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The following admissions information is provided by College and then by Major within that College.  The best way to use this list is to find the college that houses the major you are interested in.  If you are not sure what you would like to major in - no problem!  The best source to find out about each program and program degree requirements is to visit the TTU Graduate Catalog.

College of Agriculture and Human Ecology

Community Health and Nutrition (Spring 2021 - Application Pending)

  • Admissions Requirements

    Department Admissions Requirements

    Applicants must submit the following for admission consideration:

    1. Online application for graduate admission and the nonrefundable application fee;

    2. Official transcripts of undergraduate and graduate credit from all institutions attended;

    3. Undergraduate degrees accepted include: nutrition, dietetics, public health, kinesiology, health sciences, nursing, psychology, human development and family studies, family and consumer sciences, and biobehavioral health. Other undergraduate degrees not specifically listed here will be reviewed based on transcript content;

    4. Prerequisite undergraduate coursework must include an introductory nutrition course (equivalent to Tennessee Tech’s HEC 2020 Nutrition for Health Sciences); one advanced nutrition course (higher level than introductory nutrition) must have a “B” or better in these two nutrition courses; and 8 credits of chemistry or biology at the 3000/4000 level with a grade of “C” or better;

    5.  Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;

    6.   Two references;

    7.   Select your degree option:  A):  only the MS Degree in Community Health and Nutrition or B): both the Degree and the optional Experiential Learning Track
    The Experiential Learning Track has additional admission requirements;
    +Resume – upload your resume (no more than 2 pages);
    +Student Health Form;
    +Personal Statement- upload a separate document which includes the following: state why you have the abilities, experiences, skills and knowledge to succeed in our degree program.  Your statement should demonstrate why you are interested in this graduate degree program and how it will help you meet career goals. Please limit your statement to 1,200 words or fewer and use 12-point font, single-spaced format.
    Specifically address the following questions in your personal statement:

    a. What are your professional goals; elaborate on future career plans and the motivation for pursuing a MS in Community Health and Nutrition

    b. In what ways will the MS in Community Health and Nutrition build upon your current skill set

    c. Why are you a good fit for this degree program

    d. Elaborate on your unique story which motivates you to seek this graduate degree

    Note:  Applicants are selected on a competitive basis and, therefore, admission is not granted to all applicants who meet only the minimum requirements.

    Additional Admissions Requirements - Experiential Learning Track:
    In addition to the requirements for admission to the MS in Community Health and Nutrition Degree as stated above, applicants who want to also be admitted to the Experiential Learning Track must provide:

    1. Evidence of Work/Volunteer Experience – documentation of 300 hours of work or volunteer experience completed within two years of application. Of the 300 hours, at least 200 hours must be in a nutrition- or dietetics-related field. You will be required to complete the Experiential Track Supplemental Form to document your experiences. This form will be uploaded with your Graduate application.

    2. Prerequisite coursework- for applicants who do not have a Verification Statement from an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) the following prerequisite coursework must have been completed within five years from an accredited institution:

    a. Introductory Nutrition course equivalent to Tennessee Tech’s HEC 2020 Nutrition for Health Sciences

    b. Advanced Nutrition course (higher level than Introductory Nutrition)

    c. Organic Chemistry

    d. Microbiology or Biochemistry

    e. Experimental Foods, Food Preparation, Quantity Food Production, or Foodservice Management

    3. DPD Verification Statement- for students with a bachelor’s degree from an ACEND accredited Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), you will be required to upload your DPD Verification statement with your Graduate application.

    4. Personal Statement: in addition to the questions listed above for the Personal Statement, applicants for the Experiential Learning Track should include why they are pursuing the Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (RDN) credential.

    5. Candidates for admission to the Experiential Learning Track will be required to participate in a virtual (face to face) interview via a video conferencing platform.

College of Arts and Sciences

Biology

  • Admission Requirements

    DEPARTMENTAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE M.S. DEGREE

    Guidelines for full admission into the program require that one of the following two requirements be met:

    1. A minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) OR an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 in all Biology, Wildlife Fisheries Science, and related courses.
    2. Combined Quantitative and Verbal Revised GRE score totaling 300, and a minimum Analytical Writing score of 3.0.

    Applicants that do not meet either of these guidelines can be considered for provisional admission through an appeal to the Department of Biology Graduate Policies Committee.

