The Department of History

College of Arts & Sciences

For Applicants

We are glad you are considering applying to do graduate work in History at the University of Tennessee. On this page, you will find information about the History Department’s specific deadlines and admission procedures. Please be sure to also consult the UT Graduate School’s website (, which includes lots of important additional information about the application process.

We are currently accepting applications for entry in Fall 2016. In order to be considered for admission, please submit all your application materials on or before Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015. Please note that we only consider applications once a year. Applications must be complete before we will review them, and students who do not meet the deadlines outlined below will need to wait for next year’s cycle to apply.

Our Graduate Programs:

We accept applications for the MA and the PhD in History.

Student may apply to our PhD program either directly from the BA or from other MA programs. While most of our graduate students were undergraduate history majors, we also sometimes accept students with backgrounds in closely related fields.

For students who have no current plans to continue on for the doctorate, we also offer a terminal MA in History.

As part of our admission process, we also evaluate applicants for departmental funding. For more information on the financial support the department has available, please look here. Please let us know in your letter of scholarly intent if you do not need to be considered for funding.


PLEASE NOTE: In most cases, we only provide funding support to students who are enrolled in our PhD program. MA students are offered funding only in highly unusual circumstances.

For more information about the detailed requirements of our programs, please consult the department’s Graduate Student Handbook (


Application Procedure:

Your application to the History Department will be submitted online through the UT Graduate School’s general admissions portal. You will find directions for completing the online application on the Graduate Admissions website (

All of your materials should be submitted through this online system. Please do not have materials mailed to the university.

Both MA and PhD applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • Online Graduate School application
  • Nonrefundable application fee ($60)
  • Transcripts for all previously attended colleges and universities
  • Graduate Record Examination scores
  • Three recommendations from people familiar with your academic abilities and scholarly potential
  • A writing sample (approx. 15-30 pages)
  • A statement of scholarly interest that describes your intended field of study and your professional goals (750 words)
  • A current CV

The History Department will review all applications and make decisions about admission in the early spring. Once admissions decisions have been made, students will receive notification of their admission status from the Graduate School, with additional information following soon thereafter from the History Department if applicable.

For more information on the structure of our graduate programs, please be sure to consult the Graduate Student Handbook ( If you have further questions about the application process, you can contact our graduate administrator Bernie Koprince (, 865-974-0399 or 865-974-5421).

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