Types of Admission
All applicants must have an earned bachelor's degree. (Exceptions: see "Second Master's Degree" and "Seniors Taking Graduate Course Work.") Applicants must meet the university requirements for admission as either degree seeking or non-degree graduate students. They must also meet the admission requirements for the school in which they intend to pursue graduate work, which may exceed the university's minimum requirements.
This is for applicants who want to obtain a master's degree from UT Martin. Degree seeking applicants who do not already have an advanced degree must meet the minimum GPA and qualifying examination requirements specified below for the unconditional, conditional, or unclassified category.
Preliminary admission is available to degree-seeking applicants who are currently enrolled in their final semester for a baccalaureate degree at an American university/college. The Graduate Studies Office must have received official qualifying exam score(s) which equal or exceed the minimum requirement, current transcript (official or unofficial) from the institution they are currently attending, and one official transcript from any other colleges/universities attended previously.
Upon receipt of these materials, the Graduate Studies Office will calculate the cumulative GPA based on all coursework completed prior to the current semester. If the applicant meets all university and school requirements, a preliminary admission letter will be sent.
Unconditional admission requires at least a 2.50 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree (4.00 scale) from a regionally accredited college or university and an acceptable graduate qualifying examination score, which may vary depending on the applicant's GPA, as specified in the admission requirements of the school in which the student intends to pursue graduate work.
A student may be granted conditional admission status subject to the following conditions:
Applicants admitted as conditional students may take only two approved graduate courses as a conditional student. Conditional students must earn at least a "B" in each approved course before they can declare a major and move to unconditional status. Subject to the recommendation of the school's graduate committee, courses taken as a non-degree or unclassified student may be used to satisfy this limitation.
Applicants for degree seeking status who meet the minimum gpa requirements for conditional admission but can not provide a satisfactory official qualifying exam score may be granted unclassified admission. Unclassified students may enroll for one semester only and for a maximum of six semester hours. They are subject to the same academic continuation requirements as conditional students (see above).
Continued enrollment as a degree seeking student after the initial semester is subject to satisfactory completion of the requirements for conditional or unconditional admission in place when the student desires to re-enroll. If the student can not satisfy the conditional admission requirements, future enrollment must be in the non-degree category. The student must sign a form acknowledging this change in admission status.
A maximum of 6 graduate semester hours (with at least a "B" in each course) taken as an unclassified and/or non-degree student may be applied toward a degree, subject to the six-year time limit for completion of a degree.
Second Master's Degree
Applicants for admission to graduate study who have received an advanced degree from a regionally accredited college or university are subject to individual review by the appropriate Graduate Program Coordinator, the Dean of the academic unit to which they seek admission, and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Admission can be either unconditional or conditional. EXCEPTION: Applicants who already have a UT Martin master's degree will automatically be accepted if applying for a degree offered by the same school as the earlier degree.
A student may obtain a second master's degree in any of the programs we offer. Courses applied toward the first degree, however, may not be applied toward the second degree. Students will take graduate electives approved by the advisor instead of repeating the required courses. The total hours for the second degree will not be reduced and a second comprehensive exam must be taken. For students seeking a second degree, cumulative GPA for the second degree is based on UTM coursework taken beginning with admission to the second degree program (plus the hours attempted and quality points for any UTM courses taken prior to admission and used to satisfy requirements for the second degree). NOTE: The current MSED with a Major in Teaching replaces the former MSED in Curriculum & Instruction; the MSED with a Major in Counseling replaces the former MSED in Educational Psychology & Guidance.
In order to serve the educational needs of individuals who wish to undertake graduate study without pursuing a degree, applicants with an earned degree may be admitted as non-degree students if they have:
Non-degree students must meet all course prerequisites and receive permission to register for the course from the appropriate graduate coordinator(s).
If a non-degree student later wishes to pursue a degree, the student must:
Upon admission to a graduate degree program, a maximum of 6 semester hours of graduate credit (with at least a "B" in each course) earned as a non-degree and/or unclassified student may be accepted in a degree program. If a student is admitted into a degree program from non-degree status, the date of the earliest course approved for graduate credit will be used as the beginning of the six-year time limit toward completion.
A student who has been admitted to a master's degree program at another institution (whether matriculated or not) and who wishes to take courses for transfer to that institution may be admitted as a transient student upon receipt of an application for admission, application fee, and an official letter verifying that the student is enrolled in a graduate degree program and is in good standing at the other institution.
The transient classification is valid for one semester only.
Seniors Taking Graduate Course Work
A senior at The University of Tennessee at Martin who needs less than 30 semester hours to complete the requirements for a bachelor's degree and has at least a B (3.00) cumulative average, may take sufficient work for graduate credit to make a combined total of undergraduate and graduate credit hours of not more than 15 per semester, subject to the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies. Business courses may only be taken if a student meets all undergraduate prerequisite course requirements and has at least a 3.50 cumulative average along with a minimum score of 500 on the GMAT.
Approval must be obtained each semester at registration through the Graduate Studies Office. No more than 8 semester hours of graduate credit may be taken by eligible seniors. Students wishing to apply graduate courses taken as a senior toward a master's degree program should consult the appropriate graduate program coordinator before registering for the courses.
The student must complete a graduate application for admission and pay the application fee.
Graduate Students Taking Graduate Courses in Other Graduate Programs
Students admitted to graduate degree programs at The University of Tennessee at Martin may under certain conditions choose graduate elective hours from courses designed primarily for another degree program. In order to enroll in a course offered primarily for another degree program, the student must have (1) prerequisites for the course offered, (2) been recommended by the graduate degree coordinator of the student's degree program, and (3) been accepted by the graduate degree coordinator of the program offering the course.
Students may audit courses subject to the approval of the advisor and of the instructor whose class is visited. Instructors have the authority to drop a student who is auditing if the student does not satisfy the requirements as outlined by the instructor when permission is granted to audit a course. Auditors may take part in laboratory or field work only by permission of the instructor, consistent with departmental policy.
For information concerning the special fee policy for totally disabled and/or senior citizens who wish to enroll in courses for non-credit, contact the Records Office (901-881-7053).
Faculty members may be admitted to the Graduate School through regular procedures. However, the following persons may not be admitted to a graduate degree program from The University of Tennessee at Martin: