Prospective Graduate Student Information
Graduate Program Admission Requirements & Application
In general, Graduate Division 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
Prospective students should submit the following items via the Graduate Division’s online application:
• Application fee
• One copy of all academic transcripts
• GRE Scores (optional for applications for Fall 2021 admissions)
• TOEFL Scores (for international applicants)
• Other documents as requested in the application form
In addition, the History Department requires the following documents be submitted via the Graduate Application Supplemental Documents Upload Website:
• Express Information Form (PDF)
• Statement of Objectives
• Writing Sample
• Letters of Recommendation* (2 for M.A. Program**; 3 for Ph.D. Program)
Applying for an Assistantship:
To be considered for a History Department Graduate Assistantship, submit the following documents via the Graduate Application Supplemental Documents Upload Website:
For more details about admission requirements and guidelines, please refer to the Prospective Student Information brochure (updated October 2020):
*Letters of Recommendation for admission should be submitted independently by the recommenders whose emails the applicant lists on the Supplemental Documents website.
**Prospective M.A. Program students applying for a graduate assistantship must submit an additional letter of recommendation, for a total of three (3) letters of recommendation.
***Applicants also applying for a Graduate Assistantship should complete Part I of three Graduate Assistantship Evaluation Forms and send the forms to the designated recommenders. Each recommender should complete Part II and submit it via the Graduate Division Supplemental Website.