Interdisciplinary PhD in Molecular Biosciences

About MTSU

BAS CourtyardMiddle Tennessee State University is a Carnegie Doctoral Research University with over 25,000 students located 30 miles southeast of Nashville in Murfreesboro. The university is part of the Tennessee Board of Regents System, which is the sixth largest university system in the USA. MTSU is the fastest growing university in the state. Currently, we are the largest undergraduate university and second largest university in overall headcount in Tennessee.

The university offers baccalaureate and graduate programs in the following colleges:

  • Basic and Applied Sciences
  • Business
  • Education and Behavioral Science
  • Graduate Studies
  • Continuing Education & Distance Learning
  • Liberal Arts
  • Mass Communication
  • University Honors

MTSU is truly a university on the move and is experiencing dynamic growth. We currently have over $400 million in capital construction projects, either under construction or in the planning stages, including a new student union building, a new building for the College of Education, and a new 257,000 ft 2 science building. In the past five years, MTSU has added a new building for our Honors College, a new recreation center, and has significantly upgraded our baseball facilities.

Since 2001, MTSU has developed eight Ph.D. degree programs and has increased the total amount of extramural funding from about $4 million to almost $40 million. The University has several niche programs that bring us special distinction. For example, our Aerospace Department is ranked in the top five aviation and air traffic controller programs in the USA. We have our own airport and the second most number of airplanes of any university in the USA. We are in the process of purchasing a 360° air traffic control simulator and will be the only university in the USA to have this equipment for training air traffic controllers. We also have unique programs with national reputations in Concrete Industry Management and in Recording Industry Management.

The science Ph.D. programs are housed in the College of Basic and Applied Sciences (CBAS), which has 220 faculty and over 6,000 students across 10 academic departments. Five of the CBAS departments (Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Computer Science) are collaborating with the faculty from the College of Education to offer the three interdisciplinary Ph.D. programs:  Molecular Biosciences, Computational Science, and Mathematics and Science Education.