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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

  • Overview

    The School of Human Ecology offers a Master of Science in Community Health and Nutrition. Coursework in this program is online. The Community Health and Nutrition program has been granted candidacy for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), as a Future Education Model Future Graduate program, making it appropriate for those students who wish to become registered dietitian/nutritionists.

    This program is also designed to offer additional professional training for various community health professionals, including those who are already credentialed registered dietitian/nutritionists, educators, nurses, and others interested in nutrition related health information.

    The M.S. in Community Health and Nutrition will provide graduate course work to two audiences: (1) credentialed Registered Dietitians who seek a M.S. degree only and (2) students who seek both credentialing as a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (Future Education Model Future Graduate program) and the M.S. Degree. The M.S. degree only in Community Health and Nutrition is a 30-hour degree program. The M.S. degree plus FEM FG program requires an additional 12 credit hours in experiential learning practicum courses. Each practicum course requires approximately 54 hours of experiential learning. In addition, approximately 30 hours of experiential learning is integrated into each didactic online course.

    For a complete listing of the courses, visit the catalog page as linked below:

    Community Health and Nutrition Catalog

  • 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

  • Overview

    The purpose of the Master of Science degree program in the Department of Biology is to prepare graduates for high-level careers in various areas of biology. The department offers the M.S. degree with the option of selecting from a variety of thesis research topics based on individual research interests of the faculty.

    The M.S. in Biology is a 30 hour research degree program. Core requirements are defined as follows:

    Core required courses: 1 hour
    Advisor Approved Electives: 20 hours
    Research and Thesis: 6 hours
    Statistics course: 3 hours
    Total Hours: 30 hours

    Biology Catalog

  • 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

  • Overview

    The Department of Chemistry offers a program of study leading to an M.S. in Chemistry designed to prepare graduates for a successful career in industry or to continue their education in a doctoral program or professional school. By offering courses in the five (5) major areas of chemistry, the students have an opportunity to reinforce their background and expand their knowledge in areas not covered by their undergraduate degree.

    Degree Requirements:
    Core Required Courses: 9 hours
    Advanced Electives: 12 hours
    Additional Electives: 9 hours
    Total: 30 hours

    Chemistry Catalog

  • 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

  • Overview

    The Master of Arts degree program in the Department of English prepares graduates for success in any further graduate and professional education which might require superior analytical and communication skills.

    Concentrations

    Literature: This concentration is designed for graduate students wishing to further develop their abilities as literary scholars and critics, in preparation for graduate school and/or careers requiring high-level interpretive and written communication skills.

    Creative Writing: This concentration is a great option for graduate students wishing to develop their abilities as creative writers in poetry, fiction, and/or essay/memoir.

    Professional and Technical Communication: This concentration was created for graduate students who are preparing for careers within the field of Professional and Technical Communication. Students will have opportunities to work with other disciplines (such as Engineering, Business, Nursing, and Law), both on campus and off campus, that require facility with technical writing and effective communication skills in business environments. Additionally, this concentration provides opportunities for students with various backgrounds who are seeking advanced skills in grant writing, technical writing, or other advanced Professional and Technical Communication proficiencies.

    English Catalog

  • 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.

    Evaluation Criteria
    The Graduate Committee will evaluate each application using the following criteria ratings:

    Transcript; based on QPA in Major:
    2.7 - 2.999
    10 pts.
     
    3.0 - 3.499
    20 pts.
     
    3.5 - 4.0
    30 pts.
     
    GRE Verbal Score:
    153-159
    5 pts.
     
    160-165
    10 pts.
     
    166-170
    15 pts.
     
    GRE Analytical Writing Test:
    3.50 – 4.00
    5 pts.
     
    4.50 – 5.00
    10 pts.
     
    5.50 – 6.00
    15 pts.
     
    Writing Sample Score*:
     9 – 10 total
    10 pts.
     
    11 - 12 total
    20 pts.
     
    13 - 15 total
    30 pts.

