Master's Degree Programs

The following admissions requirements are minimum standards that identify the pool of master's level applicants from which each academic unit makes its selection. Prospective students should check with the appropriate degree program for specific deadlines. For admission to a degree program, applicants should allow a reasonable amount of time for necessary documents to be processed by the appropriate department and Graduate Admissions.

  • Baccalaureate Degree: The applicant must provide an official transcript showing that a bachelor's degree was awarded by an accredited college or university. The applicant must have earned an acceptable grade point average. In addition, transcripts from any other college or university attended must be requested. Students who received bachelor's degrees from The University of Memphis may disregard this requirement. Only transcripts received directly from an issuing institution are considered official. Signed and sealed transcripts that have been in the applicant's possession can be used for admission purposes; however, official transcripts must later be requested. Personal copies are not acceptable as official documents.
  • Entrance Examinations: New applicants to the Graduate School (except to the MALS program) must have taken an appropriate entrance examination within five years of the application date. Contact the appropriate program for information on which tests and what scores are acceptable. Scores on MAT exams written in less than 2 month intervals are not acceptable. Test scores must be sent directly to Graduate Admissions from the testing agency. The University of Memphis institution code number for reporting ETS scores is R-1459. See program descriptions for more information on requirements. Some programs may waive the entrance examination requirement for applicants with exceptional credentials, extensive professional experience, or a prior graduate degree from an accredited institution. These waivers are at the discretion of the academic program. Check individual program descriptions for details.
  • Letters of Recommendation: If the program to which you are applying requires letters of recommendation, have them sent directly to the department. Some departments also require other material such as a statement of professional goals. Be sure to check with them.
  • Personal Statement, Essay Question, etc.: If the program to which you are applying requires one of the above, have them sent directly to the department. Some departments also require other material such as a statement of professional goals. Be sure to check with them.
  • Program Requirements: Many academic units have separate departmental applications and/or additional requirements for admission. Check program descriptions for more information on requirements.