College of Graduate Studies

Online Forms

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     › Request Deferral
     › Readmission

Enrolled Student Forms
     › Appointment of Graduate Faculty
     › Committee / Candidacy
     › Changes
     › Courses and Credits
     › Exceptions
     › IRB for Protection of Human Subjects
     › Program of Study
          › Certificates
          › Post-Master's Certificates through TN eCampus
          › Master's Level
          › Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)
          › Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
     › Release of Records
     › Thesis / Dissertation Defense
Graduation Forms
     › Commencement
     › Comprehensive Exit Exams
     › Ph.D. Exit


Admission / Readmission

Ready to apply for admission to a graduate program? Before starting any necessary admission materials, you'll first need to fill out your admission application. If you have any questions, we're here to help!

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Admission Materials

Request Deferral

If you wish to change your entry term, please complete the Deferral Request Form.


Students must apply for readmission when a gap occurs in attendance (excludes summer).  Students should reapply through the student portal.Apply for Readmission


Enrolled Student Forms

The following forms are for students who are currently enrolled in a graduate program at Tennessee Tech.

Appointment of Graduate Faculty

Committee / Candidacy


Courses and Credits


IRB For Protection of Human Subjects

All research involving human subjects require approval from the Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects.  The Research & Economic Development provides additional information regarding IRB. 

Program of Study Forms

All students conducting research and writing a thesis must be assigned an advisory committee.  The Appointment of the Advisory Committee / Admission to Candidacy Application form is available below. A program of study worksheet is not required by COGS but may be used by the advisor in establishing a degree plan.

With the implementation of Degree Works, all programs of study are automatically populated upon admission.  Below are the detailed program of study worksheets for use by departments. These worksheets are not required by the College of Graduate Studies. Program of Study Worksheet for Department Use Only »

Release of Records

Thesis/Dissertation Defense and Approval Page


Graduation Forms

In addition to satisfying all degree requirements, a candidate for a degree must submit an Application for Graduation using Tech Express. In Tech Express, select Eagle Online, then the Student menu, and then the Student Records menu. Select the Graduate Studies application, confirm your latest enrollment semester, and select the program you are graduating with. If you are earning both a degree and a certificate, you must apply to graduate for each program separately.

A graduate student must be enrolled during the term in which the degree is awarded. If you need to change your graduation semester, please send a request to

Due dates for the submission of the application are as follows:

Summer — February 1st*
Fall — June 1st
Spring — September 1st

The next graduation date you may apply to is Spring 2024: The late application for graduation for the Spring 2024 semester is currently available.


Ready to walk at Commencement? View full details on the upcoming commencement ceremony, including details on regalia, arrival information, schedule, and live stream details. If you'd like to provide details on how to pronounce your name when you walk across the stage, be sure to submit the Name Pronunciation Instructions form below, or visit the name pronunciation table at Senior Salute.

Name Pronunciation Instructions

Certificate earners do not participate in the University commencement ceremony. Certificate students may attend the end of term activities that may be held in their respective college.

Summer Commencement Ceremonies

There is not a commencement ceremony for those graduating in August. Students who wish to participate will be allowed to return to the University for the December commencement ceremony.

Comprehensive Exit Exam

Ph.D. Exit


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