    *Writing Sample Evaluation: Each writing sample will be read by 3 individuals, either members of the graduate committee or their designees (who themselves must be graduate faculty members).

    The Graduate Committee shall admit to the program those students whose applications (based on the Evaluation Criteria above) either:

    earn a minimum of 10 points each in the Transcript and Writing Sample scores, and a combined total of at least 10 points for the two (2) GRE(R) General Test (GRE) scores
    OR have a total score of 40 points or higher.
    Students admitted to the program who possess an undergraduate degree (either major or minor) in English will be given Full Standing. Students who qualify for admission but who have no degree in the discipline will be given Provisional Standing in order to account for any deficiencies identified in their background. When the student is informed that he/she has been given Provisional Standing, he/she shall also be informed of the specific courses which he/she needs to take in order to qualify for Full Standing. Once these deficiencies have been rectified, that student must then apply to the Graduate Committee for a change to Full Standing.

    A student with an undergraduate degree in English who does not meet the minimum points score but has reasonable chance of success based on the quality of his/her writing sample may be admitted with provisional status.

    A student who is granted Provisional Standing will, upon completion of nine (9) hours of graduate study, be evaluated by the Graduate Committee in consultation with the faculty members who have taught him/her. At that point, the graduate committee will decide whether to grant the student Full Standing or to deny admission to further study

    Departmental Degree Requirements by Concentration
    The Master of Arts degree program in English has both thesis (30 credit hours) and non-thesis (33 credit hours) options. Details about the non-thesis requirements are listed with each concentration below.

    All thesis-option students, regardless of concentration, are required to take 6 credit hours of ENGL 6990 and complete all thesis requirements, in addition to the specific course requirements for their respective concentrations. An oral defense is required for all concentrations, and thesis students in the Creative Writing or Professional and Technical Communication concentrations must also complete a written comprehensive exam.

Mathematics

  • Overview

    The Department of Mathematics offers a comprehensive program leading to a Master of Science degree in Mathematics. The program of study provides suitable preparation for further study at the doctoral level or for a career in teaching, government, or industry.

    Graduate students attend a weekly Graduate Seminar and develop teaching skills through participation in the weekly Teaching Seminar.

    Requirements for the M.S. degree in Mathematics are:
    Thesis Option
    ​The M.S. in Mathematics with a Thesis option is a 30 hour degree program. Degree requirements include:

    Core Required Coursework: 6 hours
    Advisor Approved Electives: 6 hours
    Advisor Approved Sequence: 12 hours
    Research and Thesis Requirement: 6 hours
    Total Degree Requirements: 30 hours
    At least 21 of the above credit hours must be at the 6000 level.

    Non-Thesis Option
    The M.S. in Mathematics in the Non-Thesis program is a 33 hour program. Degree requirements are as follows:​

    Core Course Requirements: 6 hours
    Advisor Approved Electives: 6 hours
    Advisor Approved Sequence: 18 hours
    Non-Thesis Project: 3 hours
    Total Degree Requirements: 33 hours

    Mathematics Catalog

  • 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

  • Overview

    Our goal is “to prepare students for careers in professional accounting and business careers and to enhance opportunities for our students to become successful and ethical professionals.” Toward that end, we strive to provide students access to advanced knowledge in the field of accounting and we emphasize the importance of life-long learning and continuing professional development.

    The 30-credit hour MAcc program was designed with two options, a 1-year track and a 2-year track. Due to the importance of completing the degree in a timely fashion and time limits established by the Tennessee Society of CPA’s for completing the CPA Exam, it is important that the discipline of either a 1-year or 2-year timeline be imposed on applicants. The disciplined time-line will also contribute to lowering the attrition rate and increasing the likelihood of graduation.

    The MAcc is a 100% online program with limited face-to-face interaction. While the coursework will be online, there is a provision in the program for two residency experiences. These residency experiences will be required components of the program and, combined with the online pre-work, will count for 1 credit hour each. Students will attend two live weekend sessions that will include group project work, group presentations, seminars and networking opportunities. The residency experiences will also provide vital “touch points” in the program that will allow students and faculty to communicate in a one-on-one exchange of thoughts and ideas related to the program and course materials.

