Cumberland University


To be admitted to the Master of Public Service Management (MSP) degree program of Cumberland University, the applicant must (1) be the holder of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university; (2) complete an application form; (3) submit transcripts of all previously completed college or university work; (4) submit satisfactory scores on the Miller Analogies Test [MAT]; (5) provide three [3] confidential recommendations (forms provided); (6) participate in an on-campus interview with the (MSP) Admissions Committee; and (7) attend an orientation session.

Completed application forms should be returned at least twenty (20) days prior to the beginning of the term in which the applicant expects to enroll.  All materials, completed forms, transcripts, and test scores, along with a $50.00 non-refundable Application Fee, should be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions, Cumberland University, One Cumberland Square, Lebanon, Tennessee 37087-3408.  All materials become the property of Cumberland University and will not be returned.

Should an applicant choose not to enter the (MSP) degree program in the term indicated on the application, notification should be given to the Office of Graduate Admissions of the change in educational plans and the new date of desired entry if applicable.   Otherwise, the original admission will be cancelled and the file discontinued.  A new application may be required for admission at a later date.

MSP: Master of Public Service Management Application

Transfer Credit

The (MSP) degree program is designed to be a “lock-step” experience (students take the exact same courses and progress together as a group).  No previously completed graduate course work will be accepted in this program.

Application Fee

A $50.00 non-refundable Application Fee is required of all (MSP) graduate student applicants.

MAT-Test and Fee

The applicant is required to complete the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) as a part of the (MSP) application process.  This one hundred twenty (120) question instrument contains analogies in each of nine (9) categories, including language usage, mathematics, physical sciences, biological  sciences, social sciences, history, literature and philosophy, fine arts, and general information.  The cost for taking the MAT, through Cumberland University, is $65.00.  The application fee is $50.  For specific testing dates, contact the (MSP) Program Advisor.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Students applying for the (MSP) degree program must have been awarded an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Proof of Immunizations.


Three (3) weeks prior to the beginning of each term, a student may obtain a Class Schedule (Timetable) from the Office of the University Registrar or from the (MSP) Program Advisor.  (MSP) students will be able to complete the pre-registration process with their advisor at a teaching location in Nashville-Davidson County.  Payment of tuition and fees may be done in person or on-line.

Required Orientation Seminar

Students enrolled in the (MSP) degree program will have a required orientation, information, and overview session prior to the beginning of the term of enrollment.