Application and Admission Requirements

Apply to this program through a central application. Review the sections below before you begin. 

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Entrance requirements 

  1. Applicants must have three letters of recommendation.
  2. Applicants must either submit recent (within 5 years) Graduate Record Examination scores (on the general exam, the specific history subject exam not being required) or have a teaching certificate in social studies from a U.S. State or Territory.  All applicants with a GPA below 3.00 on a 4.00 scale must submit recent GRE scores.
  3. Applicants must have 24 undergraduate hours in history (or equivalent).  A graduate student may make up a deficiency with additional courses in history, though such 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.  Meeting the minimum standards of the Graduate College is required for admittance but does not guarantee admission.  Applications received after the due date will be considered dependent on course availability.  

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 submitted applications and will make admission decisions based on the application form, the recommendation forms, previous coursework, and your GPA and GRE scores. Admission will be granted to qualified students beginning with the highest rankings until all openings in the program have been filled. If you do not meet all standard criteria, you may still be considered for admission to the program based upon compensating factors.

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.