaGrange College (GA), East Tennessee State, the University of South Alabama, Eastern Illinois University, and the University of North Alabama.

Application to all graduate programs offered by the Department of English is made through the University of Alabama Graduate School online application, which can be accessed by following the link on the English Department's Admissions page.

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MTSU’s Initial Licensure Program provides students with the opportunity to earn a master’s degree with a major in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a license to teach kindergarten through fifth grade. Read more
MTSU’s Initial Licensure Program provides students with the opportunity to earn a master’s degree with a major in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a license to teach kindergarten through fifth grade. The Initial Licensure Program differs from other programs by welcoming students with bachelor’s degrees outside of education. In addition, courses are offered on-line, on weekends, and through the traditional format of one evening per week. The program is specifically designed for career changers and their busy schedules.

Career

Graduates of the Initial Licensure Program have a high success rate of becoming a teacher immediately upon graduation. Courses offered are intended to prepare graduate students with the tools and network connections needed to excel upon entering the educational field. Graduates can be found across the middle Tennessee area as well as across the country including Arizona, Illinois, Texas, and South Carolina to name a few.

Some potential careers include:

classroom teacher
curriculum specialist
director of curriculum and instruction
instructional coordinator
teacher mentor
textbook reviewer

Alumni from the Curriculum and Instruction Program have been employed across the nation as well as in many districts including:

Bedford County Schools
Franklin Special Schools
Lebanon School District
Metro-Davidson Schools
Murfreesboro City Schools
Rutherford County Schools
Sumner County Schools
Tullahoma City Schools
Williamson County Schools
Wilson County Schools

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Pursue the M.A. and/or the Ph.D. in English with a nationally and internationally recognized faculty, whose members have published more than 90 books. Read more
Pursue the M.A. and/or the Ph.D. in English with a nationally and internationally recognized faculty, whose members have published more than 90 books. The lively, dynamic program looks at texts ranging from Beowulf to Virginia Woolf and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Study in both traditional fields (medieval literature, the Renaissance, American lit, rhetoric and composition, linguistics) and new interdisciplinary areas (popular culture, film studies, Anglophone lit, folklore, children's and adolescent literature). Students are encouraged to think and create freely within a structure that provides support from peers, guidance from faculty, resources for research, challenging goals, and rigorous standards. The relatively small size of graduate seminars allows for highly individualized attention to students. Assistantships are available, as well as awards, fellowships, and other financial support.

Degrees

The Department of English offers the Master of Arts (M.A.), the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), and a minor at the graduate level. Both degree programs provide students with opportunities to integrate advanced training in traditional and emerging areas of English studies with teaching experience and pedagogical training.

The English M.A. degree, one of the oldest in the state, is a non-specialized program that offers advanced studies in American and British literature, popular culture and film, the English language, rhetoric and composition, and linguistics. Thesis and non-thesis options are offered.

The Ph.D. program allows for specialization in a number of areas, including American Literature; Anglophone Literature; British Literature; Children's and Young Adult Literature; Folklore; Linguistics; Literary Theory; Popular Culture and Film; and Rhetoric, Composition, and Pedagogy.

Admissions decisions for both programs are based on the department’s judgment of the applicant’s capacity, suitability, and preparation for graduate study.

Master’s or doctoral applicants should have completed at least 30 semester hours of English at the undergraduate level. Ph.D. candidates without an M.A. will be expected to have completed at least 20 hours of graduate coursework in English.

A foreign language requirement must be met for graduation for both advanced degrees.

Career

The graduate programs in English have enjoyed a highly successful placement record for students. The department's M.A. degree also has a national reputation for preparing students for doctoral study at prestigious programs throughout the nation. Some potential professional careers include

academic/university official advertising/public relations executive
author
college professor
content manager
creative writer
director/support staff for non-profit organizations
editor
lawyer (after law school)
librarian
manager
playwright
professional/technical writer
public servant
publisher
researcher
reviewer
school administrator
software developer
teacher
writing coach

Employers of MTSU alumni include

Alabama State University
Appalachian State University
C. S. Lewis Foundation (Oxford, England)
University of the Cumberlands
Ingram Books
Ingram Content Group
Judson College
Kennesaw State University
Lipscomb University
Metro-Nashville Public Schools
Michigan State University
Middle Tennessee State University
University of Montana
Motlow State Community College
University of North Alabama
Rutherford County Schools
Savannah State University
Tennessee State University
Tennessee Tech
Volunteer State Community College
Watkins College of Art and Design
Western Kentucky University

Master’s graduates are studying for doctorate degrees at a number of institutions including

