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As you explore your options for graduate education, we hope you are considering joining us on Rocky Top! We would like to provide you with reasons to choose UT.

Becoming a Volunteer 

“One that beareth a torch shadoweth oneself to give light to others.” 

This is the Volunteer Creed and by starting a graduate program at UT, you join a community of students, faculty, staff that work to embody the words of that creed. Research at UT goes beyond the lab and the classroom, impacting lives in communities both local and global. Graduate student organizations provide ways to “give light to others” in Knoxville and elsewhere in East Tennessee.

If you value service and being engaged with your community, why not become a Volunteer?

Excellent Graduate Programs 

UT has a variety of graduate programs in humanities, social sciences, health, agriculture, and STEM fields, among many more.  

  • 65 doctoral programs, 81 master’s programs, 71 graduate certificates, 3 educational specialist programs and 4 professional programs. (may be shown with some special formatting or graphics) 
  • Over 100 online graduate programs, and more are being added every year. 
  • UT has very highly ranked programs, such as supply chain management, business analytics, nuclear engineering, law, and veterinary medicine.

Search for a UT graduate program that works best for your goals!

Outstanding Research Support

UT provides state-of-the-art facilities to engage in your research, whether you choose to work in STEM, humanities, social sciences, health, education, or whatever you are passionate about.

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is the premiere national laboratory in the United States. UT has been connected with ORNL since its beginnings, and that connection has only gotten stronger over the years. The newly created Oak Ridge Institute at UT aims to align the full portfolio of UT–ORNL joint programs to provide more interdisciplinary academic paths for students, develop new opportunities for industry partnerships, and create an atmosphere for groundbreaking team-led research.

The UT Humanities Center (UTHC) is a research center that supports advanced study of the arts and humanities, fosters interdisciplinary research that includes humanistic inquiry, and advocates for the value of the arts and humanities to solving complex problems in our world today. However, UTHC goes beyond the arts and humanities, creating collaborations with fields such as architecture, law, ethnic and cultural studies, gender studies, anthropology, geography, civics, and digital computing. They support graduate students and faculty by providing vital writing and research time, space, and funding and they promote the humanities through its public outreach programs and community collaborations.

If you are interested in exploring the amazing research of our graduate and professional students, the Graduate School works to spotlight their work:

Professional Development 

Being a successful graduate or professional student goes beyond acquiring the skills for a practitioner in your chosen field. To succeed while in your graduate program and after graduation, you may need to learn tools for managing your career, forming networks, maintaining good work-life balance, communicating research to community, among others. The Graduate School and its campus partners recognizes the need for a way for our students to learn those strategies.

GPSPD (Graduate and Professional Student Professional Development) is a cross-campus initiative to empower students to pursue their own career pathway, help students develop a flexible view of career options, assist in the building of mentoring networks, advocate for graduate professional development among the campus community, and provide access to tools and training to strengthen skills in teaching, research and career. There are currently five modules in the GPSPD framework:

  • Professional Socialization and Professionalism
  • Networking and Relationship Building
  • Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Career Development and Management
  • Well-Being and Personal Development

Workshop series such as Evolving Practices in Teaching and What’s Your Work About? are designed to support these modules. And each module provides links to Linked Learning courses that UT students are able to access for free.