Admission Procedures & Documents

For admission into a degree program, applicants should allow a reasonable amount of time for processing. If we have received official test scores at the time of submission application processing can often be completed within two weeks. Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure full consideration and should request official documents (transcripts and test scores) be sent directly from institutions and testing agencies well before the time of application.

All admission credentials become the property of the University and will not be forwarded or returned. Credentials will be maintained in active files for 12 months, after which they will be destroyed.

For international applicants, the I-20 or IAP-66 needed to secure an F-1 or J-1 visa is enclosed with the official letter of admission.

Steps for applying:

  1. View departmental information about admission requirements, test score requirements, application deadlines, etc. Some departments may also require a separate admissions application and may have an earlier application deadline.
  2. Use our electronic admission applications to apply to Graduate School. (Application fees for initial admission are $35 application fee for domestic students and $60 for international students). International students may also be asked to pay an enrollment deposit of $1500. 
  3. Make sure that you submit all required documentation and request that official documents be sent from previous institutions and testing agencies.  See application documents below. 
  4. Following the initial review of your application by an admissions coordinator in your program, you will be notified of any additional documentation that may be needed to continue processing your application. 
  5. You can check the status of your application at the graduate admission portal. https://apply.memphis.edu/portal/graduate_application
  6. After receiving and reviewing your application and all required documentation, your program will make a decision. After the department has determined your admissibility, the decision will be communicated to the Office of Graduate Admissions.  You will receive notification of the decision directly from the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  7. Offers of graduate assistantships are made directly by programs. 

Admission Documents 

  1. Your program needs to see your previous grades in order to make a decision on your file. Admission decisions can be made on the basis of unofficial transcripts (a personal copy of your transcript). A copy of your transcript(s) should be uploaded with your application. Failure to upload a copy of your transcript will result in processing delay. 
  2. In addition, you must have a final official copy of your transcript sent to the University of Memphis from your institution by the 14th day of your first semester. Degree conferral dates must be clearly indicated on the final official transcript. Personal copies of your transcript will not be accepted. Failure to have your final official transcript sent to us by the 14th day of your first semester will result in a hold being placed on your account and you will not be able to register for the next semester. 
    • Have your institution send a final, official transcript to:
      • The University of Memphis
        Graduate Admissions
        365 Innovation Drive, Room 201
        Memphis, TN 38152
      • If your institution can send official transcripts electronically, they can be emailed from the institution to graduatetranscripts@memphis.edu
  3. Applicants whose highest degree is from a foreign university may be required to have their credentials evaluated by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services web site (www.naces.org). Please check the website of the specific program to determine if this evaluation is required.
  4. Submit the required test scores for your academic programs.  Entrance exam tests  (such as the GRE, GMAT) may be required by some programs.  Check your program to determine which test scores, if any, are required. If your program requires test scores, upload a test taker score report at the time of application submission. Failure to submit your score report will result in a delay in processing your application. 
  5. Although admission decisions can be made on the basis of unofficial test scores, you will need to make scores available to us for verification or have them sent to us via the testing agency by the 14th day of your first semester. Failure to do so will result in registration hold being placed on your account.  
  6. Language Proficiency Test Scores
    • Upload a copy of your Test Taker Score Report at the time of application submission. In order to verify the scores on your test taker score report, English Language Proficiency Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to The University of Memphis or made available to us for verification. Admission decisions will not be made on unofficial language proficiency scores. We must verify your scores before admission decisions are made. Please see the information below on how to make your scores available for verification or sent directly to us by the testing agency. Please see the information below on how to do this:
  7. Some programs require letters of reference. If your department requires letters of reference, you should add the names and contact information for your references within the application. An automated email will be sent to your references so that they can upload their letter.  Please be sure that the contact information is correct.  Failure to submit the correct contact information for your reference will cause delays in processing your application.  
  8. Some departments require additional documents such as a resume, CV, personal statement, or cover letter.  Please check with your program for additional document requirements.