Ph.D. in Public History Application Procedures


Application Deadlines: February 15 for fall admission; September 15for spring admission

Admission Requirements:
Students applying for admission to the Ph.D. program should:

a. Formally apply for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and fulfill all its requirements, including submission of transcripts from all academic work.

b. Hold a master's degree and have earned at least 18 semester hours of undergraduate history credit or a minimum of 21 semester hours of graduate history credit. Applicants who do not meet these minimums and are admitted conditionally have one year to satisfy the conditions of admission.

c. Have an acceptable grade point average (GPA) in master's degree work (and an acceptable GPA in undergraduate history classes).

d. Provide letters of recommendation from at least three public history professionals or academics that address the candidate's potential for successfully completing a Ph.D. in Public History and describe the qualities that will make him/her an excellent public historian.

e. Submit an approximately 500-word letter of intent noting why he/she wishes to pursue a Ph.D. in Public History, why he/she wishes to do so at Middle Tennessee State University, and career goals after a Ph.D. in Public History is attained.

f. Submit a professional portfolio containing work that demonstrates mastery of research methods, historical analysis, interpretation, and presentation. The portfolio may include research papers, projects, publications, proposals, exhibits, and other public history related work.

Application Checklist:

Submit items 1 through 5 directly to the College of Graduate Studies by emailing them to or mailing them to the following address:

College of Graduate Studies
Campus Box 42
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN, 37132.

1. Application form (now submitted electronically). See: Graduate Studies Admission Application
2.Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended.
3. Letter of intent
4. Letters of recommendation.
5. assistantship application (if assistantship is desired) See: Graduate Assistantship Information; For more information on financial aid, including how to apply for assistantships awarded through the Center for Historic Preservation, please visit Ph.D. Financial Support.

6. Submit professional portfolio directly to the History Department at this address:

Kelle Knight
Department of History
Campus Box 23
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 E. Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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