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For admission into a degree program, applicants should allow a reasonable amount of time for necessary documents to be processed by the appropriate degree program and Graduate Admissions (approximately three to six weeks). International applicants should allow at least four months for the application process. Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure full consideration.

All determinations concerning the classification of a student as in-state or out-of-state for fee purposes are made in the Graduate Admissions office. If, for any reason, there is a question about a state residency classification, the student is responsible for requesting a review of his/her residency status BEFORE classes begin. Complete an Application for Residency Classification and submit it to Graduate Admissions (101 Wilder Tower) for review.

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.

Steps for applying:

    1. First 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, file for readmission or to change your current degree program or student level. (Application fees for initial admission are $35 application fee for domestic students and $60 for international students).
    3. All college transcripts and test score information should also be sent directly to Graduate Admissions. Beginning with Summer and Fall 2013 admittance, the following programs require the ETSĀ® Personal Potential Index (PPI) Evaluation Report containing a minimum of three (3) evaluations from separate evaluators in order to consider your application complete. The PPI is a third-party evaluative tool administered by the ETS (Educational Testing Service) organization. There is no fee to submit the PPI report to the University of Memphis.

      The PPI is required for the following programs:

      1) The Master of Arts, Master of Fine Arts, and Doctoral programs in the Department of English
      2) The Master of Science and Ph.D. programs in the Herff College of Engineering

      The PPI is highly recommended for the following programs:

      1) The Master of Arts program in Public and Non-Profit Administration
      2) The Master of Science and Ed.D. programs in Counseling

      You can create an ETS PPI account and review the ETS PPI Information Bulletin, which explains the service, at

      PPI - Steps At A Glance
        1. Create an ETS PPI account to begin the process.

      2. Provide contact information for the evaluators you would like to complete an ETS PPI evaluation.
      3. ETS sends an email to each evaluator inviting them to access the ETS PPI system and complete your evaluation.
      4. Each evaluator logs in to the ETS PPI system to rate you on six personal attributes and provide an overall evaluation. Evaluators also may provide optional comments for each attribute as well as for the overall rating.
      5. You are notified via e-mail when each time that one of your evaluators completes their PPI.
        6. **THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP** After all of your evaluators have completed their PPI reports, you must log back into your PPI account, designate the University of Memphis Office of Graduate Admissions to receive an ETS PPI Evaluation Report and select the evaluations that are to be included in the report. Our office cannot access your PPI recommendations until you complete this step.

      7. Once you designate the University of Memphis to receive an ETS PPI Evaluation Report, ETS creates an evaluation report and sends it electronically to the University of Memphis, Office of Graduate Admissions. Allow up to 5 days for the report to be processed and sent to the University of Memphis. View a sample PPI Report:

The evaluators/faculty members who you choose should be individuals that you believe are best able to objectively comment on your intellectual and professional achievements and potential.

We may call or write your recommenders for more information.

It is posted on this webpage:

  • Applicants whose highest degree is from a foreign institution must have their credentials evaluated by any credentialing agency listed on the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services web site. Course-to-course evaluation is required. If the program to which you are applying requires letters of recommendation, those letters should be sent directly to the department.
  • Once your application and application fee have been received, all pertinent data will be entered into a central database. At that time, Graduate Admissions will send confirmation of the receipt of your application.
  • After all pertinent admissions information (test scores and transcripts) is received by Graduate Admissions, your record will be forwarded to the respective department for evaluation.
  • If you would like to check your application status, please click here.
  • If the department decides to recommend your admission, Graduate Admissions will be notified. Subsequently, you may hear from the department regarding their recommendation of admission before you hear from Graduate Admissions regarding final admission.
  • Graduate Admissions will send official letters of admission.
  • 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.

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Office of Graduate Admissions
The University of Memphis
Wilder Tower 200
Memphis, TN 38152-3370
Phone: (901) 678-3685
Fax: (901) 678-5023


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