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.

Degree Seeking
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
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
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.

Applicants who have been admitted to another regionally accredited graduate school where they completed 12 or more semester hours of graded graduate work with a GPA of 3.00 or better may be exempted from the 2.50 undergraduate grade-point-average requirement.

Conditional
A student may be granted conditional admission status subject to the following conditions:

  1. The student must meet the specified minimum graduate qualifying examination score requirement for the school in which the student intends to enroll.
  2. The student must meet one of the following minimal GPA requirements on a 4.00 scale unless the graduated at least five years before the semester for which admission is being requested:
    1. Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
    2. Sr Yr GPA—a 3.00 GPA on the last 30 semester hours attempted in the baccalaureate degree (all work will be computed for the number of semesters necessary to total the last 30 semester hours),

      or

    3. a 3.00 GPA on the Sr Yr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses.

Applicants admitted as conditional students may take only 12 hours of graduate coursework as a conditional student, including any hours attempted as an unclassified student in the same degree program. Conditional students must earn at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA for the 12 hours before they can move to unconditional status. Subject to the recommendation of the school’s graduate committee, courses taken as a non-degree student may be applied to the 12 hours limitation--if specified at the time conditional admission is granted. For M.Ac. and M.B.A. students, no more than 6 of the 12 hours may be elective credit.

Unclassified
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 offered. 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 UT Martin coursework taken beginning with admission to the second degree program (plus the hours attempted and quality points for any UT Martin courses taken prior to admission and used to satisfy requirements for the second degree). NOTE: The current M.S.Ed. with a Major in Teaching replaces the former M.S.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction; the M.S.Ed. with a Major in Counseling replaces the former M.S.Ed. in Educational Psychology & Guidance.

Non-Degree
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:

  1. Cum GPA—at least a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree (4.00 scale), or
  2. Sr Yr GPA—at least a 3.00 GPA on the last 30 semester hours attempted in the baccalaureate degree (all work will be computed for the number of semesters necessary to total the last 30 semester hours), or
  3. at least a 3.00 GPA on the Sr Yr plus any post baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses, or
  4. completed a graduate degree from an accredited institution, or
  5. applicants not meeting any of the above requirements must have the minimum graduate qualifying examination score and approval of the graduate committee in the intended major. College of Business and Public Affairs applicants must meet the school’s minimal qualifying formula score (950 based on Cum GPA or 1000 based on Sr Yr GPA).

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:

  1. meet the school's graduate qualifying examination minimum score, and
  2. receive approval of the school's graduate committee, and
  3. have a bachelor's degree with a 2.50 Cum GPA (2.70 for Education unconditional) and a 3.00 GPA in graduate work attempted, or
  4. have a bachelor's degree with a 3.00 Sr Yr GPA and a 3.00 average on graduate work attempted at UT Martin.

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.

Transient Students
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. Enrollment as a transient student in any subsequent semeter requires reapplication (no additional application fee required) and an official letter from the applicant's degree granting institution affirming that the student is enrolled in a graduate degree program and remains in good standing. A maximum of 12 UT Martin semester hours may be accumulated while enrolled as a transient student.

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.

Auditors

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 Office of Academic Records (901-587-7053).

Faculty Members

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:

  1. Any faculty member who is applying for a graduate degree program in the same department or nondepartmentalized school in which he or she holds academic rank; and
  2. Any member of the UT Martin central administration above the position of director.


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