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Graduate Student Life

While studying at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as a graduate student, there are a number of resources available to support you in successfully completing your program. This section of the Graduate School website is devoted to helping you find those resources.

The Big Picture

If you are a new graduate student, or just looking to refresh your view of the graduate education process, the Graduate School provides an overview of the entire process. This “big picture” can help you navigate your way through your time at UT. The Graduate Catalog is also available as the definitive guide to course offerings and requirements. Each fall term, the Graduate School organizes orientations for new graduate students and new graduate teaching assistants and associates.

Pursuing Your Degree

Particularly at the beginning of your program, your coursework will comprise the bulk of your work. UT’s One Stop service can help you in registering for classes, and the Graduate School can help you understand the requirements of your program. If, during the course of your work, you find it necessary to change to a different program, learn about the process for changing your program.

Engaging in Research

While engaging in research as a graduate student at UT, you are a representative of the university. Be sure you understand the rights and obligations involved in conducting research and publishing your work. The Office of Research Engagement is more than happy to assist you in ensuring that your research is in compliance with UT policy and federal regulations. The University of Tennessee Libraries has created a toolkit for graduate students that can help with publishing your work. If you’re beginning your thesis or dissertation research, visit the Theses and Dissertations area for some things to consider.

Costs and Funding Opportunities

The reality is that graduate education can incur costs, such as tuition (which depends upon your residency classification) and research funding. The Graduate School can help you locate funding for your graduate student career through various means, such as teaching or research assistantships and fellowships, both within and without the University of Tennessee. Find out more about Costs and Funding.

Understanding Your Rights and Obligations

The Graduate School and UT have developed a set of policies that are designed for administration and to protect the rights of students and staff. Be sure to understand and abide by these policies. We hope that you do not have any difficulties that add to the challenges inherent in graduate education, but if you do, the appeals process and the complaint procedures can help you protect yourself.


Spotlight on Graduate Students

Fall 2022 Student Faculty Research Awards - The Student Faculty Research Awards are used to advance the scholarship of graduate students and faculty working in partnership. Read some of the proposal summaries of the student/faculty pairs who were selected to receive the awards last fall.
Want to Take Over Our Instagram? - We want to share more stories of our graduate students, so we're opening up a request process to host an Instagram Takeover on our account!
Graduate Hooding Ceremony Featured Speaker Ashley Reeves - Our featured speaker, Ashley Reeves, comes to us from the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Comparative and Experimental Medicine (CEM) program.
Master’s Student Found New Direction in Nuclear Engineering - Though he graduated from UT in spring 2022 in biomedical engineering, Caleb Noe is currently in his first semester as a master’s student in nuclear engineering.
Grad Student Athlete Researches Sports Injuries - Ashley Rogers, a graduate student in biomechanics, is combining her passion for softball with her research goals to improve the sport for future players.