The University welcomes applications from individuals qualified for graduate study. Admission to graduate studies at Middle Tennessee State University is two-fold, entailing both admission to the College of Graduate and, in the case of degree-seeking students, admission to an individual academic program. Every applicant initially applies to the College of Graduate Studies. Upon receipt of all required materials, and assuming the applicant meets the admission standards of the College of Graduate Studies, the application is then forwarded to the individual program for consideration. Applications for admission should be completed online (http://www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php). Paper applications are available from the College of Graduate Studies. Note: In accepting admission to the College of Graduate Studies, a graduate student assumes responsibility for knowing and complying with the regulations and procedures set forth in the graduate catalog, as well as any amendments or revisions which may ensue.
Graduate applicants must have earned a bachelor's degree. Exceptions are those seeking the Doctorate or Specialist degrees, which may require a prior master's degree.
Applicants admitted to graduate programs as degree-seeking students are those working toward a graduate degree. Degree-seeking students must be recommended for admission by the graduate program/department and approved by the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
Students not seeking a degree are classified as non-degree students. Non-degree students must be admitted to the College of Graduate Studies. They are not admitted into a specific program. Non-degree students may take courses for a reasonable period of time, as determined by the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
Note: Non-degree seeking students are not permitted to enroll in graduate courses in the Jennings A. Jones College of Business.
All applicants to the College of Graduate Studies must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale) to be considered for unconditional admission (see also conditional admission). Applicants who attended graduate school at another institution must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on all graduate work and a minimum of 2.75 on all undergraduate work to be considered for unconditional admission. International students on an F-1 visa must meet requirements for unconditional admission.
Individual programs may have higher admission requirements than those of the College of Graduate Studies. Applicants should consult the programs for individual program admission requirements. Additionally, individual programs determine which graduate test they require, such as the GRE, GMAT, or MAT.
While the College of Graduate Studies in general does not have an application deadline, we do impose a submission date each semester to ensure that our coordinators have sufficient time to process your application. Therefore, persons applying after the submission date may be subject to a late registration fee. Submission dates may be found here. Be advised that some programs do enforce admittance deadlines. Check with your desired program for these dates.
All students must submit official transcripts of all college work, three letters of recommendation (if required) and test scores. (Some programs have additional requirements.) A $35 application fee is required when applying online. If the transcripts are issued from an international (non-U.S.) institution, a course-by-course analysis is required. Evaluation services may be located here. Original non-U.S. transcripts should be submitted directly to the evaluation service.
Once all of the required materials are submitted, it is up to the individual programs to decide whether or not they wish to admit the student. Programs may admit or reject a student for whatever reasons they see fit. Because one program has rejected you does not mean you cannot apply to another program.
If the program recommends admission, the paperwork is then returned to the College of Graduate Studies office and an official letter of admission is sent to the student. Students may check admission status by going through PipelineMT.
Once you are enrolled as a graduate student, you are required to maintain an overall 3.0 GPA in your graduate credit course work to remain in good academic standing.
PLEASE NOTE: Applications may take up to 1 month to process.
All applicants wishing to pursue a graduate degree objective at MTSU must formally apply for admission to the College of Graduate Studies as degree-seeking students.
At least three months prior to the anticipated date of registration, all degree-seeking applicants must submit the following materials to the College of Graduate Studies:
- If the applicant obtained the bachelor's degree at another
institution, that transcript is required. Transcripts of work not posted on the baccalaureate
are also required. All post-baccalaureate transcripts are also required.
- If the applicant earned a graduate degree at another institution,
that transcript is also required. Transcripts of all post-baccalaureate work not appearing
graduate transcript are also required.
- For international applicants, official or attested university
records, with certified translations (if the records are not in English) are required.
Notarized copies are
not acceptable. (See below).
- 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. A list of acceptable evaluation services is listed on the College of Graduate Studies website
(http://www.mtsu.edu/graduate/international.php); however, all acceptable evaluation services are also listed at www.naces.org/member.htm
4. Letters of reference, resumes, and portfolios may be required by the graduate
program and should be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies. Please refer to
the relevant graduate program for additional information.
5. Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). The GRE, MAT, or GMAT result is based on the evaluation of the academic qualifications of all graduate applications. However, admission decisions will be based on the overall academic record of the application (particularly in comparison with other applicants being accepted into the program), as well as other relevant materials such as letters of recommendation.
|GRE (Graduate Record Exam) general test||The general GRE exam is now given only on computer in the U.S. Students may take the exam at the Sylvan Learning Center most convenient to you. The GRE test code for MTSU is 1466. For more information visit MTSU Testing Services.|
|GMAT (The Graduate Management Admission Test)||The GMAT is required at MTSU for application to the Jennings A. Jones College of Business program and to the Accounting and Information Systems programs. To submit scores to Accounting, use code 6ZR-KJ-63. For Information Systems, use: 6ZR-KJ-37. For our full-time MBA program, submit scores to: 6ZR-KJ-25. For the part-time MBA program, submit scores to: 6ZR-KJ-52. For more information, contact the the MTSU Counseling and Testing Services.|
|MAT (Miller Analogies Test)||The Miller Analogies Test is administered through MTSU's Testing Services Office. The code for submitting scores to MTSU is 1751. For more information visit MTSU Counseling and Testing Services.|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||The TOEFL is administered by Sylvan Learning Centers in a computer-based environment. You may register for the TOEFL by calling 800-468-6335. The code for submitting test scores to MTSU is 1466. Additional information is available and materials may be ordered online at http://www.toefl.org/.|
NOTE: Both ETS and the GRE board have advised that a combined GRE score should not be used
as an absolute cutoff for admissions decisions, but rather should be used as part
of an overall evaluation of applicants. The GRE board statement reads: A cutoff score based only on GRE scores should never be used as a sole criterion for
denial of admission. The College of Graduate Studies subscribes to this principle.
All international applicants who will be attending the University on a visa and who are not native speakers of English (or are not graduates of a United States undergraduate or graduate institution) must supply a minimum score of 525 (paper-based) or 71 (online) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) taken within the last two years; 85 on the University of Michigan English Proficiency Exam (UMELI); 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or have completed level 112 of E.L.S. instruction as a demonstration of English Proficiency.
International applicants on F and J visas must provide verification of financial support prior to admission as required by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. An affidavit of support is not required for admission; however, international students (F1) required issuance of Form I-20 must supply sufficient evidence of financial support for the applicant and all members of his/her family requiring issuance of dependent Form I-20. Further information may be obtained from the International Programs and Services office.
Undocumented aliens may be admitted to MTSU as out-of-state students and are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Each graduate program may have additional requirements including application deadlines. Applicants should review relevant program descriptions for requirements. If applicant fails to meet the deadline for submitting all materials for admission, it will be necessary for the applicant to reapply for admission. All materials submitted will be retained for one year from the date of submission.
An applicant not meeting University or program requirements for admission as a degree-seeking student may appeal to the individual program for special consideration. If recommended for admission by the program, the dean of the College of Graduate Studies has final approval or denial authority.
Upon notification of admission by the College of Graduate Studies to a specific graduate program, the admitted student should contact the director of graduate studies for more information on any required prerequisite courses. It is advisable to speak with a departmental academic advisor before enrolling in any graduate course.
Non-degree student admission is available to qualified applicants who wish to enhance their post-baccalaureate education but do not seek a graduate degree. International students on an F1 visa may not be admitted to graduate study as non-degree students. Applicants wishing to be admitted as non-degree graduate students must:
Not all courses offered at the University are available for non-degree students. Enrollment in specific courses may be limited to degree seeking students only. Information concerning eligibility for specific graduate courses may be obtained from individual departments. It is advisable to speak with a departmental academic advisor before enrolling in any graduate course.
NOTE: Non-degree-seeking students are not permitted to enroll in graduate courses in the Jennings A. Jones college of Business.
Non-degree-seeking students who wish to change to degree-seeking status must meet the College of Graduate Studies' admission requirements and specific graduate program admission requirements to be eligible for consideration.
