Requirements

Contact Information

Denise Phillips
Director of Graduate Studies
915 Volunteer Blvd.
6th Floor Dunford Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-4065

Office: 865-974-2641
Fax: 865-974-3915
E-mail: aphill13@utk.edu

Master’s Degree

Students choose between a thesis track or a non-thesis track of study for the MA degree. Students who choose the thesis track must complete 24 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours of thesis credit. There is no foreign language requirement. Students concentrate in one of the three MA fields: Premodern Europe, Modern Europe, or United States.

Students who choose the non-thesis track must complete 30 credit hours of course work. There is no foreign language requirement. A student must take courses in two of the three MA fields: Premodern Europe, Modern Europe, or United States.

Additional information about the Graduate Program in History and the University of Tennessee is available at the University’s Graduate School website. For further information about the graduate program, please refer to the Graduate Handbook. Questions about the program can be directed to the departmental secretary for the graduate program atbkoprinc@utk.edu or 865-974-5421.

PhD Degree

PhDs are awarded in Modern European History, Premodern European history, and US History. To receive a doctoral degree from the Department of History, a student must earn at least 24 credit hours of course credit (post-MA) and an additional 24 credit hours (at minimum) of dissertation credit, all at UT. Students must demonstrate competence in at least one foreign language.

The 24 credit hours of course work are divided into three “groups.” A student must have at least 9 credit hours of course work in Group I, his or her general field of study (United States, Modern European, or Premodern European History). Group II involves the student’s more specialized field of study within United States or European History; the number of credit hours required in this group is not specified. Finally, a student must take 9 credit hours in a Group III teaching field in World History. (Hours earned for an MA degree may be used to meet the hours required for the different doctoral “groups” of courses.) In addition to course work, students must complete comprehensive examinations related to their work in the Group I and Group II fields.

Additional information about the Graduate Program in History and the University of Tennessee is available at the University’s Graduate School website. For further information about the graduate program, please refer to the Graduate Handbook. Questions about the program requirements or the application process also may be directed to the departmental secretary for the program at bkoprinc@utk.edu or 865-974-5421.