Transfer Students


The Computer Science Department at the University of Tennessee at Martin thanks you for your interest in our program! We welcome transfer students from a wide variety of institutions, both in Tennessee and elsewhere.


Speak with a UT Martin Computer Science Advisor

Always start planning early. While it is never too late to get in touch with a computer science advisor, early preparation can help to ensure a timely graduation. Without proper planning transfer students can easily spend three or more years earning a computer science degree.


If you have any questions about major requirements, prerequisites, transferring credit, or anything else specific to a Computer Science major at UT Martin feel free to get in touch with the department at (731) 881-7391 or email


How to Apply

The Computer Science department does not currently have any application procedure or requirements for entry above and beyond the standard university admissions process. If you are looking to apply you are welcome to fill out an application. If you have any questions specifically about admissions you can get in touch with our admissions department directly at (731) 881-7020 or by emailing the admissions off at


Tennessee Transfer Pathways (TTP) Students

Numerous Tennessee colleges and universities currently participate in the Tennessee Transfer Pathways system. The University of Tennessee at Martin is proud to participate in the TTP system. We welcome all transfer students looking to complete a four-year degree at UT Martin! Upon transferring a completed transfer pathway, UT Martin’s faculty and staff work directly with transfer students to ensure timely graduation.


While each student will receive individual advice from a computer science faculty advisor, you can find an example transfer pathways 2 year plan below.



Example Transfer Pathways Advising Plan


Prospective students can find more information on the computer science transfer pathways on the official transfer pathways webpage. Prospective students who are planning on starting their education at a participating community college with the intention of transferring to UT Martin may find this resource useful in evaluating computing programs.


Non-Tennessee Transfer Pathways Students

Just because you don’t come from a transfer pathways program does not mean that you will not succeed in Computer Science! Our program has seen many successful graduates from non-TTP institutions including colleges and universities outside of Tennessee.


If you are currently attending a college or university that does not offer a Tennessee Transfer Pathway you may find the following sections of use, in particular:

  • Speak with a UT Martin Computer Science Advisor
  • Reverse Transfer Pathways
  • Advising Information for Transfer Students

If you are unsure of whether your institution participates in the Tennessee Transfer Pathways program, you can find the official list of colleges offering a pathway on the official transfer pathways webpage . All prospective computer science students are also welcome to contact our department directly for advice on how to make a smooth transition to UT Martin.


Reverse Transfer Pathways

For many students, transferring to UT Martin early to start work on computer science coursework makes sense. Students who have not had any computer science coursework may require 3-4 additional years to complete their degree after arriving at UT Martin. For such students, transferring early may make a difference in being able to graduate on time.


What you may not be aware is that transferring to UT Martin before the completion of your associates degree does not mean abandoning the completion of your associate's degree.


For students who are unfamiliar, Tennessee offers a Reverse Transfer Pathway. This means that if you started your associate's degree and come to UT Martin before completion, you may be eligible to transfer your UT Martin credits back to the institution where you started to complete your associate’s degree. The reverse transfer system has been designed to be largely automated, and places little burden on the incoming student.


For more information about the reverse transfer pathways at UT Martin please see the official reverse transfer pathway homepage or get in touch with our admissions department.


Advising Information for Transfer Students

While it is always better to plan for your UT Martin college career with a UT Martin faculty advisor, there are some general guidelines that any student can follow that will help to better prepare for a bachelor of science with a major in computer science.


Start learning how to program early. If your current college offers introductory programming courses, early experience will aid in your transition. Learning the C++ language is a plus; many of our introductory courses are based on the C++ language. If your university doesn’t offer C++ just about any introductory language (Basic, C, Java, Python, etc.) will help develop a computer science skillset.


Make progress towards completing Calculus and Linear Algebra. All computer science students at UT Martin will eventually have to take Calculus and Linear Algebra before graduation. While most colleges and universities offer many mathematical courses, a standard Calculus I track will make the most headway towards preparing students for mid and upper division computer science courses. Students are typically placed based on ACT scores or entrance examinations, and for many students this involves taking College Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus I, and finally Linear Algebra. Because of this sequencing, starting late on mathematics can delay a timely graduation.


Don’t stress about taking all of your bachelor of science general requirements before transferring. This advice appears counter-intuitive for many transfer students, however having some unfulfilled general requirements is beneficial from a number of perspectives. Many transfer students need to start out taking one or more introductory computing or mathematics courses before gaining entry into our mid and upper division courses. For such a student it may be difficult to achieve full time status until one or more semesters of coursework have been completed. Having unfulfilled general requirements gives the student more options early on.


In addition, you will find that many upper division computer science courses require a significant time investment outside of class. Having unfulfilled general electives at the mid and upper division allows students to have more variety in their schedules. Electives in the arts, humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences provide students the ability to get out from in front of a computer and see more of the campus.


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