MSDA Admissions

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Consideration for admission to the MSDA Program is based on the following:

You must have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (any major is acceptable) or foreign equivalent and be in good academic standing at the last institution you attended.

To be considered for regular admission, applicants must meet one of the following requirements from a regionally accredited institution or foreign equivalent. All GPAs are based on a 4.0 point scale and are cumulative including all undergraduate courses completed; the last two years of undergraduate coursework are equivalent to approximately 60-70 semester hours or 90-100 quarter hours.

  • 2.70 minimum GPA for all undergraduate work taken for the baccalaureate degree or
  • 3.00 GPA for the last two years of undergraduate academic coursework or
  • 3.00 GPA for 30 or more semester hours undergraduate credit after earning the first bachelor's degree or
  • 2.70 GPA for the last two years of undergraduate coursework and a 3.00 GPA on fewer than 24 hours graduate coursework or
  • 3.00 GPA for 24 or more graduate hours or
  • An earned master's degree or higher-level degree with at least a 3.00 GPA.

Official Graduate Exam: Applicant must complete either the GMAT or GRE unless a waiver is granted. GMAT or GRE scores more than five years old cannot be considered. The graduate examination score will be considered as an important input into the overall profile of the applicant.

GMAT/GRE waiver requests will be considered for applicants who meet one of the waiver criteria listed below. Applicants will make the waiver request during part 2 of the application process (completing the MSDA program application) and at that time must also select the waiver option they believe they meet. Meeting the below criteria does not guarantee a GMAT/GRE waiver. To be considered, applicants must have earned:

  • Previous graduate degree or higher with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher; OR,
  • 3.25 cumulative undergraduate GPA plus 5 years of professional work experience; OR,
  • UTC undergraduate business major or other comparable university's business major with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.2 cumulative GPA within business major (defined as upper level courses in business); OR, UTC undergraduate computer science major or other comparable university's computer science major with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.2 cumulative GPA within computer science major (defined as upper level courses in computer science.)

Note: Admissions criteria described  are minimum requirements for MSDA program consideration. These minimum MSDA admissions requirements do not guarantee acceptance into a specific graduate degree program or the UTC Graduate School.



Submit the following requirements for the MSDA degree program to complete your application:

For your program of choice, complete both parts of the online application: 1) UTC Graduate School application, 2) MSDA program application

(See the bottom of the page for links to these applications.)

Submit official transcripts from each college or university attended (even those from whom transfer credits were earned) to UTC's Graduate School.

To expedite the receipt of official transcripts, UTC recommends the use of an electronic transcript submission service such as:

If mailing official transcripts, they must be mailed directly from the institution to:

The Graduate School
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Department 5305
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403

Pay a $35 one-time, non-refundable application fee. ($40 for international student applications). This fee is paid when completing the online application.
Take the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and report the scores to UTC. Your scores will be reported electronically to UTC if you select UTC as a recipient. UTC’s Institution number is 1831.  Testing times can fill up during busy times of year; schedule your exam allowing several weeks to study and two to three weeks for the exam to be reported to UTC.

The University wishes to encourage qualified graduate applicants from other countries. Accordingly, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will accept as equivalent in level, structure, scope, and intent the new European degrees, adopted under the Bologna Process.

The University will also consider three-year bachelor’s degrees earned in Division I and II institutions in India and accredited by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) as comparable to four-year U.S. bachelor’s degrees. UTC will consider other three-year degrees on a case-by-case basis.

Students whose native language is not English are required to provide official scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). An official TOEFL score of 550 or above is required. (A score of 213 or above on the computer-based test, or a score of 79 or above on the Internet-based test, is considered equivalent to a score of 550 or above on the paper-based test). IELTS scores must be 6.0 or higher. Applicants may ask The Graduate School for an exemption from the TOEFL or IELTS requirement if they: 1) have received a degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States (or a similarly accredited institution in a country/region where the predominant spoken language is English) within the last two years, or 2) have worked full time in the United States or a predominantly English-speaking country/ region for at least two of the preceding four years. Applicants who wish to apply for such an exemption should check with The Graduate School office for appropriate instructions and/or forms.

Evidence of financial resources sufficient to provide adequate support (as determined by the University) during the applicant’s period of residence as a student.

International students may be required to take an English proficiency examination after arriving at the University and must complete all English courses recommended as a result of his/her score on this test or the TOEFL/IELTS.

Applicant must submit:

  • Clear copy of current passport showing photo and expiration date.
  • Official copies of all US college/university transcripts.  Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the following methods:

World Education Services ICAP course-by-course evaluation WES will submit official copies of transcripts to UTC. 

Josef Silny & Associates plus official copies of transcripts in the native language and English.

Educational Credential Evaluators plus official copies of transcripts in native language and English.

  • All international students are required to have health insurance.
  • All materials must be received by The Graduate School office approximately three months prior to the semester in which the applicant hopes to enroll, i.e., May 15 for fall semester admission, October 15 for spring semester admission and February 15 for summer semester admission.

An accepted applicant will receive a certificate of acceptance and an I-20 form, which must be shown to the consular officer of the United States to whom the student applies for a student visa. By fee payment, each international student must purchase health insurance through UTC.

International student applicants (not U.S. born or naturalized citizens) have additional application requirements detailed in the International Student Application Guide on the UTC International Student Services Office web site.

Note: International student applicants must submit admission materials to the UTC International Student Services Office.



The GMAT & GRE is offered as computer based tests. On average, the exams can be completed in about four hours. Upon completion of the exam, you will be given an unofficial score report. Official scores will arrive two to three weeks after the exam date.


  • Offered on a regular basis at Pearson Professional Centers throughout the country.
  • To register at the Chattanooga testing center call 423-485-8524 or visit


  • Offered on a regular basis at Prometric test centers throughout the country.
  • To register at the Chattanooga testing center call 423-894-6249 or visit

To prepare for the content of the exams, you can:

  • Find several GMAT or GRE preparation guides at local or online book retailers. The preparation books include sample test questions, preparation tips and skill-building problems.
  • Use any number of third-party online study guides and preparatory classes.  Some include Kaplan, Princeton Review and Magoosh.


MSDA Application Dates and Deadlines 

Applications and documents submitted after the UTC Graduate School's general application deadlines, which are listed below, will be considered for admission based on eligibility and program space availability.  It is strongly recommended that interested applicants submit all application materials by these deadlines. 






By start of November


By start of April


By mid-May


*Note: International applicants have different deadlines. Refer to the UTC International Student Services web site for an updated listing of those deadlines.