Middle Tennessee State University

1301 East Main Street, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

School Details

Located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Middle Tennessee State University began as Middle Tennessee State Normal School in 1911 as a training school for teachers. Today, the four-year public school has graduated more than 90,000 students and has grown from a 100-acre campus to a 500-acre campus.

MTSU offers certificates, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees. The school is made of eight undergraduate colleges with more than 40 departments and 140 degree programs and The College of Graduate Studies offers 12 degree programs. The Adult Degree Completion program is available for returning students with prior obligations to earn credit and complete their degree. Added learning opportunities at MTSU include professional development courses, ROTC (Army), teacher certification and licensure, and study abroad.

For the non-traditional student requiring greater flexibility, MTSU supports four undergraduate degrees, seven graduate degrees, and five hybrid degrees completely online. Prior to enrolling, out-of-state students will need to ensure that online degrees are accepted by their state of residence (state authorization varies by degree).
Online programs

  • B.S. in Liberal Studies
  • B.S. in Professional Studies
  • B.S. in Psychology
  • B.S. Completion Program for Registered Nurses (RN to BSN)
  • Master of Professional Studies
  • Master of Education (Advanced Studies in Teaching & Learning / Curriculum & Instruction / Administration & Supervision)
  • Education Specialist (Master’s)
  • Master of Science in Nursing

Hybrid programs

  • Bachelor of Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Education
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Business Education
  • Master of Social Work

Demographics at MTSU are as follows:

  • More than 25,000 students enrolled
  • About 900 faculty members
  • More than 80 percent of students study full-time
  • Females make up about 53 percent of the student body.
  • Caucasians account for approximately 68 percent of the student population and African-Americans make up about 20 percent.
  • More than 75 percent of students are under the age of 24 years old.
  • Overall graduation rate of 45 percent

Students can participate in Greek life, Student Government Association, spirit teams, clubs and organizations, student publications, campus recreation, Blue Raider athletics, and other special events on-campus. MTSU is a member of Conference USA and competes at the NCAA's highest level in 17 sports. MTSU teams include: men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men and women’s cross country, men and women’s golf, men’s football, women’s soccer, women’s softball, women’s volleyball, men and women’s tennis, and men and women’s track.

Middle Tennessee State University receives more than 9,000 applications per year and accepts about 67 percent of those students. About 81 percent of males who applied were accepted while only 55 percent of females were accepted. To apply, students need to complete the undergraduate application with a $25 non-refundable application fee, submit official ACT/SAT scores, and send in all official transcripts to the Admissions Office. MTSU admission requirements vary depending on the degree the student is seeking. Admission for first-time freshman is the most straightforward and requires the following:

  • A 3.0 GPA, or
  • Minimum composite ACT score of 22 (SAT of 1020), or
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA with an ACT score of 19 (SAT of 900)

Any students who do not make these requirements will be considered for admission by a review process, where students submit a personal statement form and a MTSU committee member will evaluate factors beyond the basic requirements.

Tuition varies by program and the number of enrolled credits. 

Students requiring financial assistance will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) by March 1 every year, school code 003510. Qualifying students may receive financial aid including: the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Tennessee State Assistance Award, scholarships, federal work study, Federal Direct Loan, Federal PLUS Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, private loans, and fee discounts and waivers.

Middle Tennessee State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


Select state authorization for online degree programs


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
  • Geographic Restrictions:

    Select state authorization for online degree programs

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