Admission Process


You may apply using a paper application or on-line application. All forms, inquires, and correspondence regarding admission to the Graduate School should be directed to:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
Tennessee State University - Avon Williams Campus
330 Tenth Avenue North
Nashville, TN 37203

Telephone inquires may be made at (615) 963-7371, and e-mail inquiries at


To ensure consideration for admission to the Graduate School, the application and other required documents must be postmarked by these priority deadlines*:

Priority application deadlines for all programs, except Biological Sciences, Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, M.S., Criminal Justice, Nursing, Psychology, Ph.D., Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech Pathology:

Fall Semester                                       July 1

Spring Semester                                  November 1

Summer Semester                               April 1

Priority application deadlines for international applicants:

Fall Semester                                       July 1

Spring Semester                                 November 1

Summer Semester                               April 1

Submission of complete applications by the above priority deadlines will insure consideration by the admission committees.

For the following programs, all application documents must be submitted by the deadline indicated below to be considered by the admission committees.

Criminal Justice:

Fall Semester                                       June 15

Spring Semester                                  November 1

Summer Semester                               April 15


Summer Admission                              March 15

Spring Admission                                 November 15

Fall Admission                                     July 15

Speech Pathology:

Fall Admission Only                           February 1

Biological Sciences Doctoral Program:

Fall Admission only                            March 15

Occupational Therapy:                       February 15

Physical Therapy:                              October 1


Doctoral Program:

Fall Admission Only                           December 1

 Masters Psychology

Fall Admission Only                           February 1

Professional School Counseling (M.S.)                                            

Fall Admission Only                           February 1

*Priority Application Deadlines: Submission of complete applications by these deadlines will ensure consideration by the admission committees. Applications are processed continuously based on date of submission. 


  1. An application for admission on the approved application form (online or paper) accompanied by a $35.00 non-refundable application fee.
  2. A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university which offers undergraduate programs which are prerequisites for the degree program at Tennessee State University.
  3. Official transcripts from the registrar(s) of all colleges and universities attended (including Tennessee State University) sent to the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Official transcripts must be received before application for admission will be reviewed.


Note: Consult the Graduate School Web site ( for any changes in admissions standards approved after the preparation of this Catalog.



Most programs require acceptable scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or other test, as specified by Tennessee State University, before admission or during the first semester of graduate study. See programs for specific score requirements. Test scores must not be more than six (6) years old. Official scores on admissions tests must be sent from the testing service. In addition, all program admission requirements indicated in the Graduate Catalog must be met (e.g., letters of recommendation, personal essay, prerequisite courses, resume, etc). Some programs require supplemental applications. 


A non-refundable fee of $35.00 must be submitted at the time of application for admission to each degree. This fee is payable by check or money order made payable to Tennessee State University, or by credit card. No application will be processed unless accompanied by the application fee. Applicants for Readmission are not required to pay the fee unless seeking a higher degree.


All applicants, whether degree-seeking or not, must submit official transcripts of all post-secondary work, including TSU, with the application. These transcripts must be obtained from the registrar of your college or university in sealed envelopes and attached to your application.


Degree seeking applicants must be specific in indicating their proposed degrees and graduate majors. Please see the listing for the curriculum in which you wish to study. See GRADUATE PROGRAM INFORMATION .


The social security number is required for identification purposes. Applicants who do not have a social security number must obtain it from the Social Security Office before submitting this application. (This requirement does not apply to international students.)


In addition to other requirements, international students must submit evidence of English proficiency. The Educational Testing Service (ETS) should send results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to the Graduate School. If the applicant has a bachelor's degree from a U.S. institution, or from a country whose official language is English, TOEFL scores are not required. All international applicants are required to submit acceptable test scores (GRE, MAT, GMAT, etc.) to the Graduate School prior to admission. Applicants must also certify that financial arrangements for support have been made. International applicants must submit official transcripts or authorized school records with a listing of courses and grades received; applicants must furnish transcript(s) evaluated by an international educational credential agency. (Click here for more information about World Education Services)

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