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Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need in order to apply for Graduate Admission?
What does it cost?
Should I submit a full application for admission or a readmission application?
I selected "pay later" when submitting my application for admission.  I am now ready to pay, how do I pay?
What is the address if I want to express mail/courier my application materials?
I have not yet taken the admissions test. May I still be admitted?
I have not taken the admissions test yet but I have been admitted in provisional standing. Are there any restrictions? 
I have taken the IELTS instead of the TOEFL exam. Will this be okay? 
I have taken my admissions test but did not make the required score. May I continue another semester?
How do I obtain information regarding the admissions tests?
How many letters of recommendation are required?
What is considered a full-time load for a graduate student?
What is considered a maximum load for a graduate student?
How can I be reclassified as an in-state student?
I live outside of Tennessee. Can I be classified as an in-state student?
What is the time limit allowed to complete a graduate degree?
My six years have expired. What do I do?
If I don't have a master's degree, can I apply for an Ed.S. Degree?
Aren't there some exceptions where I can go from bachelors to Ph.D. or Ed.S.?
If I have a fee waiver, do I have to pay the application fee?
I was an undergraduate at Tennessee Tech; do I still have to pay the application fee?
When I graduate, does the graduate office send something to my school or the state? 
Transfer GPA Policy as related to Graduate Students

What do I need in order to apply for Graduate Admission?

  • Apply online through Eagle Online
  • $35 ($40 for international students) nonrefundable application fee
  • Official college transcripts from ALL previously-attended institutions
  • Three letters of recommendation (only one required for MBA)
  • Satisfactory Test Scores

What does it cost?

  • Instate residents pay approximately $5,688 per semester for 9 hours 
  • Out-of-state students pay approximately $12,222 per semester for 9 hours
  • Additional fee information may be found at the Tennessee Tech Bursar website

Should I submit a full application for admission or a readmission application?

The same application is used for both regular admission and readmission.  If applying for readmission to the same major and degree program, please select the option of READMISSION when asked "I am applying for entry as a:" in the first field under the 'Planned Program of Study' section of the application.

I selected "pay later" when submitting my application for admission.  I am now ready to pay, how do I pay?

You will log back into your Self-Service Center application account to access the application fee invoice to pay online.

What is the address if I want to express mail/courier my application materials?

College of Graduate Studies 
Tennessee Tech University 
1 William L. Jones Drive, Room 306 
Cookeville, TN 38505

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I have not yet taken the admissions test. May I still be admitted?

You will need to submit the admissions test results prior to consideration of admission unless you qualify for a waiver.  Those majors and qualifications are:

  • Curriculum and Instruction--must meet Flight Path Requirements
  • Instructional Leadership--must meet Flight Path Requirements
  • Exercise Science, Physical Education and Wellness--undergraduate GPA must meet 3.75 minimum OR have passed the EdTPA and an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 minimum
  • Counseling and Psychology--must have been a Fast Track undergraduate student within the Department of Counseling and Psychology
  • Engineering--must have graduated with a bachelor's degree in engineering from Tennessee Tech
  • Master of Professional Studies--must have a minimum of 5 years professional work experience
  • Professional Science Masters--must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0

I have not taken the admissions test yet but I have been admitted in provisional standing. Are there any restrictions? 

If you are admitted in provisional standing pending test scores, you must take the test during your first semester of enrollment. You will not be permitted to register for a second semester until the scores have been received.

I have taken the IELTS instead of the TOEFL exam. Will this be okay? 

The Graduate School will accept the IELTS as a replacement for the TOEFL exam, as well as the PTE Academic and ELS (Level 112).

I have taken my admissions test but did not make the required score. May I continue another semester?

You must successfully complete the test during your first semester. You will not be permitted to register a second term until that requirement has been satisfied.

How do I obtain information regarding the admissions tests?

The MAT is given on-campus at the College of Education Testing Center; to find out more and to register, visit their website Testing Center or visit the www.milleranalogies.com website for other testing sites. Students needing to take the GRE, GMAT, IELTS, or TOEFL may go to  the respective test information website to register for a convenient test location.

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How many letters of recommendation are required?

Most majors require 3, except the M.B.A., which only requires 1.  The M.Acc. program does not require any.  The MSN requires an academic letter of recommendation from a previous nursing faculty, a supervisor's letter of recommendation, as well as a professional letter of recommendation.

What is considered a full-time load for a graduate student?

9 hours = Full-time Fall and Spring Semester 
6 hours = Full-time Summer Semester

NOTE:  Graduate Assistants are considered full-time with 6 hours in fall and spring semesters and 1 hour in the summer semester.

What is considered a maximum load for a graduate student?

16 hours = Any Semester

How can I be reclassified as an in-state student?

You need to provide adequate information to warrant a review of residency status. Usually this is in the form of a letter from your employer indicating that you are working full-time (30 hours per week or more) in Tennessee. If approved, the student may register for up to 7 hours per term at in-state rates while establishing permanent residency.

I live outside of Tennessee. Can I be classified as an in-state student?

No, we do not offer that option any more. Please see the Bursars Office for our out of state rates.

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What is the time limit allowed to complete a graduate degree?

Master's and Ed.S. students must complete all degree requirements within a period of six consecutive years. Doctoral programs must be completed within a period of eight consecutive years.

My six years have expired. What do I do?

Contact your academic advisor.

If I don't have a master's degree, can I apply for an Ed.S. Degree?

No. The master's degree is a prerequisite for the Ed.S. program.

Aren't there some exceptions where I can go from bachelors to Ph.D. or Ed.S.?

You can never go to Ed.S. without a master's. The Ph.D. programs do not require a master's as a prerequisite.

If I have a fee waiver, do I have to pay the application fee?

If you have previously attended Tennessee Tech as a graduate student, you would not have to pay it. However, if you haven't been a Tennessee Tech graduate student, then the fee is required.

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I was an undergraduate at Tennessee Tech; do I still have to pay the application fee?

Yes. This fee must be paid at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

When I graduate, does the graduate office send something to my school or the state? 

The student must request a transcript be sent. You do that through the Records Office.

Transfer GPA Policy as related to Graduate Students

Tennessee Tech may accept transfer credit from other accredited institutions.  The program that you are applying to will determine the graduate level courses that they are willing to transfer into your program of study.  It is important to note that the grades earned in those courses are not used in the calculation of a student’s overall cumulative GPA.  Only courses with a B or better will be considered as acceptable potential transfer credit.

Your transcript will display 8 specific GPA calculations; however, for most purposes you will be interested in only 2 of those:(1) Overall GPA and (2) Inclusive Combined GPA. The Overall GPA will not include the grades earned in transfer courses but the Inclusive Combined GPA include the grades earned in transfer courses.

Note: Grades in transfer courses will show on your Tennessee Tech transcript with a leading T. For example a grade of A will transfer to Tennessee Tech as a TA, a grade of B as a TB, a grade of C as a TC, etc.

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