Doctor of Philosophy in Public History

Program Director: Dr. Pippa Holloway
Peck Hall 285
Graduate Analyst: Glenda Vandygrift

The Ph.D. in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University is an innovative, practice-based, individualized program of study. Offered by the Department of History in partnership with the Center for Historic Preservation and the Center for Popular Music, the program provides a community of nationally recognized scholars and cultural heritage professionals cooperating to train the next generation of leaders in the field of public history.

Application deadlines: 
Fall Admission: February 15
Spring Admission: September 15 

Admission Requirements:

To be admitted to the Doctor of Philosophy in Public History program,
a student must submit the following to the College of Graduate Studies:

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official transcripts of all previous college work. If the transcripts are issued from an international (non-US) institution, a course-by course analysis is required. Original non-US transcripts should be submitted directly to the evaluation service. (Click here for more information on non-US transcripts.)
  3. submit 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;
  4. 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;
  5. 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.
  6. Official Test Scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Submit Application Materials to:

College of Graduate Studies
MTSU Box 42
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Test Codes for Middle Tennessee State University:
INFS - 6ZR-KJ-37
MBA (Full-time) - 6ZR-KJ-25
MBA (Part-time) - 6ZR-KJ-52
GRE 1466
MAT 1751
Praxis 1466
TOEFL 1466