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Graduate students in the Material Culture Studies Program

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.

For application forms please use the Graduate Studies Office on-line application.

If you have any questions, please click here to email an application counselor.

Master’s Degree Track

Applicants should have

  • a combined verbal and quantitative score of no less than 300 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • an overall undergraduate index of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • an undergraduate history average of at least 3.0
  • letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant’s academic potential
  • a writing sample (minimum of 15 pages) that demonstrates an ability to research and write historically
Ph.D. Degree Track

Applicants should have

  • a combined verbal and quantitative score of no less than 312 on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • an overall undergraduate index of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • an undergraduate history average of at least 3.5
  • strong letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant’s academic potential
  • a writing sample (minimum of 25 pages) that demonstrates an ability to research and write historically

Applicants who do not have significant undergraduate course work in history are not normally admitted to the Ph.D. track.

Writing Sample

We require all applicants to the History Department to submit a writing sample of previous course work or published research that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to use the methods of research and inquiry that characterize historical scholarship. Upload and submit these writing samples with your on-line application.

For further detail, please see our graduate program Guidelines and Policies

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  • University of Delaware
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