Program Requirements -Research Concentration

Completion of a minimum of 36 hours of graduate coursework is required for graduation.  Eighteen of these hours are core courses, with the remaining 18 hours consisting of approved elective coursework or thesis credit.  Students must successfully defend a thesis.


Admissions Procedures

The research program is individually tailored to meet each student's needs and goals. Because it is primarily a tutorial program with a strong emphasis on independent study and one-to-one faculty/student interaction, the number of students admitted each year is quite limited. In addition to GPA and GRE scores, admission decisions are heavily based on the personal statement which should detail the applicant's research interests and educational goals. Persons wishing to apply to this program should examine the listing of the current research interests of the faculty to determine which instructor would best match or support their needs.

Applicants must: 

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 
  • Submit an official score (not over five years old) for the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). (Due to testing difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GRE requirement is waived for the 2021-2022 application cycle.)
  • Submit three letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Personal statements consist of responses to prompts in our online program application. Prompts ask students to describe their research interests and experience, career goals, and a faculty member who can serve as their mentor. Our program focuses on a mentor based approach. The student and the mentor work to develop the skills that students will need for doctoral work or applied research careers. Note these letters are all submitted electronically, as part of our online application process.                     
  • Have a minimum grade point average of 2.7 (based on a 4.0 scale) on all undergraduate work taken prior to receiving the baccalaureate degree or 3.0 in the senior year. In a typical year, the average GPA of admitted applicants is 3.4; GRE scores and GPA are combined into a single admissions index.                      

Application Process:

Applicants who wish to maximize their probability of admission should be sure to have their application materials complete by March 1 for the fall semester. The admissions committee will make their first set of decisions shortly after this date. Applications will be considered through July 15 for the fall semester as long as space is still available.

To submit an application, please follow these instructions:

  • Go to the UTC Graduate School's online application system and follow all instructions as you work through the various required components. Note that the graduate application process details can be found on the lower right-hand portion of this screen.
  • Note that applying to the UTC Research master's degree program requires completing an application to the UTC Graduate School (via the link below) and then completing the program-specific application that you can access by clicking here. This process is also clearly detailed in the online application system.
  • Submit your online application when you see that you have completed all of the required portions (as shown in the online application system).