Boston College
University of California at Santa Barbara
Georgia State University
Kent State University
University of Louisville
Southern Illinois University
SUNY-Albany
Texas Tech

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The dynamic Mass Communication master’s program has a slogan. A time to reflect, a time to advance. Whether the goal is to become a professor, conduct research, or enhance a media career, graduate studies can be tailored to suit each student’s needs. Read more
The dynamic Mass Communication master’s program has a slogan: A time to reflect, a time to advance. Whether the goal is to become a professor, conduct research, or enhance a media career, graduate studies can be tailored to suit each student’s needs. Master’s candidates can choose either a thesis or a professional project track whether for a traditional approach to scholarship or for working professionals seeking to further their careers. Within the thesis track, MTSU is one of the few universities that offers either a qualitative or quantitative focus. Members of the nationally and internationally recognized faculty have a wide range of professional and academic experience. Offerings include specializations in journalism, management, public relations, advertising, health communication, international communication, traditional/new media, and media law. Students are encouraged to think critically and develop creatively with support from peers, guidance from faculty, and resources for research and production. The relatively small size of graduate classes allows for individualized attention to students. Assistantships are available, as well as awards, fellowships, and other financial support.

The College of Media and Entertainment offers the Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Mass Communication, designed for students seeking an advanced degree in mass media theory and methods of research or for those wishing to advance in their professional field. The degree is appropriate for students who wish to become researchers or pursue a doctoral degree or for media professionals already in the field who seek a broader understanding of the field of mass communication and to develop research and management skills for decision-making in media-related businesses.

Career

The Mass Communication M.S. program has a successful placement record for students. The MTSU master’s degree also has a national reputation for preparing students for doctoral study at prestigious programs throughout the nation. Some potential professional careers include:

Advertising executive
Content manager
Designer account executive
Director of communication
Director of marketing
Director of management
Editor
Health care communication
Media expert
Professor
Public relations executive
Reporter
Researcher
Writer (professional/technical)

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Apple
Bohan Advertising
Bone McAllester Norton
Courthouse News Service
Dupuch Publications
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Emeril's Homebase
Jarrard, Phillips, Cate, & Hancock
Sherwin-Williams Paints
The Albany (N.Y.) Times-Union
The Tennessean
TNA Impact Wrestling
University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Illinois
Washington State University
WESTMARC

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The master's degree program in Sociology at MTSU effectively prepares graduates that intend to pursue further, doctoral-level academic study or seek employment in non-academic and applied settings in the public, private, and non-profit economic sectors. Read more
The master's degree program in Sociology at MTSU effectively prepares graduates that intend to pursue further, doctoral-level academic study or seek employment in non-academic and applied settings in the public, private, and non-profit economic sectors. With relatively small classes, a low student-faculty ratio, and ample funding opportunities, the program offers students quality interaction with award-winning faculty, along with opportunities to collaborate on presentation and publication of academic and applied research. Specialized training and experience are available in public/applied sociology, criminology/deviance, medical sociology, research methods, sex/gender, social gerontology, and work and organizations, among other areas. The program supports a large proportion of full- and part-time students, and offers competitive funding opportunities to support tuition, travel, and research.

Career

MTSU students on the academic track receive the research and theoretical training necessary to become successful doctoral students and have a high rate of acceptance at various doctoral programs. Students on the applied track have graduated to direct state agencies and multi-million dollar federal programs; serve as federal, state, and local investigators, researchers, and consultants; and coordinate or participate in a variety of university, non-profit, and social service programs. Potential professions, some of which may require additional training, include:

Attorney
College professor/high school teacher
Community developer
Consultant
Counselor
Criminologist
Demographer
Director of research
Gerontologist
Human resource manager
Policy analyst
Program director in social service agency
Program manager
Research analyst
Sociologist
Statistician
Survey researcher
Therapist
Urban planner

Employers of MTSU alumni include:

Centerstone Behavioral Health Services
Early Connections Network, Tennessee Voices for Children
Edvantia Educational Research
Forensic Institute for Research & Education
Nashville Metro Transit Authority
National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago
Populations Study Center, University of Michigan
Tennessee Housing Development Agency
US Department of Labor

Among universities admitting graduates for advanced degrees or hiring to fill positions are:

Bowling Green State University
Georgia State University
Florida State University
Jacksonville State University
North Carolina State University
Oklahoma State University
Tulane University
University of Baltimore School of Law
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of Iowa
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Northern Iowa
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California
University of Southern Illinois
University of Tennessee
University of Texas
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Vanderbilt University

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