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Graduate Students


Grad students

The Tickle College of Engineering offers students a superior graduate education. We are one of the fastest growing public PhD engineering programs in the nation, with 16 master’s and 15 doctoral degrees offered across eight departments.

Our award-winning faculty include National Academy of Engineering members, Distinguished Scientists, and UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor’s Chairs who are world renown in their areas of expertise. Since 2012, we have added four new academic buildings with $129 million, state-of-the-art Zeanah Engineering Complex opening last fall. The complex houses flexible laboratory spaces for advanced engineering research as well as our top-ranked Department of Nuclear Engineering.

The college’s close alliance with nearby ORNL—the nation’s largest federal lab—allows us to extend unique opportunities to students to pursue projects working with professors and researchers who are internationally respected in their fields.

Additionally, UT and ORNL co-sponsor the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, the fastest-growing doctoral program at UT, with doctorates in both big data and energy science offered. These resources, among others, provide a level of access and experience for graduate students not readily available outside Knoxville.

Whatever your desired path forward, we will prepare you to use your knowledge and skills to lead and serve others in a way only a UT Volunteer can.

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Admission Requirements

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.

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Facilities and Research

The college supports a wide breadth of facilities and laboratories dedicated to a multitude of research thrusts. Additionally, the UT Space Institute includes high-speed wind tunnels and flow diagnostics labs for a variety of applications.

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Financial Support

The college and other units across campus provide support for graduate students through part-time assistantships as well as merit-based fellowships.

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Campus Life

Knoxville is a thriving Southern city known for its festivals, great outdoors, diverse music scene, and wide variety of eateries.