Master of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources

Admission Requirements

Applicants may be admitted as degree seeking (Unconditional, Conditional, or Unclassified) or non-degree as listed below. Degree seeking applicants must meet the university requirements as listed in the catalog.

Students must have satisfactorily completed prerequisites to advanced courses in the selected areas in agriculture and natural resources. Graduates of curricula other than agriculture and natural resources may have acquired sufficient backgrounds in related science and may be accepted for admission. Each applicant’s request for admission to the program and to specific courses will be evaluated for the need for undergraduate prerequisites. In addition to the requirements below, all applicants for admission must submit the following materials:

  • Statement of purpose for pursuing graduate studies
  • Current resume outlining work experience and training
  • All college transcripts
  • Minimum of two (2) letters of reference from a professor or work supervisor

Unconditional Admission

  1. Cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 AND
  2. Applicant must have earned a B.S. degree in agriculture, natural resources management, park and recreation administration, wildlife science, or business (for Agribusiness and Risk Management concentration only) from a regionally accredited institution AND
  3. Applicant must have a positive review from the Master of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources (MSANR) Graduate Admission Committee.

Conditional Admission

  1. Cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 or senior year/adjusted senior year GPA of 3.0 AND
  2. Applicant must have earned a B.S. degree in agriculture, natural resources management, park and recreation administration, wildlife science, or business (for Agribusiness and Risk Management concentration only) from a regionally accredited institution AND
  3. Applicant must have a positive review from the Master of Science in Agriculture and Natural Resources (MSANR) Graduate Admission Committee.

The committee review includes (a) applicant’s academic record with particular attention to the last two years of undergraduate work and previous graduate studies; (b) quality of work experience and other activities that demonstrate potential for leadership as demonstrated through a current resume; (c) at least two recommendation letters from professors and work supervisors; and (d) statement of purpose for pursuing graduate work. The admission decision is based on all factors that make up the total application.

Unclassified or Non-Degree Admission

Applicants who do not meet requirements for either unconditional or conditional admission may be eligible for unclassified or non-degree admission and must submit all required admission materials. See university requirements listed in the catalog under Types of Admission.

Master of Science in Family and Consumer Science

Admission to the master's program is determined primarily on the basis of the applicant's undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) and score attained on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants for unconditional or conditional admission must meet the university requirements listed in the university catalog and one of the following requirements:

Unconditional Admission

  • Minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA
  • Minimum of GRE score of 280
  • Minimum of 1,400 points total from the following formula: 400 times applicant’s cumulative GPA plus GRE score (Verbal and Quantitative)

Conditional Admission

  • Minimum cumulative 2.50 GPA
  • Minimum of GRE score of 280
  • Meet one of the following conditions:
    • Minimum 1,280 points total from the following formula: 400 times applicant’s cumulative GPA plus GRE score (verbal and Quantitative), OR
    • Minimum 1,480 points total from the following formula: 400 times the applicant’s senior year GPA plus GRE score (Verbal and Quantitative), OR
    • Minimum GRE score of 280 (Verbal and Quantitative) if exempted from the university’s minimum GPA requirement.

Unclassified Admission

Applicants for degree seeking status who meet the minimum GPA requirements for conditional admission but cannot 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 two graduate courses. They must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0. 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 cannot satisfy the conditional admission requirements, future enrollment must be in the non-degree category.

Graduate Programs in Business
  • Completed Application form
  • Current resume including at least two contact references
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended, including transfer work
  • No GMAT/GRE test required if Cumulative GPA of 2.75 or Senior Year GPA of 3.0
Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Admission Requirements

  1. An undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 or a 3.00 in your last 30 credit hours. 
  2. A written statement of professional goals that addresses how the MSCJ would contribute to the achievement of your goals and your strategy for successful academic performance.
  3. Application Fee $40
Master of Science in Education with Major in Counseling

The Counseling Program Admission Committee adheres to the 2016 CACREP Standards in its admission procedure. Specifically, Section 1.L.:

Entry-level admission decision recommendations are made by the academic unit’s selection committee and include consideration of each applicant’s (1) relevance of career goals, (2) aptitude for graduate-level study, (3) potential success in forming effective counseling relationships, and (4) respect for cultural differences.

To assist the Committee in making these decisions, applicants are required to complete the following process.

An online application must be submitted and the following materials will be required in the online application prior to committee review by the Counseling Admissions Board.

