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Admission Guide for Graduate International Students

Admission Calendar || Admission Requirement || English Language Requirement ||
Application Instructions || Additional Information || Financial Information ||
Important Contacts|| Admitted International Students


The University of Tennessee is the official land-grant institution for the State of Tennessee. It is a comprehensive institution offering a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. More than 5600 graduate and professional students are enrolled both on and off campus. Undergraduate enrollment is approximately 21,000. The University welcomes applications for admission from all countries and encourages students to examine and compare the many educational opportunities available at the University of Tennessee. For more information, visit our Graduate Admissions website and browse the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Calendar

The following deadlines are critical for the success of your application. Many departments have early application deadlines, so please check with the department to which you intend to apply for more information. Pay close attention to the following deadlines:

File Completion Deadline*
February 1
May 15
June 15
October 1
October 15
February 15

* File Completion Deadline means that by the date listed, admission must be granted and copies of passport, financial documentation and degree confirmations must be received by this date. 

Admission Requirement

For admission to a graduate program, an international student must have an equivalent 4-year bachelor's degree. Individuals with degrees from foreign institutions must have earned a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate work and a minimum of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale on all graduate work. US degree holders must have earned a minimum 2.7 out of a possible 4.0 GPA or a minimum of 3.0 during the senior year of undergraduate study and a minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all graduate work.

English Language Requirement

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to take and pass the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Passing marks are 550, 213, 80, and 6.5 for paper-based, computer-based, internet-based (iBT) TOEFL, and IELTS respectively. Official scores must be received directly from the appropriate testing service.

The University of Tennessee's score reporting code for TOEFL is 1843. The score must not be older than two years from the requested date of entry. Applicants who have received a degree from an accredited US institution in the past two years are exempt from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement.

TOEFL information may be obtained from the official TOEFL website.
IELTS information may be obtained from the official IELTS website.

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Application Instructions

New Applicants
Readmission Applicants

Additional Information

The Office of Graduate Admissions offers official admission to graduate applicants to the university. Your admission is not complete until you receive notification from this office. Notices concerning admission that do not come from the Office of Graduate Admissions do not imply official admission to the university.

Applications will be considered only after receiving all official documents and required test scores.

Applicants are responsible for ensuring that the Office of Graduate Admissions has received all materials. For inquiries, please contact the Graduate Admissions office.

Once received, all application materials become the property of the university and will not be returned.

Federal regulations require that information about applicants must not be released to individuals or third parties without the written consent of the applicant.

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Financial Information


Before an I-20/DS-2019 can be issued for an admitted student, documented availability of sufficient funds for the first 12 months of studies must be submitted to the Center for International Education (CIE). Please visit the CIE website at for the most current estimate of expenses.


Scholarships in the forms of Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTA), Graduate Research Assistantships (GRA) and Graduate Assistantships (GA) are awarded on a competitive basis through many departments and colleges. Full assistantship generally covers the tuition cost, and offers a monthly stipend. For information, please contact the academic department directly.


Graduate Admissions
201 Student Services Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-0221
Phone: (865) 974-3251
Fax: (865) 974-6541

The Graduate School
111 Student Services Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-0221
Phone: (865) 974-2475
Fax: (865) 974-1090

Center for International Education
1620 Melrose Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37996-3531
Phone: (865) 974-3177
Fax: (865) 974-2985

English Language Institute
907 Mountcastle Street
Knoxville, TN 37996-4530
Phone: (865) 974-3404
Fax: (865) 974-6383

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