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2020-21 Graduate Catalog 
2020-21 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Residency Classification for Fee-paying and Admission Purposes

The Graduate Office is charged with the determination of a graduate student’s residency for fee-paying purposes. The Office of International Affairs determines residency for international students. Classification is determined by information submitted on the admission application. All decisions are based on regulations with the intent that all Tennessee public institutions of higher education apply uniform classification rules. Should a student be denied in-state classification, the student has the right of appeal by filling out the “Request In-State Classification” form at mtsu.edu/graduate/forms.php.

A veteran or other individual eligible to receive educational benefits administered by the United States department of veterans affairs, through any provision of the United States Code, shall not be required to pay out-of-state tuition or any out-of-state fee when the veteran or other individual is:

  1. Enrolled in any public institution of higher education in this state;
  2. Utilizing such benefits at the enrolling institution; and
  3. Living in the state of Tennessee, regardless of the individual’s formal state of residency.

Veterans should contact the Daniels Center at (615) 904-8347, KUC 124, with any questions.

Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act (EVEA)

The Tennessee Eligibility Verification for Entitlements Act (EVEA) became effective October 1, 2012. The EVEA requires state public institutions of higher education to verify that persons seeking a “state public benefit” are either a “United States citizen” or “lawfully present” in the United States.

The term “state benefit” includes in-state tuition, lottery scholarship, academic scholarship, common market, or any other form of tuition assistance or waiver funded with state-appropriated dollars. State benefit does not include tuition assistance funded privately, such as a scholarship from the institution’s foundation or a privately endowed scholarship.

Applicants do not have to verify the citizenship or lawful presence if not graduated from high school and are applying as dual enrollment, joint enrollment, or academically talented/gifted.

For additional information concerning EVEA and a list of eligible documents access www.mtsu.edu/evea.

Immunizations and Health Certificates

Hepatitis B and Meningococcal Meningitis Acknowledgment

The State of Tennessee mandates that each public or private postsecondary institution in the state provide information concerning hepatitis B and meningococcal meningitis to all students entering the institution for the first time. New students must acknowledge that they have read this information before they can register for classes. This information and acknowledgment statement are automatically displayed when new students register for classes on PipelineMT. If the student is under age 18, a parent or legal guardian is required to sign the form that is linked to the page and return it to Health Services before registration will be allowed.

All students under age 22 who are enrolling at MTSU for the first time regardless of the level at which the student is matriculating AND who will be living in on-campus housing, must show proof of adequate immunization against meningitis prior to assignment. “Adequate Immunization” means students must have been vaccinated on or after their 16th birthday. On move-in day, those students who have not previously provided such proof must provide it before they can be allowed to move in. For more information, access www.mtsu.edu/healthservices/immunizations.php.

Measles Immunization

Effective July 1, 1998, the State of Tennessee requires students entering colleges, universities, and technical institutes with enrollment of greater than 200 students to provide proof of two (2) doses of measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine on or after the first birthday, or proof of immunity to measles if date of birth is 1957 or after. Students will not be allowed to register for full-time classes until an acceptable form is on file in the Student Health Services Office. More information can be obtained by contacting Student Health Services, 898-2988, or by visiting www.mtsu.edu/healthservices/Immunizations.php.

Varicella (Chickenpox) Immunization

Effective July 1, 2011, the State of Tennessee requires new full-time enrollees in higher education institutions with enrollments larger than 200 students to provide proof of two (2) doses of Varicella vaccine on or after the first birthday, history of chickenpox illness diagnosed by a healthcare provider or verified by a physician, advanced practice nurse or physician assistant to whom the illness is described, or proof of immunity to Varicella if date of birth is 1980 or after. Students will not be allowed to register full-time for classes until an acceptable form is on file in the Student Health Services Office. More information can be obtained by contacting Student Health Services, 898-2988, or by visiting www.mtsu.edu/healthservices/Immunizations.php.

Selective Service

All male U.S.citizens and male noncitizens who take up residency in the United States of American before their 28th birthday must register with Selective Service prior to registering for classes at MTSU. This requirement does not apply to veterans and others exempt by federal law.

Registration Process

The registration guide contains further information concerning registration procedures. The most current information regarding registration and availability of courses will be found online at www.mtsu.edu/registration/registration-guide.php.

Getting Started

To be accepted to the University, all students, including reenrollees and part-time students, must meet admission requirements. The University reserves the right to stop accepting applications and to terminate registration at any point to ensure enrollment limitations according to guidelines set forth by the institution.

MTSU offers priority registration for current, reenrolling, and new graduate students. Assigned registration times are accessible on PipelineMT and communicated via your MTMail account so check your email regularly.

  • Students must resolve any registration holds before being eligible for registration. Students may access PipelineMT to view holds.
  • Students must meet State of Tennessee immunization requirements (see above).


It is recommended for degree-seeking students to meet (in-person, online, via phone) with their program director or advisor before registering for classes for their first semester. This meeting will ensure that students fully understand requirements and begin their program by taking the correct courses. In many programs, departments must enter a permit into the system before a student is allowed to register for a particular course.

Registering Online for Courses

Click on PipelineMT at www.mtsu.edu; Choose Registration and Student Records (left menu). Choose from one of the following:


  • Add or Drop Classes
  • Look Up Classes
  • Display Corequisites

Priority Registration Tools

  • Assigned Advisor
  • Assigned Registration Time
  • Holds
  • Maximum Registration Hours for Term
  • Registration Status
  • Schedule Planner

Safety Precautions

Certain courses and programs require the use and/or handling of hazardous materials or equipment. Students are expected to follow all safety instructions and to take the required safety precautions including, but not limited to, the use of personal protection equipment (PPE) during the course or program to prevent incidences of injury to self or other students

Fee Payment and Confirmation

For fee payment procedures and payment deadlines see Bursar’s website at www.mtsu.edu/tuition. A student is not officially enrolled until completion of all of the requirements of registration including the payment of fees or confirmation of attendance.

How to pay registration fees by credit card or check card on PipelineMT:

  • Log in to PipelineMT, click on Billing and Payment.
  • Select Pay Registration, Balance, or Installment. 
  • Select Continue. You will be taken to the bill payment system. 
  • Select Make a Payment.
  • Check Current account balance then click Continue.
  • Click on the Select Payment Method drop down box then select Credit or Debit Card then click Select.
  • Enter in credit/debit card number then click Continue. 
  • Enter in credit/debit card information then click Continue.
  • Verify your information is correct then click Submit Payment. 
  • Wait for payment confirmation.

How to confirm registration on PipelineMT:

  • Log in to PipelineMT, click on Billing and Payment.
  • Select Confirm Registration.
  • Select the term. Then click Submit. The account balance summary and account detail for the term will be displayed.
  • Click “Yes, I will attend during …” and wait for a confirmation number.

Students will be given a confirmation number and should write down the confirmation number and date as proof of confirmation. If in doubt, students should try the process again and the system will tell them if registration has been confirmed. The confirmation number will not be repeated. If the student does not receive a confirmation number and is instead taken to the bill payment system, aid is either not on the account or a balance is still due.

  • Class schedules will be deleted unless fees are paid or registration confirmed by the fee payment deadlines.
  • Former students must settle all prior accounts in the Business Office and Walker Library before readmission.
  • Students are required to have an ID card which is automatically validated each semester upon payment of fees.
  • Students must register their automobiles for the current academic year.