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Graduate Admissions Requirements for MPS

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The minimum admission requirements are:

1)      A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.

2)      Satisfactory undergraduate grade point average, a minimum of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

And, applicants must meet one of the following conditions:

1)      3.0 grade point average in their undergraduate major course of study

2)      Combined score of 290 on the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections (new format), and a 3.5 on the analytical writing section.

3)      5 years professional work experience demonstrated through a portfolio.

The portfolio must include:

  • a resume
  • a 500- to 600-word essay detailing the reasons for wanting to enter the MPS program and discussing how the program will help the applicant achieve personal and professional goals
  • two sealed letters of professional reference
  • Additional items that may be included:
  • description of professional responsibilities
  • professional achievements
  • professional awards/recognitions 

Portfolio material must be submitted as a packet, not mailed separately.

Satisfying minimal standards, however, does not guarantee your admission. Admission decisions are based on departmental review, using a combination of factors, including an interview to evaluate dispositions for professionals in the chosen concentration.

Students may be admitted with provisional status if they do not meet all of the criteria above but do meet the minimum requirements of the graduate school and are approved for provisional status by the departmental admissions committee. Provisional status will limit students to a maximum of nine (9) hours before the departmental admissions committee makes a recommendation for full admission. To advance from provisional to full admission a student must earn a 3.0 GPA on the nine (9) semester hours of graduate study in the concentration and be approved by the departmental admissions committee.


International Applicants       

International applicants must also meet the English Language Requirement by providing a TOEFL - minimum IBT of 71 or an approved equivalent exam and equivalent scores.

International applicants with an IBT below 80 must complete 6 hours of grammar/reading/communication course work. The 6 hours are in addition to the 30 hours required for the Master’s degree. 

Special Note:  All International students who attend TTU, who are enrolled on the Department of Homeland Securities F-1 or J-1 visa status must complete all midterm and final exams in a proctored setting on the Tennessee Tech University campus in Cookeville, TN.

For more information and/or to apply, please contact the Tennessee Tech Graduate Admissions Office at 931-372-3233 or email

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