    The following are the MAcc degree requirements:

    Core Required Courses: 24 hours
    Advisor Approved Electives: 6 hours
    Total Degree Requirement: 30 hours

    Accountancy Catalog

  • 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

  • Overview

    The Tennessee Tech MBA is fully accredited by AACSB International–the highest attainable level of accreditation. The MBA degree may be obtained completely online or through a combined online/on-campus program of study.

    The MBA program offers the option for 100% online completion, in as little as one year. The online learning environment is highly interactive and incorporates case discussions, teamwork, simulations, and other active-learning approaches. MBA courses make a strong connection between academic subjects and the practical issues facing managers in today’s globally competitive, high tech, and analytically-focused business environment.

    The MBA program requires no prerequisites and is designed for college graduates regardless of major. In all organizations, career success and advancement requires knowledge of finance, marketing, accounting, information technology, analytics, and management. In addition, the teamwork, leadership, technological and communication skills along with the networking opportunities provided throughout the MBA experience add value for full time students, working professionals, and their current employers. The program consists of seven (7) three-hour common courses (21 hours) and nine (9) hours of electives. Full-time students can complete the 30-hour program in one (1) calendar year.

    The seven core courses provide technical and contextual knowledge as they develop students’ managerial competence. In addition to assuring a working knowledge of primary business functions, these career-relevant courses provide opportunities to work individually and in teams through a variety of case studies, simulations, and research projects. The nine (9) credit hours of electives are used to develop special competencies of interest to the student.

    An MBA student is required to maintain a cumulative grade average of at least B (3.0) on all courses taken for degree purposes, and must achieve a grade of B or better in BMGT 6950. Students must repeat BMGT 6950 until a grade of B or better is obtained. Other courses may be repeated at the discretion of the student, and both the original grade and the grade for the repeat will be counted in the cumulative average. (Any student earning a “C” prior to March 2019 will be required to repeat the course, per the policy in effect when the grade was awarded.) Any student receiving a D or an F in an MBA degree course shall be dismissed from the program.

    As an alternative to the aforementioned concentrations and depending on their individual interests, an MBA student may choose to take elective courses across a range of areas in international business, entrepreneurship, quality management, technology management, e-business, and others as available.

    Business Administration Catalog

  • Admission Requirements

    MBA Admissions Requirements

    • Four-year undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
    • One letter of recommendation
    • A score of 10 points on the MBA Admissions Matrix (see below)

    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

  • Overview

    A primary purpose of the department is to offer strong academic programs in the preparation for a career in counseling and psychology. Graduate programs are offered at the Master of Arts, Specialist in Education, and Ph.D. levels.

    The MA and EdS in Counseling and Psychology offer a number of concentrations available in each of these programs. The degree programs in Counseling and Psychology each consist of a counseling concentration, appropriate cognate area, and a research component. Concentrations are available in: 

    • Psychology
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling (Master’s level only)
    • School Counseling
    • School Psychology

    Counseling and Psychology Catalog

  • 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

  • Overview

    The department of Curriculum and Instruction offers graduate degrees at the master, specialist, and doctoral level. Each degree program offers a variety of concentration areas and licensure opportunities. In addition to the three degree programs managed by the department of Curriculum and Instruction, the department directs the Instructional Leadership degree program that houses the master and specialist in Instructional Leadership.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: 1) licensure; 2) non-licensure; and 3) post-baccalaureate. The following are the concentrations available:

    Applied Behavioral Analysis 

    Curriculum 

    Early Childhood Education 

    Educational Technology 

    Elementary Education

    Family and Consumer Sciences 

    Library Science

    Literacy  

    Music

    Secondary Education

    Special Education

    STEM Education


    The following concentrations are available in an online format:

    Applied Behavior Analysis; MA/EdS

    Curriculum; MA/EdS 

    Early Childhood; MA/EdS

    Educational Technology; MA/EdS

    Elementary Education; MA/EdS

    Exercise Science; EdS

    Family and Consumer Science; MA/EdS

    Literacy; MA/EdS

    Special Education; MA/EdS

    Curriculum and Instruction Catalog

  • 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

  • Overview

    The Master of Arts in Excercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness is a 30-39 hour degree program. Teacher Licensure is available and requires an additional 20 hours to obtain such licensure. The program is available in a Thesis and Non-Thesis option. 

