Graduate students are admitted into one of three categories: provisional, non-degree, or degree (M.S. or Ph.D.). Students in the provisional status are automatically changed to non-degree status upon earning at least a 3.0 grade point average in all course work attempted at The University of Tennessee (graduate and undergraduate) including at least six hours of graduate coursework. A request for change of status from non-degree to degree must be submitted by the student to the Office of Graduate Admissions and Records upon satisfactory completion of the requirements as outlined in The Graduate School Catalog.

Applicants with a baccalaureate degree from an institution in the United States, who have a GPA below 2.7/4.0, can only be admitted on probation. International applicants on a non-immigrant visa cannot be admitted if their baccalaureate GPA is less than 3.0/4.0. The probationary status will be removed after completion of nine or more hours of graduate credit with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Failure to maintain a 3.0 while in this status will result in dismissal.