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Graduate Education at UT

UT is Tennessee’s flagship land-grant university. Excellence in graduate education is a vital part of Vol Vision 2020, our guiding framework for achieving our potential among the nation’s top research universities. Among its accolades, UT has received the Highest Research Activity classification for Doctoral Universities by the Carnegie Foundation and the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

Graduate programs at UT are on the rise. Our printmaking, supply chain management, and nuclear engineering programs continue to maintain a position in the top 10 among public universities. Graduate programs in the Haslam College of Business, the College of Law, and the Tickle College of Engineering took big steps up in the rankings in 2016. Other programs across our campus are continuing to attain high positions in the rankings, allowing UT’s graduate programs to rate among the best in the country.


Innovative Research

UT creates an environment that fosters innovation by partnering with institutions such as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. An example is the Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education, which houses one of UT’s fastest-growing graduate programs. This leveraging of resources from UT and ORNL draws exceptional doctoral students from the US and the world to pursue studies in energy science and engineering.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

We are committed to ensuring our campus is a welcoming environment where people are open to learning from one another. We celebrate our differences and the opportunities they create through experiences with people who have different beliefs and come from other places, cultures, and backgrounds.

A Campus for Students

From a state-of-the-art research library to personal counseling services to modern recreational facilities, UT’s campus is dedicated to providing an environment for our students that helps them achieve both academic success and a healthy mind and body.



Beyond the Campus

Committing to study at a university is about more than academics. It’s also about finding the right place to call home. Our campus is located near downtown Knoxville, a thriving modern city with small town charm that is home to music venues, museums, galleries, annual festivals, local sports teams, excellent restaurants, craft breweries, and eclectic shops.

UT is also perfectly situated for outdoor adventure. The Tennessee River runs by campus, which is just a few miles from Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness, a system of more than 1,000 forested acres with over 50 miles of multiuse trails that is attracting national attention. Campus is also just a short drive away from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most-visited national park in the country.

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