Application and Admission Requirements

Applications to the history graduate program must be submitted via the central admissions system (GradCas). Please ensure you review the sections below before beginning your application. 

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Entrance requirements 

  1. All applicants must apply via the GradCAS system.
  2. Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree and submit the relevant transcripts to the GradCAS system.  For the purpose of the application process, applicants may submit unofficial copies to GradCAS.  However, successful applicants will be required to submit official transcripts to the Graduate College.  If the applicant has credits from multiple institutions, the applicant must submit documentation for all the institutions attended.  Applicants with a teaching certificate in social studies from a U.S. State or Territory should also submit a copy of their certification.
  3. Applicants must have three letters of recommendation.  While academic references are preferred, applicants may also submit professional references, especially if the applicant is apply after a significant hiatus in their studies.  Recommendations must be submitted via the GradCAS system.
  4. Applicants should submit a writing sample of approximately 2,000 words.  It is recommended, although not required, that this writing sample is a piece of academic writing (preferably from the discipline of history), such as an essay or an excerpt from a longer work (such as a capstone project or thesis).  Writing samples must be submitted via GradCAS system.
  5. Applicants must meet the minimum GPA of the Graduate College (2.75 on a 4.00 scale) to be considered for admission.  Meeting the minimum standards is required for admittance but does not guarantee admission.  Candidates with a GPA of 3.00 and above are generally preferred.
  6. Applicants with 24 undergraduate hours in history are preferred.  An accepted student may make up a deficiency with additional courses in history, though these courses may not be counted toward the 30 semester hour total requirement for the master's degree.  Admission will also depend on the quality of the previous academic record. 

For full consideration, complete applications must be received by March 1 for summer or fall admission and October 1 for spring admission.  Applications received after the deadline will be considered dependent on course availability.  

Summary of Application Materials:

  • Transcripts
  • Three references
  • Writing sample
  • Evidence of Teaching Certification (if applicable)

All applicants MUST ensure that their applications, as submitted to the GradCAS system, are complete in order to be considered for admission.

The GRE examination is NOT required for entry into this program.

Accelerated Master's Degree option

Eligible history majors may apply for preliminary acceptance into the History MA program after admission requirements for the accelerated master's option have been satisfied.  Once accepted, students will be able to take up to 9 hours of graduate-level history courses that apply to both their undergraduate and graduate programs.  Once accepted, students can take HST 701, Historiography, which will count toward both degrees and will meet the HST 390, Historiography, requirements for a history major.  This option gives exceptional undergraduate students the opportunity to complete their bachelor's and master's degrees in five years (10 semesters and a summer).  Before enrolling in courses to be counted for both undergraduate and graduate credit, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated master's program and receive prior approval from the history department head, history graduate director and the dean of the Graduate College.

Admission Requirements for the Accelerated Master's Degree Option
  1. Junior standing, with an overall GPA of 3.25.
  2. Major in History, and completed a minimum of 15 hours in history, including at least one course at the 300-level or higher, with a GPA in the major of 3.40.
  3. Recommendation by a faculty member in the History Department

Application review

The History Department will review all completed applications to the program. To be considered complete, applications must be submitted via the GradCas system and include all required documentation (including reference letters). Applications that have been submitted but are incomplete cannot be considered.

For entrance in the summer and fall semesters, completed applications must be received by 1st March. For entrance in the spring semester, completed applications must be received by 1st October.  Admission will be granted to qualified students beginning with the highest rankings until all openings in the program have been filled.

Applications received after the first dates of consideration will only be considered if places remain in the program following the end of the advisement period (mid-April for summer and fall entry and mid-November for spring entry). If no places remain, late applications will be automatically moved to the subsequent semester’s pool of applicants for consideration.  

Admission decisions are based on the application form, the recommendation letters, previous coursework, GPA, and teaching experience when applicable.

International students

International students must demonstrate proficiency in English by scoring 550 or higher on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Please visit International Student Services for more information.