    Applicants should be aware that meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program, since:

    1. The Department may not be able to financially support the research of the student, regardless of whether or not a student receives a stipend in the form of teaching or research assistantship. Additional resources must be provided to Biology graduate students in order to conduct their thesis research. The cost to conduct graduate research in the Department of Biology varies widely between and within disciplines and is affected by factors such as:
      1. whether the study will be conducted in a laboratory or the field (or both);
      2. whether or not specialized equipment is required;
      3. the amount of travel that may be necessary;
      4. wages of full-time or part-time assistants
    2. The Department may have more students than the faculty can reasonably guide. Prospective Biology graduate students should contact a potential faculty advisor in their research area prior to applying for admission. A student will not be admitted without being accepted by a faculty advisor (Advisor Acceptance Form). The advisor will serve as the student's thesis advisor during the student's pursuit of the graduate degree. Acceptance of a student by the faculty advisor is dependent upon:
      1. similarity of research interests;
      2. experience;
      3. recommendations;
      4. admission standards;
      5. number of graduate students that the faculty member is currently advising;
      6. available funding for research.

    Although the Department of Biology has no strict deadlines for application, complete applications for students being considered for teaching assistantships should be received no later than November 1 for enrollment the following Spring Semester, and April 1 for enrollment the following Fall Semester. Applicants being considered for research assistantships will be evaluated as extramural funding becomes available.

    For more detailed requirements and thesis research options, contact the department chair.

    PROVISIONAL ADMISSION PROCEDURES

    Students who do not meet departmental GPA and GRE ®General Test (GRE) requirements can be admitted provisionally by appealing the initial rejection decision to the Department of Biology Graduate Policies Committee. This committee will only consider appeals that are presented by the applicant's potential faculty advisor. Criteria commonly used by the Graduate Policies Committee regarding appeals are previous experience in the area of research and work history following graduation. Absolute minimum requirements for appeal consideration will consist of a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 (minimum requirement of Graduate School for non-provisional admission) .

    The Graduate Policies Committee will make the final decision for all appeals.

    PROVISIONAL STATUS REQUIREMENTS

    All applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements established for admission to the Master of Science Program within the Department of Biology, and who are granted an appeal by the Department of Biology Graduate Policies Committee, will be admitted with provisional standing. Provisions for achieving full standing will be determined by the Graduate Policies Committee in consultation with the student's faculty advisor and departmental chair.

Chemistry

  • Admission Requirements

    DEPARTMENTAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Students seeking admission to full standing in the M.S. program in Chemistry are required to have a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry that has been certified by the American Chemical Society or course work equivalent of this degree, with an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students lacking prerequisite coursework may be admitted to provisional standing and required to pass the prerequisites before being admitted to full standing.

    Students are also required to take the general portion of the Graduate Records Examination General Test (GRE). To be admitted with full standing, a student must score at least 295 (Quantitative and Verbal combined) on the GRE General Test, with a Quantitative score in at least the 40th percentile, and must score at least 3.5 on the Analytical Writing portion. Students who do not meet the GRE score requirements may still be admitted with provisional standing, if they have demonstrated potential for advanced study and research through research or work experience. If they make satisfactory progress in their first semester, they may be granted full standing in the program.

    International students are required to demonstrate competency in spoken and written English by taking appropriate standardized tests. Common examples include TOEFL examination (minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test or 79 for the Internet-based test with no sub score below 20) and the IELTS examination (minimum score 6.0)

English

  • Admission Requirements

     M.A. in English Admissions Requirements

    • An official transcript of undergraduate work reflecting an overall QPA of 2.5 or above.
    • GRE®General Test (GRE) Verbal and Writing Score
    • A Writing Sample (should be an 8-page minimum, critical essay appropriate for submission in an upper-division, undergraduate English class).
    • For students seeking a Graduate Teaching Assistantship: three (3) letters of recommendation.

Mathematics

  • Admission Requirements

    DEPARTMENTAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS


     

    As a necessary condition to be admitted to the Mathematics Graduate Program with Full Standing, and applicant must meet the following minimum requirements:

    1. successful completion (at least a "C" or better) or at least on semester-long undergraduate course in abstract algebra (MATH 4010 or equivalent)
    2. successful completion (at least a "C" or better) of at least two semester-long undergraduate courses in real analysis (MATH 4110-4120 or equivalent)
    3. an overall undergraduate QPA of at least 2.5 (based on a 4.0 scale)
    4. at least 3 letters of recommendation each indicating an expectation for success in a graduate mathematics program
    5. (international students only) a TOEFL score of at least 550 or an IELTS score of at least 6.0 or the attainment of level 9 in the FLS international Intensive ESL program
    6. Demonstrated potential for success in a graduate mathematics program by attaining at least one of the following:
      1. an overall undergraduate mathematics QPA of at least 3.5 (based on a 4.0 scale);
      2. at least a 140 verbal score, 150 quantitative score, and 3.0 analytical writing score on the GRE General Examination
      3. at least a 700 on the GRE Subject Test in Mathematics

