Mtsu Admissions Essay

Admission to MTSU for first-time freshmen is straightforward; there are two possible paths--guaranteed admission and admission by review:

For guaranteed admission, applicants must have completed the recommended college preparatory courses and must present one of the following:

  • 3.0 GPA, OR
  • Minimum composite ACT score of 22 (or SAT equivalent), OR
    • Prior to March 2016- SAT score of 1020 (Critical Reading & Math)
    • March 2016 & future tests- SAT score of 1100 (Critical Reading & Math)
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA plus ACT score of 19 (or SAT equivalent)
    • Prior to March 2016- SAT score of 900 (Critical Reading & Math)
    • March 2016 & future tests- SAT score of 980 (Critical Reading & Math)

The student’s diploma/ transcript must reflect a distribution of college preparatory courses, similar to the core elements of the Tennessee High School Diploma. A sample of suggested courses and units are displayed below:

Suggested Academic Units:

Algebra (Algebra I and Algebra II)2
Geometry or higher1
Additional unit of math1
Natural Science3
United States History1
European; World History; or World Geography     1
Single Foreign Language2
Visual and Performing Arts1

Admission by review 
- Students who don't meet the requirements for guaranteed admission can still be considered for conditional admission through a review process. Students will be asked to submit a personal statement form. A review committee will assess the personal statement and take into consideration the student's potential for success by evaluating factors such as high school course work, honors or advanced placement, dual credit, and extenuating circumstances.

  • Graduates of Unapproved or Unaccredited High Schools

    Applicants who graduate from unapproved or unaccredited high schools in Tennessee can be considered for admission through the review process. These students must achieve an ACT composite score of 22 or higher (SAT score of 1100) or present a GED test score of 450 or higher or a HiSET test score of 10 or higher. Students under the age of 21 are required to submit a valid ACT or SAT test score. The review will include GED or HiSET credentials as well as other special interests, skills, and non-academic factors as explained on the personal statement form which can be completed at the point of application. 

How to apply

  1. Complete the undergraduate application for admission online by the appropriate deadline.
  2. Submit the $25 nonrefundable application fee.
  3. Submit the official ACT or SAT scores.
  4. Transcripts should be sent to MTSU Undergraduate Admissions, 1301 East Main Street, SSAC 120, Murfreesboro, TN 37132. Official electronic transcripts may be submitted to



Regional Scholars Program

The MTSU Regional Scholars Program allows select non-Tennessee resident students who live within approximately 250 miles and meet specific academic requirements to attend MTSU at a greatly reduced rate and qualify for the Freshman Academic Merit Scholarships. 

Academic Assessment Placement Testing Requirements

  • Freshmen applicants who will be 21 years of age or older at the time of admission are required to undergo assessment for each area or may elect to provide official ACT/SAT scores from tests that have been taken within five years prior to the first day of the first term of enrollment.
  • Incoming freshmen will initially be placed in prescribed courses according to valid ACT/SAT scores. Students with ACT subscores of 18 or lower in reading and math or students with ACT subscores of 17 or lower in English will have prescribed course requirements. Students with SAT scores, taken prior to March 2016, lower than 460 in mathematics or lower than 460 in critical reading/writing will have prescribed course requirements. Students with SAT scores, taken March 2016 or after, lower than 500 in mathematics or lower than 500 in reading and/or lower than 490 in English will have prescribed course requirements. Permissible test scores are less than five years old on the first day of class. A student may choose to verify their placement by taking the ACCUPLACER test.  The test must be completed before attending CUSTOMS or before registering for classes and is administered through the University Studies Department. Please call (615) 898-2568 for an appointment.
  • Transfer students who have not earned credits in college-level, algebra-based mathematics, reading intensive coursework, or college-level English have the option to take the Academic Assessment Placement Test, provide ACT/SAT scores that have been taken within five years, or be placed in the first level of the appropriate required prescribed courses.

