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Testing Requirements

You may be required to supply the results of testing as part of your application.

Standardized Testing

The program to which you are applying may require test scores such as the GRE or the GMAT. Please check with your desired program to see if they require any standardized test scores. Registration information for the GRE is available at Educational Testing Service (ETS). Registration for the GMAT is available at

After taking your exam, have your scores sent to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. For the GRE, you will be asked for an institution code of 1843 for UT. For the GMAT, simply select UT Haslam College of Business as a recipient.

English Certification

An applicant requesting admission to the Graduate School may be required to submit results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Minimum score requirements for admission to the Graduate School are:

  • a total score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT) or
  • a 6.5 overall band score on the IELTS

The scores will be considered valid if submitted with the application within two years of the test date.

An applicant may be exempted from the English Certification requirement if:

  • English is an official language in the applicant’s country of citizenship, according to standards published by the Graduate School, or
  • English is the primary language of instruction at the institution in which the applicant received an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree.
    Applicant must submit evidence of qualifying for exemption by uploading a transcript in the online application with conferred equivalent to U.S. bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, or professional degree from an accredited college or university where English is the language of instruction in higher education. Evidence that the language of instruction is English must appear on the transcript or the applicant will be asked to provide additional documentation.

Some graduate programs may have more rigorous English certification requirements. Applicants are responsible for meeting the requirements of the graduate programs when the standards exceed those of the Graduate School.

After taking your exam, have your scores sent to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. If you have taken the TOEFL, please use the institution code of 1843. For the IELTS, you will need to provide the following address information to the test center where you took the examination:

University of Tennessee Knoxville Graduate Admissions
1331 Circle Park Drive
201 Student Services Building
Knoxville TN 37923

Find out how to register for the TOEFL or the IELTS.