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Admission: Procedures and Standards

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Candidates should apply online for history graduate programs through the University's Office of Graduate and Professional Education. Our application deadline is January 5th.

Students with a bachelor's degree in any field may apply to the Master's Degree track. Students with either a B.A. or M.A. in history or a related field may apply to the Ph.D. track.

Students in the Master's Degree track may apply to the Ph.D. track at a later date if the quality of their graduate work is sufficiently high. If admitted, they will be required to complete additional coursework beyond the 21 history units required for the M.A. In some cases, this might include a third year of coursework to prepare for the Ph.D. exams.

Admission to the graduate program is competitive. Those who meet the stated requirements are not guaranteed admission, nor are those who fail to meet all the stated requirements necessarily precluded from admission if they offer other appropriate strengths. Except in unusual circumstances, admission is offered only for the Fall semester and all decisions for all programs are made by the faculty of the Graduate Studies Committee.

Master's Degree Track

Applicants should have a combined verbal and quantitative score of no less than 300 on the Graduate Record Examination (GREs); an overall undergraduate index of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; an undergraduate history average of at least 3.0; and letters of recommendation from three people familiar with the applicant's academic potential. In addition, applicants should submit a writing sample of 15 to 25 pages demonstrating their ability to do historical research and writing.

Ph.D. Degree Track

Applicants should have a combined verbal and quantitative score of no less than 312 on the Graduate Record Examination (GREs); an overall undergraduate index of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; an undergraduate history average of at least 3.5; and strong letters of recommendation from three people familiar with the applicant's academic potential. In addition, applicants should submit a writing sample of approximately 25 pages demonstrating their ability to do historical research and writing. Applicants who do not have significant undergraduate course work in history are not normally admitted directly to the Ph.D. program.

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