Academic Advising

Mission Statement

The mission of the MTSU academic advising process is to provide a quality, student-centered environment that promotes intellectual growth. This process is dedicated to fostering a collaborative and mentoring relationship among advisors, students and the university community. Students are encouraged to think logically, critically and creatively in order to assume ownership of their lifelong educational goals. Advisors guide students through a variety of support services that enable them to make a successful and holistic transition in the MTSU and global community.

Objective: To understand university, college and degree program policies and requirements.

Need to meet with an advisor?

Undecided majors will be advised by the advising staff from University College until solidifying a major of choice.

When students declare a major, the major department will assign a faculty advisor. Students may view their assigned advisor including contact information in their Pipeline/RaiderNet account. In the event that faculty advisors have not been assigned or are not available, students may also contact the college of their major to speak with a college advisor. Click on the college listed below to be directed to the college advising website for contact information.

College of Basic and Applied Sciences

  • Aerospace
  • Agribusiness Agriscience
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Concrete Industry Management
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering Technology
  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Military Science
  • Physics 

College of Business (Jennings A. Jones College of Business)

  • Accounting
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Economics & Finance
    • Economics
    • Finance - Business Finance
    • Finance - Financial Institution Management
    • Finance - Insurance
    • Finance - Real Estate
  • Management
    • Business Administration
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Management
  • Marketing
    • Business Education – Teaching
    • Business Education – Non-Teaching (Corporate Communication Technology option)
    • Marketing

College of Education

  • Early Childhood Education (Pre K-3)
  • Special Education K-12 (Comprehensive & Modified)
  • 4-8 (Science, Social Studies, Math, English)
  • Interdisciplinary Studies K-5
  • Students wishing to teach grades 7-12 should major in the teaching discipline with a Secondary Education minor from Educational Leadership

College of Behavioral and Health Sciences

Schedule advising appointments at

  • Criminal Justice Administration - Concentrations in Law Enforcement and Homeland Security
  • Health and Human Performance
    • Athletic Training
    • Communication Disorders
    • Exercise Science
    • Community and Public Health
    • Physical Education K-12
    • Leisure, Sport, and Tourism Studies
  • Human Sciences
    • Family & Consumer Studies - Concentrations in Family & Consumer Science Education and Child Development & Family Studies
    • Interior Design
    • Nutrition and Food Science - Dietetics
    • Textiles, Merchandising, and Design - Concentrations in Apparel Design and Fashion Merchandising
  • School of Nursing
  • Social Work
  • Psychology - Concentrations in Pre-graduate Psychology and Industrial/Organizational Psychology

College of Liberal Arts

  • Art
  • English
  • Communication Studies and Organizational Communication
  • Foreign Language and Literatures (French, German, Japanese, & Spanish)
  • Global Studies and Human Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Sociology & Anthropology
  • Theatre & Dance

College of Media and Entertainment

Media Arts
  • Animation
  • Digital Media Communication
  • Interactive Media
  • Media Management
  • Photography 
  • Video and Film Production
  • Advertising/Public Relations
  • Journalism
  • Visual Communication
Recording Industry
  • Audio Production
  • Commercial Songwriting
  • Music Business

University College

  • Liberal Studies
  • University Studies
  • Professional Studies majors
  • Undecided Majors

Students with questions regarding the Honors program should also contact the Honors College.

  • Buchanan Fellowships for incoming freshmen
  • Transfer Fellowships
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Information for current MTSU Honors students
  • National Fellowships such as the Fulbright and Goldwater

What takes place during an advising session? How should I prepare?

Expectations of Students

  • Schedule regular appointments with faculty and/or college advisor.
  • Review major/program policies and requirements using the MTSU Undergraduate Catalog and make a list of questions and concerns.
  • Clarify personal values and goals; follow through and accept responsibility for academic decisions and performance.
  • Keep a record or file of your academic progress and goals and bring it to scheduled appointments.

Advisor Responsibilities

  • Possess an understanding of university/college/program requirements in order to effectively communicate those requirements to others.
  • Provide a teaching/learning environment for students to share thoughts, aspirations, concerns and interests.
  • Encourage and guide students to define and develop realistic educational goals.
  • Assist students with making course selection and career-related decisions; make referrals when appropriate.

Academic Advising Timeline

Year 1:

Year 2:

Year 3:

  • Begin upper-division courses (3000-4999 level)
  • Research career options and graduate programs
  • File intent to graduate and upper division form with advisor (three semesters remaining)

Year 4

  • Finalize career/postgraduate plans
  • Take graduate exams (LSAT, GRE, MCAT, GMAT)
  • Complete appropriate exit exams (graduating semester) - see the Major Field Test (MFT) and the General Education Exam