The ACCUPLACER test assists in course placement and will require some students to enroll in prescribed courses as additions to their degree programs.

The applicant is responsible for signing up for the ACCUPLACER test prior to registration. For more information about the test's content, please contact the MTSU University Studies Office, (615) 898-2568.

This site offers you links and information to aid you in becoming a graduate student at Middle Tennessee State University. If the information you seek is not provided, please contact us at or 615-898-2840.

Applicants with a minimum of a bachelor's degree may apply to the College of Graduate Studies. 

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How to Apply

The following requirements apply to application for most programs offered at Middle Tennessee State University.

All applicants to the College of Graduate Studies must have an overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale) to be considered for unconditional admission.  Applicants who attended graduate school at another institution must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on all graduate work and a minimum of 2.75 on all undergraduate work to be considered for unconditional admission.  International students on an F1 visa must meet requirements for unconditional admission.

Individual programs may have higher admission requirements than those of the College of Graduate Studies. Applicants should consult the programs for individual program admission requirements.

For timely application processing, submit your application to the College of Graduate Studies by the following priority dates:

October 1Priority date for spring semester
March 1Priority date for summer semester
June 1Priority date for fall semester


  • Individual programs may have earlier application deadlines. Prospective students should consult the Graduate Catalog or individual departments for application deadlines.


Application to Graduate Studies

Types of Applications:

Domestic Students:

Choose this application type if you are a citizen, permanent resident, refugee or asylee of the Unites States of America and:

  • have NEVER applied to the College of Graduate Studies at MTSU
  • have previously graduated from MTSU with a graduate level degree and are pursuing a higher degree

International Students:

Choose this application type if you are NOT a citizen, permanent resident, refugee or asylee of the United States of America.

Reapplying to Graduate School:

Students reapplying to graduate school after a stop-out (excluding summers) must submit a readmission application. There is no application fee required for reapply. 


Application Fee

 A $35.00 (USD) application fees isrequired for all new applications.  Students that qualify for readmission applications do not need to pay this fee.  See Application to Graduate Studies section above to choose which application you need.

Entrance Exams

GRE, GMAT, MAT, or English Language Proficiency

Submission of GRE, GMAT, MAT scores are required for admission into graduate school. Tests are program specific so please check your program of interest for the required test. English Language Proficiency is required of all international applicants. The Middle Tennessee State University Institution Code is:

  • GRE: 1466
  • GMAT:
    • Accounting: 6ZR-KJ-63
    • Business Administration: (Full-time): 6ZR-KJ-25
    • Business Administration: (Part-time): 6ZR-KJ-52
    • Information Systems: 6ZR-KJ-37
    • Management: (Full-time): 6ZR-KJ-25
    • Management: (Part-time): 6ZR-KJ-52
  • MAT: 1751
  • TOEFL: 1466
  • IELTS: Mailed to the address below
  • UMELI: Mailed to the address below
  • ELS: Mailed to the address below


Applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges, universities, and institutions attended other than MTSU. Applicants are NOT required to submit MTSU transcripts. Unofficial transcripts may be sent for admission evaluation purposes prior to offer of admissions. Once an offer of admission has been made official transcripts are required for a student to be allowed to register for classes.

To be considered an official, it must be sent directly from the applicant's institution to the College of Graduate Studies at MTSU. 

Letters of Recommendation

 Most programs require an applicant to submit 3 Letters of Recommendation to aid in making decisions of admission. Check with your program of interest for their admission requirement.

Additional Application Requirements

 Individual programs have other specific application requirements.  Please check with your program of interest for these requirements. 


Application materials should be emailed to or mailed to:

Postal Service Delivery Address:

Courier/Express Delivery Address:

College of Graduate Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 42
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

College of Graduate Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd.
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
ATTN: Graduate Student Admission

 NOTE: All materials received become the property of MTSU and cannot be returned to the student or forwarded to a third party.

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