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School of Graduate Studies

The Graduate School

The School of Graduate Studies has enjoyed more than 60 years of leadership in Tennessee and in the South, producing quality graduates who go on to serve their communities and employers as well-trained professionals. Since 1949, when the State Board of Education authorized East Tennessee State College to offer graduate instruction, the Graduate School has grown from one Master of Arts degree in education to over 60 majors and concentrations resulting in more than 120 different program choices across 11 schools and colleges.

The University

Founded in 1911, East Tennessee State University is one of six state colleges governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents. With approximately 15,000 students, ETSU is large enough to offer many choices in programs and activities, but small enough to avoid the intimidating and impersonal atmosphere of a larger university. East Tennessee State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the ETSU's accreditation.


Johnson City is located a short drive from the state lines of North Carolina and Virginia, and just a little farther from Kentucky, South Carolina, and West Virginia. Situated just a couple of miles off interstate 26 and just a few more from Interstate 81, ETSU is easily accessible by automobile. Tri-Cities Regional Airport, a full-service facility served by Allegiant Air, Delta Connection, and US Airways Express, is about a 20-minute drive from campus. The broader Tri-Cities region offers a diverse number of attractions which include an array of historical sites, Boone and Watauga Lakes, two symphony orchestras, the International Storytelling Center, NASCAR racing at Bristol Motor Speedway, and numerous hiking and water sports opportunities. With a population of approximately 65,000, Johnson City provides students an affordable standard of living with safe streets and thriving neighborhood communities in urban, suburban, and rural settings.

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