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College of Graduate Studies

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. 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 are required to meet admissions criteria established by the Graduate College in order to enroll in graduate courses. The following are the minimum admissions criteria defined by the university:

    ·All degree holders must have earned a minimum of 2.5 out of a possible 4.0 GPA upon completion of the baccalaureate degree.(This is a minimum and several programs do require a higher GPA requirement.)

    ·Graduate Entrance Exam Test Scores.The College of Graduate Studies requires successful attainment of GRE, GMAT, or MAT test scores.Each individual program defines the required test(s) and minimum test scores for admission to the degree program.Refer to the Graduate Catalog for the entrance exam requirements.

    ·Language Proficiency Exams.The College of Graduate Studies requires that applicants whose native language is not English must submit test scores from an approved English Language Exam/Program (TOEFL, PTE-Academic, IELTS, FLS, ELS, TOEIC, CEFR, SLEP). To be fully admitted, applicants must submit a minimum score of 525 on the paper-based TOEFL; 71 on the TOEFL iBT, 48 on the PTE-Academic, 6.0 on the IELTS, Level 8 on the FLS, Level 112 on the ELS, 690 on the TOEIC, Band B-1 on the CEFR, and 55 on the SLEP.In addition to minimum requirements established by the Graduate College, several graduate degree programs require a higher Language Score.Please refer to the individual program websites or catalog pages for detailed language score requirements.

    ·Letters of Recommendation.All graduate degree programs require one to three letters of recommendation to accompany the admissions application.Refer to the individual degree program website or Graduate Catalog for specific letter of recommendation requirements.

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.

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.

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.