If transfer to degree-seeking status is approved, appropriate semester hours earned while a non-degree student may be applied toward a degree program if approved by the director of graduate studies and the dean of the College of Graduate Studies. In general, applicants may not apply more than 6 credit hours taken while in non-degree seeking status toward any degree program.
Occasionally degree-seeking applicants may not meet all the requirements necessary to be recommended for unconditional admission. For example, they may have a low undergraduate grade point average or have low test scores. However, the overall application materials may suggest there is substantial potential for academic success, thus making outright denial counterproductive. In these cases, conditional admission into the College of Graduate Studies may be granted by the dean of the College of Graduate Studies upon the recommendation of the graduate program. Continuation as a degree-seeking student within an individual program is contingent upon fulfilling specific requirements stipulated in the conditional admission letter. Conditionally admitted students are not eligible to hold graduate assistantships until all conditions of admission are satisifed.
The College of Graduate Studies should be contacted for all matters concerning readmission.
A previously enrolled student may reapply online on our website (http://www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php). A readmission application is required from any student who missed more than one
semester (excluding summers), regardless of the reason. For non-degree-seeking post-baccalaureate
students, readmission is granted at the discretion of the graduate dean and is subject
to space limitations with degree-seeking students given preference.
For degree-seeking students, each graduate program may have a specific readmission policy and should be contacted for information. Readmission requires the recommendation of the graduate program and approval by the dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Some graduate programs regularly allow readmission for individuals who have missed no more than one semester or if the "stop-out" period is less than one year; others are more restrictive due to program capacity, curriculum, and ongoing quality improvement. Students seeking to be readmitted must meet the requirements of new applicants.
Re-enrollment Following Suspension
Suspended graduate students who wish to resume graduate studies after the period of suspension must reapply to the program. Readmission of a suspended graduate student is not guaranteed. If readmission is granted to a suspended student, re-enrollment cannot occur until at least one term has elapsed following suspension (exclusive of Summer). In other words, if students suspended in the Fall apply to re-enroll, they are not eligible for re-enrollment prior to Summer. Students suspended in the Spring or Summer may apply for re-enrollment in Spring of the following academic year.
A student who chooses to audit a course is one who enrolls and participates in a course without expecting to receive academic credit. The same registration procedure is followed and the same fees charged as for courses taken for credit. An audited course is not applicable to any degree or certificate.
Regular class attendance is expected of an auditor. Students interested in auditing a course should discuss course requirements with the instructor prior to enrolling. Failure to meet course requirements may result in an auditor being removed from the course at the request of the instructor. A successful audit will be recorded on the transcript with the designation NC. Any petition to change from audit to credit or credit to audit must be processed by the last day in the semester in which a class may be added to the student's schedule of classes. Requests to change from credit to audit after the deadlines must be approved by the dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
There are requirements related to health concerns for all students wishing to study at MTSU. The State of Tennessee requires full-time students entering colleges, universities, and technical institutes with enrollment of greater than 200 students to provide proof of two (2) doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine on or after the first birthday, or proof of immunity to measles if date of birth is 1957 or after, prior to the first day of classes of the students' initial attendance. The state of Tennessee also mandates that MTSU provide information concerning Hepatitis B infection and the Meningococcal disease to all students entering MTSU for the first time. All new graduate students will need to electronically sign a waiver form before they can register. This form is located within PipelineMT. For further information concerning these Tennessee Immunization laws, exemptions from compliance and forms, contact Student Health Services.
Students will not be allowed to register for classes until acceptable forms are on file in the Student Health Services Office. More information may be obtained by calling (615) 898-2988.
International students are also required to file a certificate from a licensed U.S. physician or other qualified medical authority, verifying freedom from tuberculosis, within 30 days from the first day of classes. Failure to do so will result in denial of enrollment. In the event that a student either has tuberculosis or has potential tuberculosis requiring treatment, continuing enrollment will be conditional upon the determination by a licensed U.S. physician that such enrollment does not present a risk to others and upon the student's compliance with any medical treatment program. International students should be aware that they much purchase health insurance before they are allowed to enroll.