Admission Standards

(1) Obtain Graduate Admissions and Applications Materials forms in any of the following ways:
     - In-person from School of Graduate Studies (309-B Burgin-Dossett

     - Online in printable PDF format via Graduate Studies

     - Online application (to be submitted online) via Graduate Studies

(2) Obtain one official transcript from any college or university where the you have taken courses, except for previous course work at ETSU. 

(3) If undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required.  Students who take the GRE must obtain a minimum of 2400 points based on the following formula:

     (1) Sum of the GRE aptitude score (V+Q+A)

     (2) GPA multiplied by 500, and

     (3) The sum of (1) and (2).

*Request that GRE scores are sent to ETSU and/or submit score report with application materials.

(4) Compose a personal essay of 150-300 words, detailing your interests in the graduate program at ETSU.

(5) Ask three (3) people to provide references using the Recommendation Letter form found in Graduate Admissions and Applications Materials.  References should be former professors, supervisors, or anyone else that can attest to your academic, professional, and interpersonal qualities.

(6) Submit to Graduate Studies:

     -Completed Graduate Studies Application

     -Official transcripts from all universities/colleges where you have
      taken courses (excluding ETSU)

     -GRE scores (if applicable, and if scores have not already been sent
     by testing service)

     -Personal essay

     -$25 application fee ($35 for international students)

     -Three (3) recommendation letters *Should be sent directly to   
     Graduate Studies by individuals completing the recommendations.     
     Applicants should maintain contact with these individuals to ensure
     submission by deadline.

Application deadlines:

When all pertinent materials are received, the office of graduate admissions will review the application and, if university requirements are met, forward the materials to the graduate program for evaluation.  Program admission requirements for the specialist degree are defined under the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in this catalog.  The final decision to admit or reject an applicant rests with the university through the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.


The coordinator of the program to which the prospective candidate has been admitted serves as the initial advisor.  Students who anticipate candidacy for a degree are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with their advisor to discuss course sequence.  Merely taking a collection of courses is not the same as matriculating within a program leading to a graduate degree.

PRAXIS Testing Requirements:

All individuals seeking school librarian certification will need to pass the PRAXIS II Library Media Specialist (0311) Test with a minimum score of 146.  The test code number is 0311.  The reporting scale has changed from the NTE scale (250-990) to the Praxis scale (100-200).  It is suggested that the test be taken after completing MEDA 5710 and/or during the last semester.  Students usually take this exam during the Practicum.

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