    It should be understood that fulfilling the above minimum requirements is not sufficient to guarantee that an applicant will be admitted with full standing. A student may be admitted to the Mathematics Graduate Program with Provisional Standing if one or more of the above requirements are not met, assuming that the student has an overall undergraduate QPA of at least 2.25 (based on a 4.0 scale) and at least 3 letters of recommendation each indicating and expectation for success in a graduate mathematics program. Recommendations for admission (with Full or Provisional Standing) are made by the Mathematics Department Chairperson in consultation with the Mathematics Graduate Committee based upon an analysis of the applicant's mathematical background and potential for success in the Mathematics Graduate Program. As student in Provisional Standing may be reclassified to Full Standing once the student has satisfied the appropriate requirements detailed in the admission letter.

    For the sake of evaluation for an assistantship, applicants are highly encouraged to take both the GRE General Examination and the GRE Subject Test in Mathematics and submit their scores with the application.

College of Business

Accountancy

  • Admission Requirements

    Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Admissions Requirements

    MAcc admission is open to qualified students with a bachelor’s degree and a major in accounting (or the equivalent) from an accredited institution. Consideration is given to the applicant’s work experience and other activities that demonstrate potential for successful completion of the program.

    Applications are accepted for fall and spring admission. The application for admission should be received by July 1 before the fall semester in which the student plans to enroll (April 1 for international students). 

    State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own. Click here for a list of states where Tennessee Technological University is authorized to offer online degrees. If you do not see your state listed, you will be unable to enroll in any online programs offered by Tennessee Tech.

    Full Admission Requirements: 

    • An undergraduate degree from an accredited school or program.
    • Official transcripts of all prior college work.
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
    • Minimum score of 500 on the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) OR GRE (General Record Exam) equivalent OR a waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement.  (See GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy below.)

    Provisional Standing*

    • Minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Minimum 1,000 AACSB formula score  {Formula:  (UG GPA x 200) + GMAT/GRE}
    • Official GMAT or GRE test scores

    NOTE: Fulfilling the above minimum application requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the MAcc program. 

    * For additional information in international student applications, please visit the following link: How to Apply - International.

    GMAT/GRE Waiver Policy

    Students applying for the Master of Accountancy may request a waiver of the GMAT/GRE requirement if they meet one of the following requirements:

    • The student holds a BSBA from Tennessee Tech University with a major in accounting (or has completed 85% of the coursework for the degree and 70% of the coursework for the major) and has an overall GPA of 3.2 or better and a GPA in their upper division accounting course work of 3.2 or greater, or
    • The student holds a degree from an AACSB business program with a major in accounting (or has completed 85% of the coursework for the degree and 70% of the coursework for the major) and has and overall GPA of 3.4 or greater and a GPA in their upper division course work of 3.4 or greater.

    This waiver is not guaranteed and the request must be made via email to the College of Business Director of Graduate Programs, Kate Nicewicz, at knicewicz@tntech.edu.

    All application materials become the property of the University and will not be returned to the applicant regardless of whether admission is approved or denied.

    If you have any questions, please contact:

    College of Business Graduate Office 
    Phone: (931) 372-3600
    Email: cobgrad@tntech.edu

Business Administration

  • Admission Requirements

    MBA Requirements

    • Four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
    • One letter of recommendation

    State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own. Click here for a list of states where Tennessee Technological University is authorized to offer online degrees. If you do not see your state listed, you will be unable to enroll in any online programs offered by Tennessee Tech.