    The department offers an online Master of Arts degree in Exercise Science, Physical Education & Wellness, with areas of concentration in elementary/middle school physical education, fitness and lifetime wellness, adapted physical education, and sport management. Candidates complete comprehensive exams online through the required Tk20 student account, eliminating the need for any Master of Arts student to ever have to come to campus.

    The following are brief descriptions of each of the concentrations:

    Adapted Physical Education - Typically, this concentration provides current practitioners with coursework, theory and practice to effectively lead physical education programs for individuals with special needs.
    Elementary and Middle School Physical Education - This concentration is designed for students who have a current Tennessee teaching license who either want to enhance their pedagogical knowledge and/or gain background knowledge in physical education in preparation to sit for the physical education PRAXIS exam in seeking the physical education endorsement on the Tennessee teaching license.
    Fitness and Lifetime Wellness - Students who are interested in health, wellness and/or performance aspects of physical activity and training will be interested in this concentration.  The main focus is on practical application rather than clinical rehabilitation.
    Sport Management - Anyone wanting to work as an administrator in various positions within the sports industry will be interested in this concentration.
    Teacher Licensure Option - Students who wish to pursue obtaining an initial Tennessee teaching license in physical education and health will declare elementary and middle school physical education in the Master of Arts program but must also consult with the Office of Teacher Education for admission to the teacher education program and addition 20 hours of directed coursework.  Any candidate wanting to pursue the teaching license must communicate directly with the Office of Teacher Education during the first semester as a Master of Arts student to be on track for timely completion of the teacher licensure option.

    Exercise Science, Physical Education, and Wellness Catalog

  • 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

  • Overview

    The Instructional Leadership (INSL) online program prepares graduate candidates seeking licensure for positions as school administrators in the state of Tennessee.

    Instructional Leadership Catalog

  • 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

      Requirement for the INSL admissions process INSL Prospective Candidate Form

    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

  • Overview

    The MS program’s technical content and research component prepares the individual to enter the profession with advanced engineering skills.

    Graduate students pursuing the MS degree develop a program of study tailored to their objectives and complete a master’s thesis. Research topics in the areas of electric field-based processes and systems, biological engineering processes and systems, molecularly-based engineered materials and interfacial systems, and computational mathematics are among those available.

    Non-Thesis Option
    The M.S. in Chemical Engineering with non-thesis option requires a minimum of 34 credit hours in coursework and is defined as follows:

    Degree Requirements    
    Core Required Course: 1 hours
    Advisor Approved Electives*: 30 hours
    Non-Thesis Project Course: 3 hours
    Total Requirements - Non-Thesis Option: 34 hours
    * Advisor Approved Elective courses may be selected from CHE 5000, 6000, 7000 level courses

    Thesis Option
    The M.S. in Chemical Engineering with the Thesis Option is a 30 hour degree program and is defined as follows:

    Degree Requirements
    Advisor Approved Electives*: 24 hours
    Thesis Research Hours: 6 hours
    Total Requirements - Thesis Option: 30 hours

    Chemical Engineering Catalog

  • 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

  • Overview

    The goal of the MS program is to provide the strong academic programs necessary to prepare students to become educated members of society who can join and make significant contributions to the civil engineering profession.

    This is accomplished by allowing MS graduate students to specialize in specific engineering topics through advanced and in-depth studies in these topics; by providing guidance to students in fundamental and applied research; by helping them to develop powers of analysis, synthesis and critical thinking; and by preparing outstanding graduate students to continue academic and research careers through doctoral-level studies.

