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MTSU Grad Studies offers special $2 application fee to commemorate R2 status elevation

To commemorate Middle Tennessee State University’s recent elevation to “R2 high research activity” status by Carnegie Classification, the College of Graduate Studies is offering a limited time, reduced $2 application fee for domestic students applying for the fall 2022 semester. (MTSU graphic by Keith Dotson)

To commemorate MTSU’s recent elevation to “R2 high research activity,” the College of Graduate Studies is offering a limited time, reduced $2 application fee for domestic students applying for the fall 2022 semester.

Sarah Hendrix, strategic communications, College of Graduate Studies
Sarah Hendrix

“We wanted to celebrate both our new R2 status and assist those who might be hesitant to start their graduate school journey to take the next step to apply for the fall semester,” said Sarah Hendrix, the graduate school’s manager of strategic communications. “We recommend students apply as soon as possible to take advantage of the reduced fee.”

The offer — an almost $50 savings — serves as one of many features that attracts new students to seeking an advanced degree or training at MTSU, the college hitting record enrollment numbers in recent years. 

Dr. Dawn McCormack
Dr. Dawn McCormack

Education options range from taking courses as a non-degree student to earning certificates, master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees, said Dawn McCormack, associate dean of the college. 

The college also continues to waive admission tests for some programs. A full list of eligible programs can be found here https://www.mtsu.edu/graduate/gre-waivers.php

“We hope people see that applying to graduate school is easier than they might think,” said David Butler, College of Graduate Studies dean. “Reducing the barriers to apply to graduate school opens the opportunities for advanced education to more people in Tennessee.”

Dr. David Butler, dean of the College of Graduate Studies and vice provost for research
Dr. David Butler

College staff even began offering personalized golf cart campus tours this spring to further cater to hopeful students and show off the beautiful and accommodating True Blue campus. Those interested can email AskGrad@mtsu.edu to schedule a tour and learn more about tours here

Butler said the university’s advancement to prestigious R2 status by Carnegie Classification earlier this year shows that the faculty is conducting relevant and exciting research. 

“Graduate students at MTSU often have the chance to participate in research with our faculty,” he said. “We hope that people looking for a graduate school see MTSU as a great place to work on research in their graduate student journey.”

To learn more about the opportunities at the College of Graduate Studies, visit the website https://www.mtsu.edu/graduate/

— Stephanie Barrette (Stephanie.Barrette@mtsu.edu)

Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney A. McPhee, right, and David Butler, left, vice provost for research and College of Graduate Studies dean, unveil the replica of a future plaque commemorating the university’s historic elevation to R2 “High Research Activity” Carnegie classification status on March 25, 2022, at the ballroom of the Student Union Building on campus. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)
Middle Tennessee State University President Sidney A. McPhee, right, and David Butler, left, vice provost for research and College of Graduate Studies dean, unveil the replica of a future plaque commemorating the university’s historic elevation to R2 “High Research Activity” Carnegie classification status on March 25, 2022, at the ballroom of the Student Union Building on campus. (MTSU photo by J. Intintoli)

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