Prospective Graduate Student Information
Graduate Program Admission Requirements & Application
In general, the Office of Graduate Education has two requirements for admission. First, an applicant must have earned a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university, or must have earned the equivalent of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at a reputable foreign institution. Second, an applicant must provide evidence of a strong academic record. This means the applicant must have a grade point average of 3.0 or better (or the equivalent in other grading systems) during the last four semesters or six quarters of undergraduate work, and in all post-baccalaureate work. Students with a slightly lower grade-point average in undergraduate work may very rarely be approved for admission to the M.A. program, but applicants to that program with grade-point averages below 2.7 will be rejected. No such marginal applicants will be admitted to the Ph.D. program.
How to Apply
There are certain application forms the applicant should return directly to the Graduate Chair. You may mail or drop off your required documents to the appropriate location. Failure to submit any of these pieces of information may result in the rejection of your application. Below is a list of important items required for application.
You must submit the following items to the Office of Graduate Education:
• Application Form & Fee
• One copy of all academic transcripts
• GRE Scores
• TOEFL Scores (for international applicants)
• Other documents as requested in the application form
You must submit the following items to the Graduate Chair, Department of History at Sakamaki Hall:
• Express Information Form
• Statement of Objectives
• Writing Sample
• Letters of Recommendation (2 for M.A. Program*; 3 for Ph.D. Program)
Applying for an Assistantship:
You must submit the following items to the Graduate Chair (Department of History at Sakamaki Hall):
• Graduate Assistantship Application Form
• Graduate Assistantship Evaluation Form (to be submitted with each letter of recommendation).
• CV or resume
For more details about admission requirements and guidelines, please refer to the Prospective Student Information brochure (Updated June 2016).