Mission of the Graduate Studies Program

The mission of the Graduate Studies Program at is to provide programs that augment academic preparation for those individuals who have or may assume positions of leadership in their chosen professions. The graduate programs promote academic integrity and encourage scholarly pursuits that are designed to enhance professional performance. These programs have been developed to improve business and community leadership, professionalism, and public service in the region.

Three graduate programs currently exist at Cumberland University. They are as follows: The Master of Arts in Education (MAE), the Master of Business Administration (MBA), the Master of Science in Public Service Management (MSP), and the Master of Arts in Fine Arts (MA).

The Graduate Studies Program is an extension of ’s to provide opportunities for advanced study in traditional and emerging fields within a liberal arts environment and has been designed after careful study and thoughtful reflection of the needs of our graduates and the community. The program seeks to challenge the individual student in such a way that he/she can realize personal, intellectual, and career ambitions and gain skills from which the society-at-large can directly benefit.

The Master of Arts in Education degree program was instituted in 1987 and the first class was graduated in 1989. 

The Master of Business Administration degree program was initiated in 1995 and the first class graduated in 1997. 

The Master of Science in Public Service Management was established in 1996 and the first class graduated in 1998. 

The Master of Arts in Fine Arts was established in 2010.

Enrollment in the graduate programs is limited. Each applicant should consult with the Program Director for each degree to ensure that the programs of study offered are suitable to the vocational goals and needs of the student.