    Full Admission Requirement

    • A combined score of 10 points or more on the MBA Admissions Matrix, below.
    • Students are also required to be proficient in the use of word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software including the integration of all three.
    MBA Admissions Matrix  
    Criterion Points
    Work Experience*  
    1 year of professional work experience 3
    3 year of professional work experience 4
    5+ year of professional work experience 5
       
    Academic Experience^  
    Graduate Degree (Master's Level) 4
    Terminal Level (J.D., M.D., Pharm.D., Ph.D.) 5
       
    Overall Undergraduate GPA  
    2.5 GPA 3
    3.0 GPA 5
    3.5 GPA 7
       
    GMAT/GRE**  
    400-499 3
    500-599 5
    600 or Above 7
       
    Discretionary Points %  
    A maximum of two additional points may be awarded based on strength of resume
    and statement of purpose, as determined by program director
    and/or Exceptions Committee.
    2

    % Pertains only to hybrid program candidates
    ** GRE Comparison Tool
    ^ All degrees must come from accredited U.S. institutions
    * Work experience must be deemed relevant to the industry focus for Hybrid MBA students (e.g. health care)

    Provisional Admission Requirements*

    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Minimum score of 1,000 on the index formula
    • Submission of official GMAT or GRE test scores

    *Students admitted provisionally must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA on the first nine** (9) hours of core coursework.

    **ECON6050 must be taken within the first nine (9) hours of the student's program.

College of Education

Counseling and Psychology

  • Admission Requirements

    MASTER OF ARTS DEGREE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Students pursuing graduate study in the Department of Counseling and Psychology can select from among several concentrations that are designed to lead to licensure in the State of Tennessee or that lead to non-licensure degrees.

    ADMISSION CRITERIA

    The Department offers admission to applicants who appear to have the highest potential for graduate study and who have the disposition to be successful in their concentration. The minimum admission requirements are:

    1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
    2. Satisfactory undergraduate grade point average, usually a minimum of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
    3. Enough undergraduate training in psychology to do graduate work in the chosen concentration.
    4. Three acceptable letters of recommendation for graduate study from faculty members or other persons who have adequate knowledge of the applicant's professional qualities or potential for success as a graduate student.
    5. A score of 146 (new format) or 400 (old format) on the verbal portion, and 140 (new format) or 400 (old format) quantitative portions of the GRE®General Test (GRE) along with a 4.0 score on the analytical writing portion. Students who have successfully completed Tennessee Tech's Fast Track program and meet all other requirements for admission to graduate school may be exempted from taking the GRE.

    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.

    EVIDENCE OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY

    All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit evidence of proficiency in English equivalent to level 18 in FLS.

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Admission Requirements

    M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction Admissions Requirements

    Students pursuing graduate study in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction have the option of three (3) types of programs leading to the Master of Arts degree. Licensure programs are those that require a teaching license for full admission and may lead to additional licensing. The non-licensure degree-granting programs do not necessarily require a teaching license for full admission nor do they lead to licensing. The postbaccalaureate program is for those whose undergraduate area is outside education or for those that do not have a teaching license but wish to become licensed.

    FLIGHT PATH ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

    • The MAT/GRE admission requirement for the Master's program in Curriculum and Instruction will be waived for Education majors who have successfully passed EdTPA, Praxis, and teaching license requirements with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher. 

    REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION IN FULL STANDING (LICENSURE, NON-LICENSURE, AND POST-BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMS):

    1. Overall undergraduate QPA of 2.5 or above upon completion of a baccalaureate degree program.
    2. Three (3) current letters of recommendation from those who have adequate knowledge of the applicant's professional qualities or potential for success as a graduate student.
    3. A minimum score of 380 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (raw score of 31 on tests taken prior to October 2004) a GRE Score of:
      - Exceed 150 on Verbal Reasoning and score 138 or above on Quantitative Reasoning AND a score of 4.0 and above is required on Analytical Writing; 
      OR 
      -Exceed 141 on Quantitative Reasoning and score 143 or above on Verbal Reasoning AND a score of 4.0 or above is required on Analytical Writing.

    REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION IN PROVISIONAL STANDING (LICENSURE, NON-LICENSURE, AND POST-BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMS):

    Provisional status is subject to the College of Graduate Studies guidelines.

    ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (LICENSURE, NON-LICENSURE, AND POST-BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMS):

    International applicants must also meet the English Language Requirement by providing FLS Level 18 and test results on one (1) of the following:

    • TOEFL - minimum IBT of 71 (FLS not required with TOEFL)
    • IELTS - minimum score of 6.0
    • PTE Academic - minimum score of 48

Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness

  • Admission Requirements

    Exercise Science, Physical Education and Wellness

    State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own. Click here to see if your state is listed for Tennessee. States must have a date in the ‘Approved as SARA State’ before the applicants are eligible for the program. If you do not see your state listed, you will be unable to enroll in any online programs offered by Tennessee Tech.

    DEPARTMENTAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    Applicants for admission to the M.A. in Exercise Science are expected to have earned a BS degree from an approved program.  There is no restriction on undergraduate program of study.  Admission is decided based on a multi-parameter criterion that can include the following and will be evaluated by the graduate faculty in the department.

    1. Minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA of Provisional Standing and minimum 2.75 undergraduate GPA for Full Standing.
    2. Minimum MAT score of 370 for Provisional and 380 for Full Standing OR meet ONE of the following options on the GRE General Test (GRE):
      1. Exceed 150 on Verbal Reasoning and score 138 or above on Quantitative Reasoning AND a score of 4.0 or above is required on Analytical Writing
      2. Exceed 141 on Quantitative Reasoning and score 143 or above on Verbal Reasoning AND a score of 4.0 or above is required on Analytical Writing
    3. Waive entrance exam with undergraduate GPA of 3.75 or higher.
    4. Waive entrance exam for students who have a passing score of EdTPA and minimum 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
    5. Minimum of 2 letters of recommendation from someone who can address scholarly aptitude.
    6. Letter of Intent outlining the purpose and proposed outcomes of being in the program.
    7. Writing sample from an undergraduate 4000 level class or complete the provided writing prompt here
    8. Participate in face-to-face or skype interview if required.

    Based on the level of satisfaction of the above criteria, the department will either recommend admission to Full Standing, Provisional Standing, or deny admission.  Provisional Standing status may be changed to Full Standing after the student satisfies the requirements specified by the department at the time of admission or upon departmental review.

    BA/MA Fast Track Program
    The Fast Track program is designed to enable Tennessee Tech College of Education undergraduates to accumulate up to six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework, to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements, while still pursuing their undergraduate degree.  The coursework would enable an efficient graduate program transition with the potential for accelerated completion.  The courses must be taken at Tennessee Tech University.

    The minimum admissions requirements for participating in the Exercise Science Fast Track program are:

    • Enrolled in Tennessee Tech as an undergraduate Exercise Science major with at least 90 hours of completed courses within their program of study,
    • Overall GPA of 3.25 or better,
    • Recommendation from the undergraduate advisor, and 
    • Approval by departmental coordinator of graduate studies.

    Fast Track program participants should consult with the undergraduate and graduate advisors regarding enrollment in the appropriate courses and must earn a minimum grade of "B" in the identified courses to apply them to their MA program of study.

    Courses to be included in the Fast Track program include:

    Dual Listed: 

    EXPW 4520/5520, Adapted Physical Education and Sport

    EXPW 4730/5730, Assessment in Exercise Science

    EXPW 4440/5440, Exercise Physiology

    EXPW 4043,5052, Health Promotion

    Courses listed at the 5000 level will include additional graduate coursework and a culminating project.

    Graduate:

    EXPW 6140, Assessment and Strategies for Adapted Physical Education

    EXPW 6240, Assessment in Sport, Physical Education and Wellness

    EXPW 6440, Physiology of Exercise

    EXPW 6042, Health Promotions

    In addition to requirements for admission to the Fast Track BA/MA program, all requirements to the College of Graduate Studies must also be met upon graduation.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.

Instructional Leadership

  • Admission Requirements

    ADMISSION PROCESS FOR TENNESSEE TECH'S INITIAL LICENSE INSL PROGRAM

    1. A valid TN teaching license and three (3) years teaching experience required
    2. Successfully complete admission process for Tennessee Tech Graduate School
    3. Receive notification from Tennessee Tech Graduate School indicating full admission status and assignment of a T#
    4. Complete online Declaration of Intent for INSL Program
    5. Complete online Request for Disposition Assessments for INSL Program (INSL candidates do not need to submit three (3) letters of recommendation to the Graduate School)
    6. Receive notification from Tennessee Tech INSL Program unit indicating status of Intent
    7. Schedule INSL Program Interview and prepare INSL Program Portfolio to bring to Interview

    PORTFOLIO CONTENTS

    • Copy of TN State Department of Education Educators License Information page located at the following address: https://tdoe.tncompass.org/Public/Search
    • Copy of most recent LEA Performance Appraisal Record
    • Copy of current Professional Development Plan (PD Plan/Future Growth Plan)
    • Copy of Experience Verification Form (signed by the appropriate LEA personnel)
    • Evidence of your ability to improve student achievement and of leadership demonstrated in coaching other teachers to raise student achievement (assessment scores, performance appraisals, etc.)
    • Letter (on system letterhead) from Director of LEA, or his/her designee, indicating support for the completion of all field experiences, internship, and culminating action research project required for the completion of the INSL program.