    The department offers the Master of Science Degree in Civil Engineering with concentrations in environmental engineering, structural engineering, and transportation engineering.

    Thesis Option
    An MSCE program of study with thesis option requires a minimum of 31 semester hours of graduate-level coursework which are on the program of study approved by the student’s graduate advisory committee, including one semester hour of CEE 6910 - CEE Graduate Seminar, and a minimum of six (6) hours of thesis completed under the supervision of the graduate advisor (31 hours). At least 15 credit hours of graduate coursework must be CEE courses. The required thesis should document the student’s research to the satisfaction of both the student’s graduate advisory committee and the Graduate School. The student must also successfully defend his/her thesis before the graduate advisory committee. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is also required. Other departmental requirements may apply.

    Degree Requirements
    Core Required Course: 1 hour
    Concentration Area Requirement*: 15 hours
    Advisor Approved Electives*: 9 hours
    Research Requirement: 6 hours
    Degree Total Requirements: 31 hours

    Non-Thesis Option
    An MSCE program of study with non-thesis option requires a minimum of 34 credit hours of graduate course work, as specified in the student’s approved Program of Study. The program of study shall include 30 semester hours of graduate-level coursework, one semester hour of CEE 6910 - CEE Graduate Seminar, and three (3) semester hours for CEE 6980 Special Topics (Project Work) course. At least 15 credit hours of graduate coursework exclusive of CEE 6980 must be CEE courses. The Special Topics course will demonstrate the student’s capability to engage in independent learning. Non-thesis MSCE students will have to submit a project report on CEE 6980, present the project results, and pass an oral comprehensive exam. Other departmental requirements may apply.

    Degree Requirements
    Core Required Course: 1 hour
    Concentration Area Requirement*: 15 hours
    Advisor Approved Electives*: 15 hours
    Design Requirement: 3 hours
    Total Degree Requirements: 34 hours

    Civil Engineering Catalog

  • 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

  • Overview

    Our MS degree program in Computer Science is driven by three distinct needs that are fueled by the growth in training needed for technological companies, research labs, and civil service. These needs include:

    • Opportunities for undergraduate students to engage in advanced studies and research before entering the workforce,
    • Opportunities for personnel from surrounding industries to upgrade their professional skills, and
    • A strong academic program that prepares graduates to pursue a terminal (PhD) degree in Computer Science.
     
    To meet the needs listed above, we have established the following program objectives and learning outcomes for our MS program:

    Program objectives:

    CS MS graduates will have the technical competence needed to engage in successful careers in industry, research, and public service. 
    CS MS graduates will have the skills needed for effective technical communication.  
    CS MS graduates will have the ability pursue independent lifelong learning.
    The program will maintain an appropriate minimum graduation rate by averaging at least five MS graduates per year. 
    Learning outcomes: 

    CS MS graduates will demonstrate a breadth of knowledge across the discipline of computer science including both the practice and theory of computer science. 
    CS MS graduates will demonstrate a depth of knowledge in their chosen area of specialization. 
    CS MS graduates will demonstrate knowledge of techniques, synthesis, and application of computer science research. 

    Computer Science Catalog

  • 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

  • Overview

    The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers advanced studies leading to the Master of Science degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Engineering with specialization in Electrical and Computer Engineering. The goals of the MS program are to prepare graduates with advanced engineering and research skills and state-of-the-art knowledge in selected areas for positions in industry and for advanced studies towards the Ph.D. The MS-ECE degree program can be pursued with either a thesis option or a non-thesis option.

    The departmental faculty have expertise in the following areas of electrical engineering: circuits and signal processing; control, robotics and instrumentation, digital systems, computers, and VLSI circuit design; nuclear engineering; physical phenomenon and lasers; electric power; and telecommunications, wireless communications and networking. Graduate students may carry out their research for their thesis/dissertation in any one (1) of the above areas under the supervision of a faculty member having expertise in that area. Faculty advisors assist graduate students in developing individual programs of study depending on their career goals and thesis/dissertation research interests. The student’s advisory committee assists the student in the development and execution of the program of study and monitors and evaluates the student’s work towards the degree.

