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Tennessee Technological University - 2016

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Admissions Information

Graduate Admission to the College of Engineering

The Master of Science (M.S.) program is offered in chemical engineering, civil engineering, computer science, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. The M.S. programs are housed in the respective departments. While all five programs involve research thesis, some have non-thesis options with additional coursework requirements. For more information, see the web site of the department of interest and the graduate catalog.

M.S. program admission follows multiparameter criteria and is used to evaluate admission to the program:
1) Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale,
2) GREĀ® General Test (GRE) scores with Quantitative greater than or equal to 50%; Verbal greater than or equal to 33%; Analytical Writing greater than or equal to 33%. Students with BS degrees in related fields from TTU are not required to take the GRE.
3) Three (3) letters of recommendation that demonstrate strong evidence for success in the graduate program.
4) Availability of appropriate faculty to serve as research advisor(s).
Participation in undergraduate research.
5) Post-BS degree professional experience relevant to planned degree of study.
6) Publications in peer reviewed journals and/or award-winning presentations in technical conferences.
7) International students must score at least 550 (213 computer-based or 79 internet-based) on the TOEFL or a minimum base score of 6.0 on the IELTS.

DOCTORAL PROGRAM
A graduate program leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Engineering is offered by the College of Engineering. The Associate Dean of Engineering for Research and Innovation is the head of the program. Currently, the departments of Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering participate in the program. The general requirements for a Ph.D. in Engineering are the same for all departments.

Doctoral program admission follows multiparameter criteria and is used to evaluate admission to the program: When applying for admission, a student must state on the application the major area of study for which admission is requested.

1) Masters of Science GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale,
2) GREĀ® General Test (GRE) scores with Quantitative greater than or equal to 50%; Verbal greater than or equal to 33%; Analytical Writing greater than or equal to 33%. Students with BS degrees in related fields from TTU are not required to take the GRE.
3) Three (3) letters of recommendation that demonstrate strong evidence for success in the graduate program.
4) Availability of appropriate faculty to serve as research advisor(s).
5) Participation in undergraduate research.
6) Post-BS degree professional experience relevant to planned degree of study.
7) Publications in peer reviewed journals and/or award-winning presentations in technical conferences.
8) International students must score at least 550 (213 computer-based or 79 internet-based) on the TOEFL or a minimum base score of 6.0 on the IELTS.
Though the general requirement for admission to the Ph.D. program is a master's degree in an appropriate discipline, students with a bachelor's degree may be admitted to the Ph.D. program directly ( Direct Ph.D.) on exceptional basis, undergraduate GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or better, provided the applicant has a record of excellent academic performance in an appropriate engineering undergraduate program. The applicant's test scores, personal recommendations, and relevant work experience must indicate a high potential for success in doctoral studies and research. In addition, factors such as appropriateness of the applicant's research objectives to the research interests of the program faculty, availability of faculty to supervise the applicant's research, and prior research accomplishments of the applicant will also influence the admission decision.


Graduate Admission to an Engineering Department

Students currently enrolled as an undergraduate in the CEE department, ChE department, and ECE department with excellent academic record, if interested in graduate studies, may apply to the department for admission under the Fast-Track MS program. The specific departments have different admission requirements.

Entrance Requirements for Foreign Students

Foreign students must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and are expected to score at least 550 for full admission. Non-refundable application fee for foreign students is $40.

Admissions Requirements for Transfer Students

Applications for admission must be made to the College of Graduate Studies at least four weeks prior to the anticipated date of registration (six months for international students). A completed application form, official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate credit, three letters of recommendation, official scores made on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination, and payment of $35 application fee required. For full admission students should have undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and a total of at least 1000 on the General Test of the GRE. PhD applicants with a masters degree are expected to have an MS GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in addition to the above. For direct admission to the PhD program with a bachelors degree, the applicant is expected to have an outstanding academic record at the undergraduate level and some research experience in addition to higher GRE scores. Academic departments and research centers handle inquiries about assistantships separately from the admission decision.
A maximum of 9 semester hours of graduate credit in acceptable areas of study may be transferred from other approved institutions to a master's program.