Admission Process

BEFORE PREPARING A GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION, PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW CAREFULLY.

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 the School of Graduate Studies and Research, Tennessee State University, 3500 John A. Merritt Blvd., Nashville, TN 37209-1561. Telephone inquires may be made at (615) 963-5901, and e-mail inquiries at gradschool@tnstate.edu.


DEADLINES

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

July 1                                Fall Admission
November 1                      Spring Admission
April 1                               Summer Admission

Specific programs may have earlier deadlines. Some programs make once a year admission decisions. Please refer to Graduate Application Deadlines, and contact departments for program admission requirements.

*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. 


GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

  1. An application for admission on the approved application form (paper-based or on-line) accompanied by a $25 non-refundable application fee.
  2. A baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university which offers programs that are prerequisites for the degree program at Tennessee State University.
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended, indicating the year in which the Bachelor's degree was awarded.

DEGREE PROGRAM ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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. 


APPLICATION FEE

A non-refundable fee of $25.00 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.


COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS

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 AND MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY

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 .


SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER

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.)


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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