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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 co-requisites and pre-requisites.

Applicants must complete the graduate school application for The University of Tennessee, Knoxville to be considered for admission. 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 two-page statement of research interest and its relevance to leadership and innovation in the field of either Energy or Data Science
  2. A copy of your resume or CV
  3. Three letters of recommendation
  4. Official GRE scores

All supplementary materials must be received by January 31, 2020. Please instruct those writing recommendations on your behalf to attach their letter in PDF or Word format on letterhead.

Please note that The Bredesen Center has a Fall Entrance Only admission cycle. In order to insure that your application gets reviewed, you must select the Fall term on your application. See the Apply Page for more details regarding our application process and timeline.

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. UTK graduate students wishing to apply, but not intending to complete 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.