    Many departmental faculty members actively participate in research related to the three Centers of Excellence operated within the University: two within the College of Engineering and one under the Office of Research & Economic Development. The resources and facilities of the Centers greatly enhance the graduate program of the Department.

    Electrical & Computer Engineering Catalog

  • 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

  • Overview

    The Master of Science in Engineering Management (MSEM) is a 100% online,  interdisciplinary program of study 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 will be taught by expert faculty in both related fields.

    The Master of Science in Engineering Management is a 33 hour program. Students will complete a business core of courses and engineering core as follows:

    Core Business Courses: 12 hours
    Core Engineering Courses: 21 hours
    Total Degree Requirements: 33 hours

    Engineering Management Catalog

  • 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.  This program is 100% online. 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 that is 100% online.  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

  • Overview

    The Mechanical Engineering Department offers courses and research projects leading to the Master of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and enthusiastically participates in the Doctor of Philosophy Degree offered in the College for those doctoral students focusing their work in the mechanical engineering area. The MS program is administered by the Department and the Ph.D. program is administered by the Associate Dean of Engineering for Graduate Studies and Research. Both degrees are research-oriented.

    Participation in graduate education is consistent with the Mechanical Engineering Department’s goals and objectives which are:

    to provide quality instructional programs and research experiences in mechanical engineering subjects that are at a level of sophistication compatible with professional norms;
    to maintain a competent, dynamic faculty, expert in the various facets of mechanical engineering that strive to motivate the student and that practices effective educational techniques;
    and to provide instructional and research facilities, equipped with up-to-date apparatus, which are conducive to the education of mechanical engineering graduate students.
    A graduate student may customize his/her graduate courses in one of several areas subject to the approval of his/her graduate advisory committee. Areas of specialty include energy systems (including alternate and renewable), robotics and intelligent systems, solid mechanics and materials, thermal fluid science, vehicle systems (including hybrid and autonomous), vibrations/acoustics/dynamics and control, and advanced manufacturing. Graduate course offerings are offered each semester to meet the needs of the graduate students. Graduate students may carry out their research for their thesis/dissertation in any one of the aforementioned areas under the supervision of a faculty member, having expertise in that area, who is also a member of the graduate faculty, . Individual programs of study are developed for each student depending on his/her career goals and thesis research interest.

    Faculty advisors assist graduate students in the development of their individual programs of study depending on their career goals and thesis/dissertation interests. The advisor chairs the student’s advisory committee. The student’s advisory committee guides the student through degree progression and is responsible for monitoring the student’s work to complete the degree requirement.

    The research and graduate education within the College are enhanced by four Centers of Excellence: the Center for Energy Systems Research (CESR); the Center for Manufacturing Research (CMR); Cybersecurity Education, Research and Outreach Center (CEROC); and the Center for the Management, Utilization, and Protection of Water Resources (WC). The Mechanical Engineering Department is highly involved with the first two. Faculty actively interact with the Power and Manufacturing Centers in seeking external funding for research. The Centers complement the faculty efforts by supporting graduate students and via administrative support. The interaction involves a strengthening through sharing of resources and personnel.

    Mechanical Engineering Catalog

  • 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

  • Overview

    Population growth, pollution, and limited natural resources, result in increasingly topical environmental issues. The Professional Science Master’s with a concentration in Environmental Informatics degree program effectively prepares you for a career dedicated to sustaining Earth’s resources for future generations.

    There are increasing numbers of career opportunities for professionals with this degree. Environmental scientists and technicians are required to meet increasing demands placed on companies as worldwide awareness of environmentalism increases. Statistics show many professionals in this field will soon be retiring, leaving space for the next generation of environmentalists.

    The program is designed for graduates of approved natural resources undergraduate programs (e.g., environmental biology, environmental chemistry, environmental engineering, water resources engineering, geology, environmental agriculture, environmental management, etc.).

