Welcome to Tennessee Tech University!
For those of you who are going to be graduate students here at Tech, this post is full of resources to help guide you along the path of graduate school.
First of all, make sure to come to the New Graduate Student Orientation on August 19th in Derryberry Hall Auditorium (Second Floor) from 4pm to 6:30pm. If you haven’t already, please RSVP for orientation HERE.
During orientation, you will not only be able to meet fellow grad students in the program, but you will also meet the faculty and staff who will help support you on your journey. The orientation is designed to help familiarize you to campus and student resources as well as Cookeville as a whole. Come and learn about the resources available to you as grad students, ask questions, pick up your parking passes, meet your classmates, and eat great food. If you’re new to Tennessee Tech or not, you will be glad you came!
The following information covers all of the important links and reminders for new graduate students.
Checklist and Reminders for New Students
Things to Do
- Financial Aid: Make sure all paperwork is in order.
- Graduate Assistantship: Applications can be found at https://www.tntech.edu/graduatestudies/stipend.php
- Student Email Account: Sign in, it’s the main method of contact by the university.
- Advisement: Contact the person listed on your Certificate of Admission.
- Register: Login to Eagle online and register for courses.
- Parking permit: Get a permit if you will be parking on campus. (You can pick these up at orientation.)
- Complete Admission Requirements: If you lack any requirements for admission, it will be indicated on your Certificate of Admission. All admission requirements must be meet by the end of the first semester or a registration hold will be placed on your account.
- Advisory Committee: Start thinking about which faculty members you want.
- Forms & Calendar: Go to the Graduate Studies website and click on the Online Forms link and Graduate Student Calendar link to familiarize yourself with important forms and dates.
- International students: Check in with the International Education office.
Things to Be Aware of
- Permissible Loads: There are limits in some situations.
- Grades: Know what grades are required to avoid dismissal or probation.
- Program of Study and Admission to Candidacy forms: You’ll need to file one by the end of the semester in which you will earn 15 credit hours of graduate level courses. Failure to turn in your program of study by this time will result in a registration hold.
- Admission to Candidacy: Find out what the process is for your degree.
- Changes: Learn how to make changes and the proper forms to use.
- Degree Completion Time Limits: Six consecutive years to complete a master’s or specialist in education; eight consecutive years to complete a doctorate.
- Comprehensive Exam: Learn about your department and degree’s comprehensive exam (when, where, and how).
- Thesis/Dissertation: TTU has a specific format for theses and dissertations. Attend a workshop before you begin writing.
- Graduation: You must apply for graduation in the semester you plan to complete your degree. All applications are due by the published deadline posted on our Graduate Student Calendar by semester.