Prospective applicants must submit an online application to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
International applicants should follow instructions in the Admissions Guide for Graduate International Students.
The following materials are required for admission to this program and will be requested by Graduate Admissions when you begin your application:
- Letter of Introduction
- An up-to-date electronic version of your original transcript must be uploaded with your online application. This is to expedite your admissions process. If you are admitted into the program, you must have an official copy of your transcripts mailed from your previous/current university directly to UT Graduate Admissions. For help with this process check out the Graduate School page on Transcripts or call Graduate Admissions at 865-974-3251.
- Writing Sample
- This may be a copy of a thesis written for a graduate degree, a published article, a legal brief, a research report or course paper, or another form of writing that you feel represents your professional writing skills and style.
- Three Completed Rating Forms
- Choose raters who can assess your academic background and likely success in a rigorous program. If you are a recent graduate, you should include one or more faculty members who can attest to your work as a student. Other appropriate raters include work supervisors. Family members and personal friends are not appropriate raters. You need to prompt your raters to submit their forms to the Graduate Admissions. At least two of your rating forms must be submitted before your application will be considered complete. It is to your advantage, however, to make sure that all three rating forms are submitted on time.
- GRE Revised General Test Scores
- As of the academic year 2020-2021, the Adult Learning PhD program in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling at the University Tennessee, Knoxville no longer requires the GRE scores for the program applicants. Therefore, the Adult Learning PhD program will waive the GRE test as a requirement and use alternatives to holistically screen our candidates for admission with an understanding that our adult learners hold rich life and work experiences and professional expertise besides their various kinds of training and skill sets.
- Statement of Goals
- Instruction will be provided during the application process.
Questions regarding the Graduate School application process? Contact Graduate Admissions.
To check on the status of your application to the UT Graduate School, please see information on the Graduate Admissions Application Status page, or call (865) 974-3251.
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