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from supervisors, school superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and/or employers. Each letter must provide clear evidence that addresses the candidate’s counseling skills and/or potential which will enable the individual to become a counselor.
  • A two-page typed essay that fully describes the candidate’s skills and experiences relevant to becoming a successful counselor. The candidate must also discuss the perceived personal abilities and attributes that will enable the counseling candidate to become a successful counselor.
  • A resume that fully describes the candidate’s degrees, and importantly, describes the person’s occupational experiences – particularly any counseling experiences obtained.
  • A signed Acknowledgement of On-Campus Residency
  • Documentation of teaching experience for those applying to the School Counseling concentration provided by the applicant’s school system on appropriate letterhead. Applicants without teaching experience must submit a signed Acknowledgement of Teaching Experience.
  • A signed Criminal Background Check acknowledgement form
  • The $40 application fee is paid to GradCAS prior to application submission.
Master of Science in Education in Curriculum and Instruction

Admission Requirements

1. GPA requirement

  • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
  • SrYr 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
  • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).

2. Current Teaching license

Note* A student may be admitted to the Curriculum and Instruction program for one semester with the proof that the recommendation for teaching licensure has been sent to the appropriate state department of education. At the end of the add period for that semester, a Graduate Hold on that student that will prevent registration for additional semesters until verification of the actual teaching license is received.

3. $40 Application Fee *

* Only required for first-time applicants.

Master of Science in Education in Literacy Education

Admission Requirements

GPA requirement

  • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
  • SrYr 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
  • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).

$40 Application Fee

Master of Science in Education in Initial Licensure

Admission Requirements

1. GPA requirement

  • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
  • SrYr 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
  • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).

2. $40 Application Fee

Master of Science in Education in Special Education

Admission Requirements

1. GPA requirement

  • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
  • SrYr 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
  • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).

$40 Application Fee

Master of Science in Education in Higher Education Leadership

Admission Requirements

1. GPA requirement

  • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
  • SrYr 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
  • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).

2. $40 Application Fee

3. GRE not required

Master of Science in Education in Instructional Leadership
Admission Requirements All applicants for Educational Leadership (degree-seeking, non-degree, or endorsement) must also submit the following documents (items 1-9) for review and recommendation from the Educational Leadership (EDLD) Program Admission Committee. GPA requirement Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or SrYr 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 a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00). $40 Application Fee Personal statement of prior experience in leading change. Provide documented evidence to support your claims. Please limit the response to two pages maximum. Current resumé. The Applicant Recommendation Form must be completed and submitted by principal/superintendent and/or former principal/superintendent. The form is available on the Education Graduate Program webpage (http://www.utm.edu/departments/edgrad/forms.php). Copy of current teaching license. Verification of education working experience. Two years of successful education working experience prior to starting the program are required. Signed complete copy of most recent performance appraisal by a state approved evaluation model or similar measure for the past two years. Two letters of recommendation must be from anyone who is familiar with your education working experience. They should address your knowledge and/or understanding of leadership practices that must be performed to be an effective leader. Admission is dependent upon submission of these documents and a positive review by the Program Admission Committee. All required admission documents must be submitted to the Graduate Studies office.
Master of Sport Coaching and Performance

Admission Requirements

Applicants may be admitted as degree seeking (Early, Unconditional or Conditional) or non-degree seeking and must meet the university requirements listed under types of admissions.

Unconditional Admission

  1. Proof of undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or University, and
  2. Cumulative GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Minimum of one year coaching experience, and
  4. Must have coaching access to a team or group of individuals by which to demonstrate course objectives, and
  5. Complete application packet, and
  6. Applicant must have a positive review from the Master of Sport Coaching and Performance Graduate Admission Committee.

Conditional Admission

  1. Proof of undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college or University, and
  2. Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Extensive playing experience, and
  4. Must have proof of sport coaching experience within the first two semesters, and
  5. Complete application packet
  6. Applicant must have a positive review from the Master of Sport Coaching and Performance Graduate Admission Committee.

Unclassified or Non-Degree Admission

Applicants who do not meet requirements for either unconditional or conditional admission may be eligible for unclassified or non-degree admission and must submit all required admission materials. See university requirements listed in Types of Admission.

Early Admission for UT Martin Undergraduate Seniors

Early admission is available to a degree-seeking Health and Human Performance (HHP) major who has completed all HHP core coursework and has at least a B (3.00) cumulative GPA in addition to the university requirement for admission. Students meeting this criteria will be allowed to take two courses prior to completing their baccalaureate degree. Students taking graduate and undergraduate course work together cannot exceed 15 total credit hours per semester. Must have coaching access to a team or group of individuals by which to demonstrate course objectives.