    M.A. (EDIL) ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE TENNESSEE TECH GRADUATE SCHOOL

    • Satisfactory test scores on either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (372 minimum for provisional standing and 380 minimum for full standing) or the GRE®General Test (GRE) (900 total on the verbal/quantitative portions and 4.0 on the analytical writing portion)
    • Official transcripts from your bachelor's institution and any other institutions attended
    • Grade Point Average on Bachelor's degree of at least 2.50
    • Successful screening from four (4) Disposition Assessments - submitted electronically to INSL database

    Degree Program Completion: Requires submission of passing score on State Licensing Exam for TN Learning Centered Leadership System.

College of Engineering

Chemical Engineering

  • Admission Requirements

    MASTER OF SCIENCE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    An applicant for admission to any of the MS programs offered by the departments of the College of Engineering is expected to have earned a BS degree from an approved program, or its equivalent. Admission is decided based on a multi-parameter criterion that can include the following items to be evaluated by the department:

    • undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
    • GRE®General Test (GRE) scores with Quantitative greater than or equal to 150 (50%); Verbal greater than or equal to 147 (33%); Analytical Writing greater than or equal to 3.5 (33%). Students with BS degrees in related fields from Tennessee Tech are not required to take the GRE.
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation that demonstrate strong evidence for success in the graduate program.
    • Availability of appropriate faculty to serve as research advisor(s).
    • Participation in undergraduate research.
    • Post-BS degree professional experience relevant to planned degree of study.
    • Publications in peer reviewed journals and/or award-winning presentations in technical conferences.
    • International students must score at least 550 (213 computer-based or 79 internet-based) on the TOEFL or a minimum base score of 6.0 on the IELTS.

    Based on the level of satisfaction of the above criterion, the department will either recommend admission to Full Standing, Provisional Standing, or Special Standing, or deny admission. Standing status may be changed to Full Standing after the student satisfies the requirements specified by the department at the time of admission.

Civil Engineering

  • Admission Requirements

    MASTER OF SCIENCE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    An applicant for admission to any of the MS programs offered by the departments of the College of Engineering is expected to have earned a BS degree from an approved program, or its equivalent. Admission is decided based on a multi-parameter criterion that can include the following items to be evaluated by the department:

    • undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
    • GRE®General Test (GRE) scores with Quantitative greater than or equal to 150 (50%); Verbal greater than or equal to 147 (33%); Analytical Writing greater than or equal to 3.5 (33%). Students with BS degrees in related fields from Tennessee Tech are not required to take the GRE.
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation that demonstrate strong evidence for success in the graduate program.
    • Availability of appropriate faculty to serve as research advisor(s).
    • Participation in undergraduate research.
    • Post-BS degree professional experience relevant to planned degree of study.
    • Publications in peer reviewed journals and/or award-winning presentations in technical conferences.
    • International students must score at least 550 (213 computer-based or 79 internet-based) on the TOEFL or a minimum base score of 6.0 on the IELTS.

    Based on the level of satisfaction of the above criterion, the department will either recommend admission to Full Standing, Provisional Standing, or Special Standing, or deny admission. Standing status may be changed to Full Standing after the student satisfies the requirements specified by the department at the time of admission.

Computer Science

  • Admission Requirements

    MASTER OF SCIENCE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    An applicant for admission to any of the MS programs offered by the departments of the College of Engineering is expected to have earned a BS degree from an approved program, or its equivalent. Admission is decided based on a multi-parameter criterion that can include the following items to be evaluated by the department:

    • undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
    • GRE®General Test (GRE) scores with Quantitative greater than or equal to 150 (50%); Verbal greater than or equal to 147 (33%); Analytical Writing greater than or equal to 3.5 (33%). Students with BS degrees in related fields from Tennessee Tech are not required to take the GRE.
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation that demonstrate strong evidence for success in the graduate program.
    • Availability of appropriate faculty to serve as research advisor(s).
    • Participation in undergraduate research.
    • Post-BS degree professional experience relevant to planned degree of study.
    • Publications in peer reviewed journals and/or award-winning presentations in technical conferences.
    • International students must score at least 550 (213 computer-based or 79 internet-based) on the TOEFL or a minimum base score of 6.0 on the IELTS.
    • For summer and fall 2020, international students should submit the results from the Duolingo exam.

