ETSU inaugurates ‘ETSU Fast Track Master’s’ program

A graduate degree has become more affordable and attainable for undergraduates at East Tennessee State University.

Starting this fall, all qualifying undergraduate students enrolled at ETSU can apply through the “ETSU Fast Track Master’s” program to take graduate courses at undergraduate tuition rates and apply those graduate hours toward both their undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

“We are excited to offer this new program for students who currently attend and those who choose ETSU in the future,” stated Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Bert Bach.

ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland concurred, adding, “ETSU strives to offer world-class opportunities for our students, and this innovative program will help students—from Johnson City to Jacksonville, Jonesborough to Johannesburg—achieve their educational and professional goals.”

The “ETSU Fast Track Master’s” requires qualifying ETSU undergraduates who have completed 75 undergraduate credits to work with undergraduate advisers and graduate faculty to apply to the Fast Track program. Upon admission, the student works with faculty to enroll in up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework that can then be applied toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

“I am excited that this program keeps ETSU at the cutting edge of what experts agree are the best practices for graduate education in the United States,” stated School of Graduate Studies Dean Dr. Cecilia McIntosh. “I am perhaps even more excited as a biochemist, as I see this program working to provide a more extensive and productive research experience for science students in my laboratory.”

Individuals who are not currently enrolled at ETSU but who are interested in taking advantage of the program should contact admissions counselors in ETSU’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Undergraduates already attending ETSU should contact their undergraduate advising specialist or a faculty mentor within their chosen area of study.

For more information, call 423-439-4213 or toll free 800-GO2-ETSU (800-462-3878) or contact


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