Skip to Main Content
Navigated to Graduate Courses.
  • 5000-5990 Graduate Level

  • 6000-6990 Graduate

  • 7000-7990 Advanced Graduate
    (Restricted to Graduate Students)

Graduate courses are numbered at the 5000, 6000, and 7000 levels and are offered in the College of Agriculture and Human Ecology, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering, and College of Interdisciplinary Studies. These courses are described on the following pages and are listed by departments. Numerous senior level courses are permitted for graduate credit when offered dually as 4000 (5000) and taken at the 5000 level.

A graduate student may be permitted to register for any course which appears in the Schedule of Classes; however, only those courses taken at the 5000, 6000, and 7000 levels may be counted for graduate credit.

Courses which are dually numbered, i.e., 4000 (5000), are essentially undergraduate courses in which graduate students may earn graduate credit on the basis of required additional work defined by the instructor in the course syllabus. Graduate credit will not be given for a course numbered at the 4000 level or below. A course taken at the 4000 level may not be taken later at the 5000 level without special permission from the departmental chairperson, college dean, and the Dean of Graduate Studies.

At least 70% of the Graduate Course credit to be counted toward a master's degree must be at the 6000 level or above (with the exception of those programs that fall under state-wide numbering schemes, specifically TNeCampus, MPS, MSN, and DNP 5000 level courses.)

At least 15 Graduate Credit Hours must be taken at the 7000 level for a specialist degree, unless written approval is granted by the graduate student's advisory committee, department chair, and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

No Graduate Course below 6000 level will be counted toward a specialist degree unless written approval is granted by the graduate student's advisory committee, department chair, and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.

A non-degree graduate student subsequently admitted into a graduate program may use up to nine (9) previously earned graduate Credit Hours toward the graduate program, upon approval from the graduate student's advisory committee.

All graduate coursework is part of the graduate transcript and all grades earned are part of the cumulative GPA.  This applies to all Graduate Courses completed, even if the Graduate Courses are not part of the degree requirements.

A graduate student must achieve a Grade of at least "C" on all Graduate Courses taken, including those taken for non-degree purposes, Background Courses, Mandatory or Pre-requisite courses, licensure, certification, endorsement or personal enrichment.

A graduate student must achieve a Grade of at least "C" on all undergraduate courses listed on the Program of Study.  All courses will appear at each respective Academic Course Level on the graduate student's transcript.

The University reserves the right to change course numbers and course descriptions after the date of publication of the catalog, or to decline to offer the course as described when circumstances warrant such action.

Tennessee Tech will grant credit toward a graduate program for any Graduate Course in which a graduate student earns a Grade of A, B, C, S, or SP toward the final approved Program of Study, unless otherwise required by a specific program.  Tennessee Tech, however, will not accept more than six (6) Credit Hours of "C" earned toward any graduate program.

A graduate student may appeal an assigned Grade through Tennessee Tech Policy 218 (Grade Appeals Policy).