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Admissions Criteria

Applicants must fulfill the general admission criteria for the Graduate School at the University of Tennessee. In addition, the student must have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a field of science or engineering. Students with other undergraduate degrees may also be admitted on a case-by-case basis, determined by the Bredesen Center Graduate Coordinating Committee. Dependent on the student’s background, additional coursework may be required to satisfy corequisites and prerequisites.

Applicants must first complete a brief online Intent to Apply form, in addition to completing a graduate school application for The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Once you have expressed your intent to apply to the Bredesen Center programs via the online form, it is absolutely necessary that you proceed with application to the UT Graduate School and follow up by supplying all of the required documentation to supplement your application. In order to complete your application, you are required to submit the following supplementary materials through graduate admissions before your application will be considered complete:

  1. A one page statement of research interest
  2. A copy of your resume or CV
  3. Three letters of recommendation

All supplementary materials must be received by January 31, 2017. Please instruct your recommenders to attach their letter in PDF or Word format on letterhead.

Students currently enrolled in graduate programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville may apply to join the Bredesen Center program upon the completion of a degree. Current UTK graduate students planning to complete a Master’s Degree prior to joining the Bredesen Center should follow normal application procedures. Graduate students wishing to apply, but are not nearing completion of a Master’s degree, must obtain a letter of support/permission from their current department head in order to be considered a candidate for Bredesen Center programs.

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