    Based on the level of satisfaction of the above criterion, the department will either recommend admission to Full Standing, Provisional Standing, or Special Standing, or deny admission. Standing status may be changed to Full Standing after the student satisfies the requirements specified by the department at the time of admission.

Electrical & Computer Engineering

  • Admission Requirements

    MASTER OF SCIENCE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    An applicant for admission to any of the MS programs offered by the departments of the College of Engineering is expected to have earned a BS degree from an approved program, or its equivalent. Admission is decided based on a multi-parameter criterion that can include the following items to be evaluated by the department:

    • undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
    • GRE®General Test (GRE) scores with Quantitative greater than or equal to 150 (50%); Verbal greater than or equal to 147 (33%); Analytical Writing greater than or equal to 3.5 (33%). Students with BS degrees in related fields from Tennessee Tech are not required to take the GRE.
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation that demonstrate strong evidence for success in the graduate program.
    • Availability of appropriate faculty to serve as research advisor(s).
    • Participation in undergraduate research.
    • Post-BS degree professional experience relevant to planned degree of study.
    • Publications in peer reviewed journals and/or award-winning presentations in technical conferences.
    • International students must score at least 550 (213 computer-based or 79 internet-based) on the TOEFL or a minimum base score of 6.0 on the IELTS.

    Based on the level of satisfaction of the above criterion, the department will either recommend admission to Full Standing, Provisional Standing, or Special Standing, or deny admission. Standing status may be changed to Full Standing after the student satisfies the requirements specified by the department at the time of admission.

Engineering Management

  • Admissions Requirements

    MASTER OF SCIENCE ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

    The Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) is an interdisciplinary program offered collaboratively by the College of Business and the College of Engineering.  The degree is designed to provide early-career engineering and related technical professionals with leadership and management knowledge, skills, and tools for advancing their job performance and the performance of the organizations that employ them.  The focus of the program is on the management of technology based projects and technical people and organizations, and the goal is to combine the application of business theory with the best practices in engineering.  The program content is applicable to technical professionals in state and federal agencies, small businesses, and large corporations.  Academic components of the program include the applicable and appropriate use of a variety of quantitative tools for decision making, the effective supervision of organizational personnel, and project and process management, including but not limited to risk management, resource allocation, and systems engineering.  Courses are taught by expert faculty in both related fields.

    The MS in Engineering Management is a cohort program.  Admission into the program normally takes place in the fall semester.  Spring and summer admission is limited based upon course offerings.  Admissions Requirements include:

    Admission to the MS in Engineering Management program is decided based on a multiparameter criterion that can include the following items to be evaluated by the department:

    1. Bachelor's degree from an accredited program in engineering, science, or related area, all requiring mathematics at least through differential and integral calculus and including calculus-based probability and statistics.
    2. Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    3. GRE General Test (GRE) scores with Quantitative greater than or equal to 150 (50%); Verbal greater than or equal to 147 (33%); Analytical Writing greater than or equal to 3.5 (33%).
      1. Applicants with BS degrees in related fields from Tennessee Tech are not required to take the GRE.
      2. Applicants who have successfully completed the Fundamentals of Engineering examination may submit evidence of passing the exam in place of the GRE.
      3. The GRE may be waived for applicants who have met all other requirements and who have a minimum of two years of relevant professional experience.
    4. Three (3) letters of recommendation that demonstrate strong evidence for success in the graduate program.
    5. Participation in undergraduate research.
    6. At least two years of post-BS degree professional experience in a technical environment.
    7. Publications in peer reviewed journals and/or award-winning presentations in technical conferences
    8. International students must score at least 550 (213 computer-based or 79 internet-based) on the TOEFL or a minimum base score of 6.0 on the IELTS.

    Courses:

    The following courses are required for the MS in Engineering Management:

    Business Core:

    Accounting 6010- Accounting Information for Management Decisions (3)

    BMGT 6200 - Organizational Leadership (3)

    FIN 6020 - Financial Management (3)

    MKT 6100 - Strategic Marketing (3)

    Engineering Core:

    CEE 6200 - Statistical Inference for Engineers (3)

    EMGT 6100 - Introduction to Project Management (3)

    EMGT 6210 - Project Management 1 (3)

    EMGT 6220 - Project Management 2 (3)

    EMGT 6230 - Project Management 3 (3)

    EMGT 6300 - Decision Analysis (3)

    EMGT 6900 - Professional Project (3)

