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. 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.
  2. Applicants with 24 undergraduate hours in history are preferred. However, applicants with a background in associated fields from the social sciences, humanities, and/or education will also be considered. The department also considers applications from in-service certified teachers.

Potential applications who do not meet these criteria may contact the Graduate Director. It is possible to take undergraduate credits through Missouri State University to make up any deficits in either coursework or GPA requirements.

Application Process and Materials

All applicants must apply via the GradCAS system. Application materials should not be sent to the department directly. The department can only consider completed applications that include the following materials.

  • Curriculum Vitae: Applicants must include an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae (CV). This document should include a list of the applicant’s degree(s) as well as their GPA for each of their qualifications.
  • Transcripts: Applicants must hold an undergraduate degree and submit the relevant transcripts to the GradCAS system. For the purpose of the application process, applicants may submit unofficial copies of their transcript(s) to the GradCAS system. Successful applicants will be required to submit official transcripts to the Graduate College within the first semester of their studies. If the applicant has credits from multiple institutions, the applicant must submit documentation for all institutions attended.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Applicants must have three letters of recommendation. While academic references are preferred, applicants may also submit professional references, especially if the applicant is applying after a significant hiatus in their studies. Recommendations must be submitted via the GradCAS system. Please note that the GradCas system allows students to send a link directly to their referee, which allows their referee to submit their letter of recommendation directly to the applicant’s file.
  • Writing sample: Applicants must submit a writing sample of approximately 2,000 words. Writing samples must be submitted via the GradCAS system. 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). For applicants who do not have an example of their academic writing, a sample of professional writing that the applicant feels accurately reflects their abilities may be submitted.
  • Evidence of Teaching Certification (if applicable): Applicants with a teaching certificate in social studies from a US state or territory should submit a copy of their certification via the GradCas system.

Should applicants have any technical issues pertaining to GradCas, they should contact Graduate Admissions.

Dates of Consideration

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.

Late admissions are processed in April for entry in the summer and the fall semesters and November for entry in the spring semester. If the department has already admitted a full cohort of students by that time, late applications will be automatically moved to the subsequent semester’s application pool.

Graduate Record Examination

Please note that Missouri State University History Department DOES NOT require the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE).

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.