Facts

History of Advanced Degree Programs

 The first advanced degree program, theology, was offered in 1886 when The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga was known as Chattanooga University. The degree in theology was followed by advanced degrees in medicine and law. In 1910, advanced degrees were discontinued at the institution.

It was not until 1942 that a post baccalaureate degree, as we know it, was offered. The master’s degree in music was approved in 1942 and was followed in 1948 by a master’s degree in education. After this modest beginning in the 1940s and 1950s, the University added four or five graduate programs each decade until the 1990s when it added six new programs. Currently, there are 15 graduate certificates, 20 master's degrees, one education specialist, and four doctoral degree programs.

When The University of Chattanooga and City College merged with The University of Tennessee in 1969, the merger agreement stated that UTC would “become a doctoral-granted institution as soon as practicable.” UTC awarded its first doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Computational Engineering in December 2004. 

HISTORY OF GRADUATE EDUCATION at UTC

1886

Advanced degree in Theology

1889-1907

Only advanced degrees-Medicine, Law, Theology

1910

Advanced degrees, discontinued

1942

Master of Music

1948

Master of Education in:
Elementary, Secondary
Administration and Supervision
Educational Psychology

1956

Master of Music (discontinued)

1961

Master of Business Administration

1963

Cooperative Engineering Master’s with UTK

1973

Master of Education in Community Counseling

1975

Master of Science: Psychology

1976

Master of Education in Special Education

1978

Master of Criminal Justice

1978

Master of Science in Engineering

1979

Master of Music, reactivated

1980

Master of Science in Computer Science

1983

Master of Arts in English

1986

Master of Public Administration

1989

Master of Science in Engineering Management

1991

Master of Science in Nursing

1992

Master of Accountancy

1996

Master of Science in Environmental Science

1998

Master of Science in Athletic Training

1998

Education Specialist in Advanced Educational Practice

1998

Master of Physical Therapy

2003

Doctor of Physical Therapy

2004

Doctor of Philosophy in Computational Engineering

2004

Doctor of Education in Learning and Leadership

2011

Doctor of Nursing Practice

2012

Doctor of Occupational Therapy

2014

PMBA - Online Program

2014

Doctor of Nursing Practice

2014

Doctor of Nursing Practice: Nursing Administration

2015

Master of Interior Design

2015

Master of Science in Interior Design

2015

Master of Social Work