Admission to the College of Graduate Studies is open to anyone holding a bachelor's or master's degree from an accredited college or university (for a list of accrediting agencies recognized, refer to the U.S. Department of Education website).  A foreign degree must be equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's degree and must be accredited by its regional or national accreditation agency or Ministry of Higher Education. Applicants should have completed undergraduate or graduate work of sufficient quality and scope to enable them to successfully pursue graduate study. Tennessee Tech University offers equal educational opportunity to all persons, without regard to race, religion, sex, age, creed, color, national origin, or disability.

Students are admitted to Tennessee Tech University through a cooperative effort of the Graduate College and the departments, colleges, and schools of the University. When the Graduate College receives the student's application material, an official file is established. The department then reviews the application file and makes a recommendation to the Graduate College. The Graduate College notifies applicants as soon as a decision has been reached.

Applicants must submit the following for admissions consideration:

  • An application for admission.

  • Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate credit from all institutions attended.

  • Letters of recommendation from persons acquainted with the applicant's scholastic and professional accomplishments. The individual department will determine the requirements for letters of recommendation.

  • Graduate admissions test scores.  The individual major department or division will determine the minimum test score requirement for admission and readmission, subject to approval by the respective college-level committees, college dean, and the Graduate Studies Executive Committee.

  • All graduate applications must be accompanied by a one-time non-refundable graduate application fee ($35.00 for domestic applicants; $40.00 for international applicants). Applications received without the application fee will not be processed.

  • Any other applicable requirement required by the major department or division to which the applicant is applying.

An applicant who was previously enrolled in a graduate degree program but had a break in enrollment, excluding the summer term, must reapply.

All application materials become the property of Tennessee Tech and will not be returned to the applicant regardless of whether admission is approved or denied.

In order to be admitted to a degree program in any academic unit, applicants are also required to meet any additional standards set by the department, school, or college. Applicants are selected on a competitive basis and, therefore, admission is not granted to all applicants who meet only the minimum requirements. In addition, academic programs may have additional requirements such as portfolios, proficiency examinations, professional licensing, etc.

Individual program requirements are described in the Tennessee Tech University Graduate Catalog and on department websites.  Requirements are subject to change. The Graduate College no longer accepts hard-copy (paper) applications. Please visit the Graduate College web site for detailed program admission requirements, deadlines, and to begin the on-line application process.

Additional Admissions Requirements for International Students:

In addition to the requirements stated above, international students must submit sufficient proof, as determined by Tennessee Tech, of adequate training and ability in the use of English as evidenced by a satisfactory score on recognized and acceptable tests.  Acceptable test scores are defined under the admissions international student tab in this catalog.

Tennessee Tech will prepare Form I-20 for those admitted students seeking to apply for F-1 visa and DS2019 for those admitted students seeking to apply for a J-1 visa.

Enrollment in a program is contingent on the student receiving an appropriate visa.

All credentials become the property of the University and will not be forwarded or returned. If the applicant does not enroll, credentials will be maintained in active files for 1 year, after which they will be destroyed. After that time, candidates must reapply for admission and submit a new set of credentials if they wish to be admitted to the Graduate College. Students who do not enroll for a Fall or Spring semester must apply for readmission.

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