Admission Requirements

Students applying for admission to the M.A. in Strategic Communication must meet the university-wide requirements for graduate admission and the specific requirements for the MASC. See The University of Tennessee at Martin Graduate Catalog for additional information.

Unconditional Admission

Applicants who meet the following requirements qualify for unconditional admission to the MASC.

  • Must have 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.
  • Must have the following minimum GRE scores.
    • Verbal Reasoning: 150 (450 if taken prior to August 2011)
    • Quantitative Reasoning: 138 (350 if taken prior to August 2011)
    • Analytic Writing: 4.0

Conditional Admission

Applicants may be granted conditional admission to the MASC subject to the following conditions:

  • Must have the following minimum GRE scores.
    • Verbal Reasoning: 146 (390 if taken prior to August 2011)
    • Quantitative Reasoning: 138 (350 if taken prior to August 2011)
    • Analytic Writing: 3.5
  • Must meet one of the following minimal GPA requirements on a 4.00 scale (GPA requirement is waived if applicant graduated at least five years before the semester for which admission is being requested):
    • a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
    • 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 in the Senior Year plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the Senior Year calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00.)

 Applicants admitted as conditional students may take at most four graduate courses for only 8–15 hours of graduate coursework as a conditional student, including any hours attempted as an unclassified student in the same degree program.

  • Conditional students must maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA and must earn at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA for the 8-15 hours before they can move to unconditional status.
    • If the 3.00 cumulative GPA is maintained, the move to unconditional status occurs automatically at the conclusion of the semester in which 8 hours of graduate coursework is completed successfully.
    • Subject to the recommendation of the college’s graduate committee, courses taken as a non-degree student may be applied to the 8–15 hours limitation—if specified at the time conditional admission is granted.

Early Unconditional Admission for UT Martin Undergraduate Seniors

 

Undergraduate seniors currently enrolled in the final semester for a baccalaureate degree at a university/college in the U.S. have the option for early admission to the MASC.

 

According to the UT Martin Graduate Catalog, “a senior at UT 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.” Strategic communication graduate courses may be taken only if a student meets all undergraduate prerequisite course requirements and must meet the requirements for unconditional admission. Students cannot earn both undergraduate and graduate credit for the same course.

 

The Graduate Studies Office must have received official qualifying exam scores, which equal or exceed the minimum requirement, current official transcript from the institution currently being attended and one official transcript from any other colleges/universities attended previously. The applicant must also meet the requirements for unconditional admission to the MASC, which may exceed the university's minimum requirements.

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