Apply for Admission
Important Info** BEFORE PREPARING A GRADUATE SCHOOL APPLICATION, PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION BELOW CAREFULLY. **
All students desiring to enroll for graduate study must apply through the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. Admission to the Graduate School permits the applicant to enroll in graduate courses for which the applicant is prepared, but does not imply that the applicant will be approved for admission to a degree program or to candidacy for a graduate degree.
You may apply using a paper application or an on-line application. All forms, inquiries, and correspondence regarding admission to the Graduate School should be directed to:
Office of Graduate Studies and Research
To ensure consideration for admission to the Graduate School, the application and other required documents must be postmarked by these priority deadlines*:
- Fall Admission: July 1
Non-Degree Seeking/Certificate Students
- Fall Admission: August 15
*Applicants Currently Residing Outside the U.S.
Fall Admission: April 1
*Applicants Currently Residing in the U.S.
- Fall Admission: June 1
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
An application for admission on the approved application form (paper-based or on-line) accompanied by a $35 non-refundable application fee.
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.
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 (5) 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 an official transcript 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 Degree Programs.
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.)
In addition to other requirements, international students must submit evidence of English proficiency. Acceptable scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) should send 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 program specific 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. Complete requirements can be found on our International Graduate Student webpage.
APPEALS/PETITIONS FOR ADMISSION
APPEAL/PETITION PROCESS FOR: ADMISSION DECISION, READMISSION FOLLOWING SUSPENSION, RETENTION IN DEGREE PROGRAM, TIME EXTENSION FOR COMPLETING DEGREE REQUIREMENTS.
Students should complete the Appeal/Petition Form provided by the Graduate School, and submit to the Advisor/Coordinator. The signed form will be given to the Graduate Council Appeals Committee for review and recommendation. The Graduate Dean's decision is final. (Note: Admission Decision Appeals are submitted directly to the Graduate School.)