University of Tennessee - Space Institute


The University of Tennessee Space Institute (UTSI) is a graduate education and research institution located in Middle Tennessee adjacent to the U. S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Complex. UTSI was established in 1964 as part of The University of Tennessee and has become an internationally recognized institution for graduate study and research in engineering, physics, mathematics, and aviation systems and has made remarkable contributions at the local, state, national, and global levels.


UTSI consistently demonstrates a culture of excellence in graduate education and sponsored research to advance the State-of-Art in Integrated Aerospace Test Sciences that add value for our stakeholders’ success.


To be the leading university in integrated aerospace test sciences.

Our Graduates

Over 2000 graduate degrees — including more than 250 doctorates — have been awarded through UTSI, a large number of them to Tennesseans. For years, UTSI has served the Tennessee industry by offering an off-campus master of science (MS) degree program in Engineering Management (Industrial Engineering) at industrial locations. We have many distinguished alumni, several of whom have achieved national fame as astronauts, company presidents, chief scientists, engineering managers, and renowned scholars and scientists. Many of our alumni occupy high-level positions in industry, government, and universities not only in the United States but in other countries as well.


The University of Tennessee, Knoxville is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Students earning graduate degrees and certificates in disciplines offered by the University of Tennessee Space Institute are graduates of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, which has been continuously accredited by SACSCOC since 1897 and is authorized to award baccalaureate, master, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Admissions Option 2

Apply for admission to one of the UTSI graduate programs by completing the online UT Graduate School Application (select UT Space Institute or UTSI Off-Campus Enrollment).

  • $60 application fee must accompany the application
  • McNair Application Fee Waivers
  • Official transcripts from each college/university attended
  • GRE general test report (a copy will suffice) for all applicants
  • Official IELTS report from the British Council or
  • TOEFL report from Educational Testing Service (ETS)

For international students, please refer to the International Student Admission Guide. For admission, deadlines refer to the following link.

If Internet access is limited please, contact the Admissions office by email or toll-free (888) 822-8874 ext 37228 to request an application/information packet by mail. Supporting documentation such as transcripts or test scores may be copied and can be uploaded to your application during the online process at the time of submission.

Scholarships and Funding Option 2


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