    Degree Requirements
     
    The Professional Science Master’s degree in Environmental Informatics is a 33 hour degree program. The degree requirements include:

    Required Business Courses: 12 hours
    Concentration Course Requirements: 18 hours
    Advisor Guided Electives: 3 hours
    Total Degree Requirements: 33 hours

    Environmental Informatics Catalog

  • 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

  • Overview

    The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is designed to affordably and flexibly meet the needs of working adults who are not generally served by traditional methods. This unique program is taught by professors who are best suited to help you develop the skills necessary to excel in your career field and this program is offered completely online and available 24/7.

    The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) – This graduate professional studies degree consists of 30 hours of interdisciplinary coursework. 

    This degree is available in several concentration areas and offers students the chance to complete a graduate certificate within each of the concentration areas:

    Healthcare Administration—provides the healthcare professional with leadership and strategic management tools to lead and serve one of the nation’s largest service industries. The focus of the program is to provide the healthcare professional with the opportunity to develop important skills in healthcare, leadership, finance, informatics, research and administration in the various components of healthcare delivery systems that include hospitals, nursing homes, group medical practices, personal care homes, retirement centers, health maintenance organizations, medical sales, and insurance companies. A graduate certificate is available in Healthcare Informatics for the Healthcare Administration students.

    Human Resources Leadership—prepares you for a leadership role in the area of human resources. The interdisciplinary approach is appropriate because of the many skills and knowledge areas that are needed for success in this field.

    Public Safety—provides the public safety professional with leadership and strategic management tools to lead and serve in one of the nations growing professions.

    Strategic Leadership—prepares you to lead in today’s rapidly changing professional environment. The interdisciplinary approach focuses on the areas of leadership, communication, strategic planning and assessment, organizational structure and research/data analysis.

    Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)—prepares you to meet an ongoing demand for both initial preparation and continuing education for individuals who plan to teach or a currently teaching English as a second/foreign language in various educational settings.

    Training and Development—equips leaders for the growing and evolving field of workplace learning and performance. The program will prepare you to manage, deliver and assess on-site performance-based training, instructional design, and address the needs of human resource managers and other professionals who are increasingly relying on technology to deliver workforce education.

    Corporate Communication - prepares you to excel in the fast-paced professional environment that surrounds the communication field.  This program strengthens the corporate leader in developing organizational and interpersonal communication skills and leadership skills.

    Media and Strategic Communication - prepares you to lead in the exciting field are of media and communication.  The professional will acquire skills in the area of event planning and promotion, public relations, marketing, and other key communication areas.

    In addition, the MPS program offers a 15 hour Graduate Certificate within each concentration area allowing students to achieve an additional milestone en route to their degree.

    Masters of Professional Studies Catalog

  • 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.)

  • Overview

    The Master of Science in Nursing Degree (MSN) is delivered following the standard protocol established for the delivery of online courses and programs. This program will prepare nurses to:

    • Teach in a variety of academic and practice settings;
    • Provide advanced nursing care to rural, urban, and underserved populations;
    • Practice in collaborative and interdisciplinary relationships;
    • Assume positions of leadership in the health care delivery system;
    • Contribute to the current and evolving body of nursing science; and
    • Continue study at the doctoral level.

    The purposes of the MSN Program are:

    • To increase access to graduate nursing education, especially for those nurses aspiring to teach in entry level nursing programs, manage professional practice work settings, and practice as advanced clinicians in a changing health care delivery system.
    • To maximize the effective use of technology for delivery of graduate-level instruction. Distance delivery through the use of technology will increase access to graduate education, especially in remote areas of the state and for practicing nurses for whom time flexibility is a critical resource.
    • To provide student access to web-based courses and degree programs. Web-based courses will reach populations not currently enrolled in graduate education, and will also permit students who are currently enrolled in on-campus courses to take additional courses, thus completing their programs sooner.

    The following concentrations are available in the MSN program:
    Family Nurse Practitioner
    Advanced Practice 
    Nursing Administration
    Nursing Education
    Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

    Nursing Catalog

  • 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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