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Guide for Graduate Students

Doctor of Philosophy in History

The program
Admission requirements
Nature of course offerings
Fields of study
Requirements and restrictions
Previously earned credits
Time limitation
Foreign language requirement
Comprehensive examination
Reading lists for Ph.D. comprehensive examination fields
Timetable for doctoral program
Forms and applications

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Previously Earned Credits in the Ph.D. Program

With the approval of your Advisory Committee, you can count up to 33 hours of course work with grades of B or higher from your master’s degree toward the 60 required credits. This 33 credit maximum applies whether you took the courses at The University of Memphis or elsewhere. The Advisory Committee will assess the suitability of previously earned credits for the proposed degree in its first formal meeting; the Graduate Coordinator will approve these recommendations after confirming that the credits meet departmental requirements. After your Advisory Committee has approved previously earned credits, fill out the Transfer Credit Evaluation (For Doctoral Degree Programs Only) form at (pdf). When the form asks for U of M Equivalent what it is really asking is if it is the equivalent of our 6000-level courses (i.e., undergraduate students could enroll in the same class) or of our 7/8000-level courses (i.e., only graduate students could enroll). ). So all you need enter is 6___, 7___, or 8___. An exception is if you want to use the course as the equivalent of a specific required course, like a Research Seminar, Historiography course, or Philosophy and Theory of History, in which case you should enter the full equivalent course number.

In addition, credits earned beyond the M.A. degree, whether from another institution or The University of Memphis, can count toward the Ph.D. so long as your Advisory Committee agrees and so long as you also meet the requirement that you take the final 30 credits at the University of Memphis (program requirement 3 above). These credits, however, fall under the time limit for courses (see immediately below) and are not protected as are courses used for the M.A.

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