HBCUs in Tennessee: The Best Online Degree Programs at HBCUs

Best Online Degree Programs at HBCUs in Tennessee

At Best Online HBCUs, we provide comprehensive, unbiased information of the best online undergraduate and graduate degree programs at HBCUs across the United States and HBCUs in Tennessee. Tennessee has 88 degree-granting institutions. The state is home to 10 public, 4-year institutions, 13 public, 2-year institutions, 43 private non-profit, 4-year institutions, 3 private non-profit, 2-year institutions, 10 private for-profit, 4-year institutions, and 9 private for-profit, 2-year institutions. There were 273,722 undergraduate students enrolled in associate's and bachelor's degrees, and 48,393 students enrolled in master's and doctoral degrees in fall 2018.

Of the 88 institutions, 6 are HBCUs. These 6 institutions enrolled 11,622 students: 9,104 in undergraduate programs and 2,518 in graduate programs. All of the Tennessee HBCUs are listed below. Take your time to discover more about each institution and what they can offer for your career objectives. Since we are focused on distance education, we have provided more details about the best online degree programs at those institutions.

American Baptist College

Online Degree Programs

There are currently no online programs listed for American Baptist College

American Baptist College formally opened its doors for the training of Christian workers under the name of the American Baptist Theological Seminary on September 14, 1924.

The College has educated Civil Rights champions, national leaders and outstanding Christian ministers. The school’s history during the 1960’s and 1970’s was lively with cultivating civil rights champions, national leaders and outstanding Christian ministers.

Private Non-Profit, 4-Year

Sector

123

 Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Graduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Graduate Enrollments

Fisk University

Online Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Elective Studies – Human Development and Leadership

In 1865, barely six months after the end of the Civil War and just two years after the Emancipation Proclamation, three men — John Ogden, the Reverend Erastus Milo Cravath, and the Reverend Edward P. Smith — established the Fisk School, now Fisk University, in Nashville, one of six HBCUs in Tennessee.

The school was named in honor of General Clinton B. Fisk of the Tennessee Freedmen’s Bureau, who provided the new institution with facilities in former Union Army barracks near the present site of Nashville’s Union Station. In these facilities Fisk convened its first classes on January 9, 1866. The first students ranged in age from seven to seventy, but shared common experiences of slavery and poverty — and an extraordinary thirst for learning.

Private Non-Profit, 4-Year

Sector

743

 Undergraduate Enrollments

37

Graduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Graduate Enrollments

Lane College

Online Degree Programs

There are currently no online programs listed for Lane College

In 1882, one of the nation’s early black church denominations founded what has since evolved into Lane College. Now referred to as The Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church, the organization was originally named the Colored Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church in America when it formed in 1870. Among its top priorities was the establishment of schools to educate the newly freed negroes following the Civil War.

Private Non-Profit, 4-Year

Sector

1,232

 Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Graduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Graduate Enrollments

LeMoyne-Owen College

Online Degree Programs

There are currently no online programs listed for LeMoyne-Owen College

LeMoyne-Owen College is a survivor — transcending the eras of race riots, yellow fever epidemics, Jim Crow laws and segregation in Memphis. We have stood the test of time and inspired countless students to change their lives.

Today, we are Memphis’ only historically black college. We stand prepared to continue our legacy and mission of educating and developing leaders.

Private Non-Profit, 4-Year

Sector

885

 Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Graduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Graduate Enrollments

Meharry Medical College

Online Degree Programs

There are currently no online programs listed for Meharry Medical College

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Meharry Medical College is one of the nation’s oldest and largest historically black academic health science centers dedicated to educating physicians, dentists, researchers, and health policy experts.

Founded in 1876 as the Medical Department of Central Tennessee College, Meharry was the first medical school in the South for African Americans. It was chartered separately in 1915.

Private Non-Profit, 4-Year

Sector

N/A

 Undergraduate Enrollments

828

Graduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

N/A

Online Graduate Enrollments

Tennessee State University

Online Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies

Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies in: Health Administration; Information Technology; International Organizational Leadership; or Organizational Leadership

Bachelor of Science in Sociology

Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Bachelor of Science in Urban Studies

Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership or  Pre K-12 Administration

Education Specialist in Instructional Leadership

Master of Education  in Curriculum and Instruction

Master of Education in Instructional Leadership

Master of Education in Special Education (K-8)

Master of Public Health

Master of Science in Speech and Hearing Sciences

Master of Science in Nursing 

Master of Professional Studies

Master of Public Administration

In 1909, the Tennessee State General Assembly created three normal schools, including the Agricultural and Industrial Normal School, which would grow to become Tennessee State University, one of six HBCUs in Tennessee. The first 247 students began their academic careers on June 19, 1912. The school gained the capacity to grant bachelor’s degrees in 1922, reflecting its new status as a four-year teachers’ college. By 1924, the college became known as the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal College and the first degrees were awarded. In 1927, “Normal” was dropped from the name. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s, the college grew in scope and stature under the charge “Enter to learn; go forth to serve.”

Under the name Tennessee Agricultural & Industrial State University, the institution achieved full land-grant university status in August 1958. The Land-Grant University Program included the School of Agriculture & Home Economics, the Graduate School, the Division of Extension and Continuing Education, and the Department of Aerospace Studies. The School of Allied Health Professions and the School of Business were created in 1974, and the School of Nursing was established in 1979.

Public, 4-Year

Sector

6,121

 Undergraduate Enrollments

1,653

Graduate Enrollments

197

Online Undergraduate Enrollments

241

Online Graduate Enrollments

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