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Graduate Students

UT’s Tickle College of Engineering offers a superior graduate education in the engineering field. For more than 150 years, our college has provided the advanced skills and training that place our graduates on the forefront of contemporary technological developments.

Our graduate students work closely with distinguished faculty members who supervise and mentor the next generations of engineering academics, innovators, and investigators.

Our close alliance with nearby Oak Ridge National Laboratory allows us to extend unique opportunities to pursue research projects working with professors and researchers who are internationally respected in their fields of study.

Interested in graduate studies in engineering? Connect with the Graduate School to have your questions answered.

All students who wish to pursue a UT engineering graduate degree must first be admitted through the Graduate School.

Candidates for engineering programs must have earned a bachelor’s degree with grade point average of at least 2.7 out of 4.0 from a college or university accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency or a foreign equivalent.

The college also requires that all students take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) test when applying for admittance to any engineering PhD program.

Additionally, students whose native language is not English must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Master’s and Doctoral Degrees

View a complete list of the master’s and doctoral degrees in engineering offered at UT.

Certificate Programs

Graduate certificate programs offer opportunities to primarily part-time students who are interested in obtaining certification via distance education. Applicants must still meet the minimum criteria for admission, including a bachelor’s degree and successful completion of the GRE examination. The college offers the following certificate programs:

  • Graduate Certificate in Reliability and Maintainability Engineering
  • Contractual and Legal Affairs in Engineering and Construction Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Certificate in Engineering Management
  • Fire Protection Engineering Certificate
  • Power and Energy Systems Graduate Certificate
  • Graduate Certificate in Nuclear Criticality Safety
  • Nuclear Security Science and Analysis Graduate Certificate

Visit the Department of Distance Education and Independent Study for more information.

Graduate students in the Tickle College of Engineering have a number of resources available to support them in successfully completing their program.

Visit the Graduate School for more information about graduate student life.


The main sources of financial support for graduate students at UT are graduate assistantships provided by academic departments and administrative offices of the university. Assistantships are financial awards to graduate students for part-time work in teaching, administration, or research while pursuing an advanced degree.

Assistantship appointments usually require a ten- to twenty-hour work week with an annual stipend payable in either nine or twelve monthly installments. Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTA), Graduate Teaching Associates (GTAssoc), Graduate Assistants (GA), and Graduate Research Assistants (GRA) usually receive a waiver of maintenance fees and tuition. Assistantships also provide student health insurance.

Information about assistantships can be found through advising centers, admissions offices, and through the graduate recruiter in your department.

View assistantships posted by the Graduate School
View more information about financial support for graduate students


Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and potential for scholarship. The following awards are offered through the TCE Office of Graduate Studies:

  • Herman E. Spivey Graduate Fellowships
  • Lori Mayer Re-Entry Women’s Graduate Fellowships
  • Wallace & Katie Dean Graduate Fellowships
  • Yates Dissertation Fellowships

Potential and current graduate students are also urged to apply for fellowships or grants from national, international, industrial, or foundation sources. These awards pay annual stipends in addition to tuition funding. Find out additional information on assistantships and fellowships.

The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral, and senior researchers at federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. Find out more information about National Academies fellowships.

The university is a proud member of the National Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM) Consortium. Through our university and employer members, and other strategic partners, GEM develops funding to award fellowships and builds mentor networks to support Fellows in achieving academic and professional success. Find out more information about the GEM Consortium.


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