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APSU graduate student enrollment has climbed steadily since 2004

Of the six universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents system, Austin Peay State University showed the greatest increase in graduate student enrollment from 2004-08 – largely due to APSU launching new graduate degree programs in that five-year span.

Six new graduate programs – Master of Science in Management, Master of Arts in military history, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Professional Studies and Master of Social Work – have helped APSU to set the five-year trend in graduate enrollment.
Of the six universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents system, Austin Peay State University showed the greatest increase in graduate student enrollment from 2004-08 — largely due to APSU launching new graduate degree programs in that five-year span.

Six new graduate programs — Master of Science in Management, Master of Arts in military history, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Professional Studies and Master of Social Work — have helped APSU to set the five-year trend in graduate enrollment.

“This expanded range of graduate programs was developed and implemented to meet critical needs in our region and serve students seeking professional and career advancement,” said Dr. Charles Pinder, dean and professor in the APSU College of Graduate Studies. “These programs offer courses with greater flexibility in how to take them and are fueling sizable enrollment growth.”

In the past five years, APSU recorded a 52.8 percent jump in the number of students enrolled at the graduate level, according to information gathered from institutional research offices at the TBR universities.

APSU's growth also largely surpasses the five-year change in the University of Tennessee System, based on information from Pinder. All three UT campuses — Knoxville, Chattanooga and Martin — have reported gains in graduate student enrollment, with Chattanooga having the greatest increase of 15.8 percent in the same reporting period.

Each year since 2004, APSU has observed an upward trend. In 2004, there were 542 graduate students enrolled; 597 in 2005; 740 in 2006; 753 in 2007; and 828 in 2008. The five-year average graduate enrollment at APSU is 692.

Across the TBR system, Middle Tennessee State University had the next greatest five-year change of 28.6 percent. For the same period, Tennessee Technological University recorded an 18.2 percent increase and East Tennessee State University had a 9.7 percent change.

The other two TBR universities showed declines in graduate student enrollment. Tennessee State University had a decline of 1.1 percent from 2004-08, and the University of Memphis had a 7.2 percent drop.

The College of Graduate Studies at APSU offers nine graduate credentials: Education Specialist, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Music, Master of Professional Studies, Master of Science, Master of Science in Nursing and Master of Social Work.

For more information about graduate studies at APSU, call (931) 221-7414 or toll-free at 800-859-4723. -- Melony Shemberger