    Total Hours:  33

Mechanical Engineering

  • Admission Requirements

    MASTER OF SCIENCE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    An applicant for admission to any of the MS programs offered by the departments of the College of Engineering is expected to have earned a BS degree from an approved program, or its equivalent. Admission is decided based on a multi-parameter criterion that can include the following items to be evaluated by the department:

    • undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • GRE®General Test (GRE) scores with Quantitative greater than or equal to 150 (50%); Verbal greater than or equal to 147 (33%); Analytical Writing greater than or equal to 3.5 (33%). Students with BS degrees in related fields from Tennessee Tech are not required to take the GRE.
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation that demonstrate strong evidence for success in the graduate program.
    • Availability of appropriate faculty to serve as research advisor(s).
    • Participation in undergraduate research.
    • Post-BS degree professional experience relevant to planned degree of study.
    • Publications in peer reviewed journals and/or award-winning presentations in technical conferences.
    • International students must score at least 550 (213 computer-based or 79 internet-based) on the TOEFL or a minimum base score of 6.0 on the IELTS.

    Based on the level of satisfaction of the above criterion, the department will either recommend admission to Full Standing, Provisional Standing, or Special Standing, or deny admission. Standing status may be changed to Full Standing after the student satisfies the requirements specified by the department at the time of admission.

College of Interdisciplinary Studies

Environmental Informatics

  • Admission Requirements

    Offered through the College of Interdisciplinary Studies

    • Undergraduate degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics discipline* with GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; OR a total score of at least 300 on verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE General Test along with a score of at least 3.5 on the analytical writing portion of the test.
    • Official transcripts from all previously-attended colleges or universities
    • Three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty familiar with the academic ability of the applicant.
    • International applicants must also meet the English Language Requirement by providing test results on one (1) of the following:
      • TOEFL — 550 minimum (213 computer-based or 79 internet-based)
      • IELTS — minimum base score of 6.0

    *Applicants that have baccalaureate degrees in a closely related field will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may be admitted to full standing upon completion of identified background courses.

Master of Professional Studies

  • Admissions Requirements for all MPS Concentration Areas

    Admissions Requirements Applicable to All MPS Concentrations

    For Full Standing:

    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. A score of 146 on the verbal portion of the GRE® General Test (GRE) and 144 quantitative portion.
    3. A combined score of 290 on the verbal and quantitative reasoning sections and a 3.5 on analytical writing.
    4. Five (5) or more years of professional work experience demonstrated through a portfolio.   

    The portfolio is to 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; and
    • two (2) sealed letters of professional reference.

    Other items that an applicant may include in the portfolio include a description of professional responsibilities, professional achievements and professional awards/recognition's. The portfolio material must be submitted as a packet, not mailed separately. 

    International students must meet English language proficiency requirements by providing a TOEFL score.  Minimum IBT of 71 or an approved equivalent exam and equivalent scores.  International applicants with an IBT below 79 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.

    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 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 9 hours of graduate study in the concentration and be approved by the departmental admissions committee.

    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.

     

MPS Concentration Areas:
Corporate Communication

Healthcare Administration

Human Resources Leadership

Media and Strategic Communication

Public Safety

Strategic Leadership

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Training and Development

Whitson-Hester School of Nursing

Nursing (M.S.N.)

  • Admission Requirements

    Master of Science in Nursing

    State and federal laws require colleges and universities to be authorized to offer online degree programs in states other than their own. Click here to see if your state is listed for Tennessee. States must have a date in the ‘Approved as SARA State’ before the applicants are eligible for the program. If you do not see your state listed, you will be unable to enroll in any online programs offered by Tennessee Tech.

    ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    • Eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in the state in which clinical assignments are completed.
    • Official transcripts from previously attended colleges and/or universities.
    • Cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for full admission.
      • For provisional standing admission:
        • an overall undergraduate quality point average of 2.75 - 2.99 on a 4.0 scale, upon completion of a baccalaureate degree program.
        • meet all other requirements for admission to MSN-TNeCampus.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all previous graduate studies. 
    • TOEFL score of 600 (250 CBT) if native language is not English OR IELTS score of 6.0.
    • A written document prepared by the applicant that includes a resume, a discussion of prior professional experience, future career goals, and reasons for pursuing graduate study.
    • Letters of recommendations from at least three (3) persons (a minimum of one [1] academic) familiar with the applicant's academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for graduate study and for future practice as an advanced practice nurse.

Students Outside of Tennessee: Only residents of states approved by NC-SARA may apply for online courses. Please check and confirm that your state is eligible before applying.

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