GAANN Fellowship

The Master of Science in Professional Science Program at Middle Tennessee State University has received a major award from the U.S. Department of Education’s GAANN program to support MSPS students in Engineering Management.

Accepting Applications for Fall 2021 Semester

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What is GAANN?

The U.S. Department of Education’s Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program provides fellowships to assist graduate students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree in a field designated as an area of national need.

For more information about the GAANN program, see:

The general objectives of the Engineering Management GAANN fellowship program are to: 

  1. Grow the Engineering Management program with high quality and diverse students
  2. Increase recruitment efforts that will lead to the admission, retention, and graduation of underrepresented minority and female students
  3. Enhance the education of the GAANN recipients to expend the capacity for teaching and research in this area of national need at MTSU
  4. Produce graduates who can fill leadership and workforce positions in industry that require an understanding of business in Tennessee, the region, and the country.


  • Applicants chosen for this award must apply for and be admitted into the graduate program. (See admission requirements for Engineering Management, MS program
  • Applicants must be a US citizen or have a permanent resident status
  • Applicants should a serious student in good academic standing
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate financial need (FASFA to be filed and verified by student financial aid office)
  • Applicants must not hold a job or have an assistantship
  • The applicant is required to provide two letters of recommendation from persons who are well acquainted with the individual; avoid using instructors that have known you for less than a year. The recommender can be supervisors of past or present jobs, mentors, teachers, professors, coaches, scout leaders, or adult leaders of organizations


  • Financial aid – full tuition paid and stipend (upwards of $2,000 or more per month based on financial need-much more than a graduate teaching assistant)
  • Mentoring by GAANN committee
  • Teaching and mentoring
  • Research training and productivity
  • Social support from program and peers, such as MSPS Club and EVP
  • Academic assistance



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Dr. Saeed Foroudastan
Dr. Saeed Foroudastan, Ph.D.
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Director, MSPS
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For more information on our program, please make an appointment with Suzanne Hicks.

 Suzanne Hicks

Suzanne Hicks
MSPS Graduate Coordinator
Internships and Recruitment
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Lora Nethercutt
MSPS Executive Aid
Graduate Assistantships 
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Suzanne Hicks
MSPS Graduate Coordinator
Internships and Recruitment
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