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Graduate Students

Admission to Graduate School is open to anyone holding a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university.

 

Applicants with bachelor’s degrees from non-regionally accredited institutions will be reviewed individually. If additional coursework is required to meet the university’s minimum accreditation standards for graduation, it will be specified at the time of admission. A foreign degree must be equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor’s degree and must be accredited by its regional or national accreditation agency or Ministry of Higher Education.

Applicants should have completed undergraduate or graduate work of sufficient quality and scope to enable them to successfully pursue graduate study. TBR universities offer equal educational opportunity to all persons, without regard to race, religion, sex, age, creed, color, national origin, or physical handicap.

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Admissions Process

Students are admitted to the Graduate School through a cooperative effort of the Graduate School and the departments, colleges, and schools of the university. When the Graduate School receives the student's application material, an official file is established and reviewed. The department then reviews the application file and makes a recommendation to the Graduate School. The Graduate School notifies applicants as soon as a decision has been reached.

Applicants must meet admissions criteria established by the Graduate School before enrollment in graduate courses. They may also be required to meet additional standards set by the department or college. Students should refer to the institution’s Graduate Catalog or website for program specific entrance exam requirements, program addresses, deadlines and additional information.

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

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Timeframe for Acceptance

Program deadlines and admissions requirements vary from institution to institution. Applicants are urged to apply early (at least three months prior) to ensure full consideration. Once a complete application package is received by the institution, applicants should expect the acceptance process to take three to six weeks. International applicants should allow at least four months for the application process.

Graduate School Application Deadlines for US Residents
Institution Fall
Semester
Spring
Semester
Summer
Semester
APSU August 15 December 18 May 23
ETSU June 1 November 1 March 15
MTSU June 1 October 1 March 1
TSU July 1 November 1 May 1
TTU July 1 November 1 May 1
UofM July 1 December 1 May 1

Note: International graduate application deadlines are earlier.

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General Graduate School Admissions Requirements

All graduate school applicants must complete the two steps shown below.

  1. Submit an application for admission accompanied by a non-refundable application fee, unless previously paid. Applications are not processed until the fee is paid.
  2. Submit official transcripts from each undergraduate or graduate institution attended, except for coursework previously taken at the institution where the applicant is applying for admission. Transcripts must be obtained from the institution’s Registrar in sealed envelopes and attached to the application. Applications will not be considered without all transcripts. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is typically required, however, some programs have a higher GPA requirement.

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Program Specific Admission Requirements

In addition to the general graduate school admissions requirements (shown above), applicants may also be required to meet additional requirements set by the department, school or college.

Those requirements may include some but not all of the following submissions:

  1. Satisfactory official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) tests sent by the testing service. The GRE, MAT or GMAT result is used in the evaluation of the academic qualifications of all graduate applicants. However, admission decisions will be based on the overall academic record of the applicant (compared with other applicants being considered), as well as other relevant materials such as letters of recommendation.
  2. Letters of reference, supplemental application, resume, personal essay, portfolio, proficiency exam, prerequisite courses and professional licensing may be required by the graduate program. Refer to the relevant graduate program information section of the institution’s catalog or website to determine specific program requirements.

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International Student Admission Requirements

In addition to the general graduate school admissions and program specific requirements (shown above), international students may have to submit the following documentation:

  1. Language Proficiency Exam Scores – Applicants whose native language is not English must submit test scores from an approved English Language Exam Service (TOEFL, PTE-Academic, IELTS, FLS, ELS, TOEIC, CEFR, SLEP) that shows evidence of English proficiency. Minimum test scores accepted vary from institution to institution. If the applicant has a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution or from a country whose official language is English, exam scores are not required.
  2. Official or attested university records, with certified translations (if the records are not in English) are required. Notarized copies are not acceptable.
  3. Any applicant whose highest degree is from a university outside the United States may be required to have his or her credentials evaluated by an acceptable evaluation service. A course-by-course report is required.

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