Apply to the College of Graduate Studies!

Ready to pursue the graduate degree you’ve been thinking about? Your journey as a Golden Eagle starts here!


Degree Program Applicants

Non-Degree Applicants

International Applicants



Application Checklist

Once you have submitted your application, you will need to submit the following items in order for your application to be considered for admission:

    • $35 application fee
    • $40 application fee for international applicants
    • Transcripts
Additional Requirements for Certain Programs

Some programs may have additional requirements, such as test scores or other materials. Be sure to check the admission requirements for admission as well as for your chosen program.

*Note:  Counseling and Psychology programs have the following Admissions Deadlines:
Fall Entry only. Applicants must apply by December 1 of the prior year. Interviews are conducted in February and March followed by an April 15 admission decision.

Admission Requirements by Program:
Tennessee Education Lottery Scholarship Program (TELS) Recipients

The Tennessee HOPE Scholarship Program provides scholarship and grant assistance to Tennesseans attending eligible Tennessee colleges. 

Effective Fall 2023, any TELS eligible student who graduates with their baccalaureate degree from an eligible Tennessee college/university on-or-after July 1, 2023 AND has not reached the maximum 5 year TELS program completion limit AND immediately enrolls in an eligible advanced degree program (i.e. Masters or Doctoral) the semester after receiving baccalaureate degree MAY be eligible to receive TELS funds while working on an advanced degree program (i.e. Masters or Doctoral). Contact Financial Aid immediately to find out if you are eligible for this exciting opportunity to receive the HOPE scholarship for your graduate degree.

Application Deadlines

Summer 2024*
Application Document Submissions Readmission Application
May 1, 2024 May 15, 2024 May 1, 2024
Fall 2024*
Application Document Submissions Readmission Application
July 1, 2024 August 1, 2024 August 1, 2024
Spring 2025*
Application Document Submissions Readmission Application
November 1, 2024 December 15, 2024 December 1, 2024

International Application Deadlines

Summer 2024
Application Document Submissions
February 1, 2024 March 1, 2024
Fall 2024
Application Document Submissions
May 1, 2024 June 1, 2024
Spring 2025
Application Document Submissions
October 1, 2024 November 1, 2024

Applying to Graduate School

Step 1: Apply Online

Fill out our online application and submit your application fee of $35 ($40 for international students). 

Step 2: Submit Your Documents

Be sure to submit any required documentation for your program! You can submit your documents through the online application portal or email them to (PDFs are preferred). If you are an international student, additional documents will be requiredAttention In-State Applicants. Take a picture of your TN driver's license and upload it into your application at the time of submission - this will speed up the processing time.

Step 3: Request Official Transcripts and Test Scores

You are required to send official test scores and transcripts from ALL institutions you have attended after high school (this includes community colleges offering dual credit). These test scores and transcripts must be requested from the institutions themselves and mailed to Graduate Admissions directly; you can typically request these documents online.

Test scores and transcripts submitted by the student are considered unofficial; however, you can upload unofficial copies of your test scores and transcripts in the application portal so that Graduate Admissions can begin processing your application while we await the official copies! Be sure to order your official transcripts the same day you submit your application (or earlier).

Your official documents can be mailed to:

Graduate Studies
Tennessee Tech University
1 William L. Jones Dr., Room 306
Campus Box 5012
Cookeville, TN 38505
Step 4: Admissions Decision 

Once all of your materials have been received, your application will be evaluated for admission. This evaluation is completed by the individual departments. When an admission recommendation is made, the College of Graduate Studies will notify you with the decision!



When applying, students will be given a residency status of in-state, out-of-state, international out-of-state, or border county. This status must be verified before the start of every semester. Verifying your residence can be done by filling out the FAFSA or submitting one of the legal EVEA documents. In-State Applicants be sure to take a picture of your TN driver's license and upload it into your application at the time of submission - this will speed up the processing time.

Learn more about residency and EVEA documentation »


Have questions?
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