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;
  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.
  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