The Department of History

College of Arts & Sciences


utkhistory-45Applying for Graduate Study in History

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.

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.


Application Deadlines:

If you would like to be considered for departmental funding to support your graduate work, you should submit all of your application materials on or before November 30th, 2014.

Students who do not wish to be considered for funding may take until January 15th, 2015 to complete their applications; however, we strongly encourage everyone to submit their application by the November 30th deadline if possible.


Our Graduate Programs:

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

Students may apply for our PhD program directly from their undergraduate studies. Students who enter with only a BA will receive a concurrent MA while completing the doctorate. We also accept PhD applications from students who have already completed or will shortly complete their MA degrees in History at another institution. We will also consider applications from students with MAs in other closely related fields.

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

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 pages)
  • A statement of scholarly interest that describes your intended field of study and your professional goals (1,000 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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