Graduate certificate programs provide advanced study beyond the baccalaureate degree and are intended as both professional development and as an intermediate step towards a desired graduate degree. Middle Tennessee State University offers graduate certificates in Archival Management, College and University Teaching, Family Nurse Practitioner, Gerontology, Health Care Management, Heritage Studies, Historic Preservation, Museum Management, United States Culture and Education, and Women’s and Gender Studies. The Gerontology, Health Care Management, and United States Culture and Education certificates are interdisciplinary programs involving courses and faculty in multiple MTSU departments. The certificate in United States Culture and Education is open only to international students.
Prospective students should apply to the College of Graduate Studies. Once a student is admitted to the college, his or her application is transmitted to the director of the individual certificate program for admission consideration. For admission to the interdisciplinary graduate certificate programs in Gerontology and Health Care Management, students must possess a bachelor’s degree with an undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale) and are required to submit a letter demonstrating their interest, detailing prior field experience, and outlining career goals and aspirations.
Students enrolled in the certificate program must comply with existing policies applicable to all graduate programs at MTSU. The time limit for use of credit toward the certificate is six years from the date of enrollment in the earliest course applied toward the certificate, including transferred courses. Students must maintain a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.00 in courses leading to the certificate. Students may transfer up to six (6) credit hours of approved coursework into the certificate program.
Interdisciplinary Certificate Programs