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Admission to the Program

University requirements for admission include a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university; 3.0 GPA in last 60 hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate work; scores from the GRE General Aptitude test; and for international students whose first language is not English, a TOEFL score of 600 (or 100 on the internet based test), a minimum score of 68 on the Pearson Test of English, or a minimum IELTS score of 7.

In addition to meeting the minimum university requirements for graduate study, applicants normally have completed an MA in history or a related field (though outstanding BA students can apply), have earned a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytic), and have made a substantial beginning in one tool of research. Admission is based on academic record, letters of recommendation from three professors with whom work was taken recently, a sample of recent written work of substantial length (MA thesis, research paper, or interpretative essay) and favorable judgment by the department's graduate committee and department chair. 

The College of Arts and Sciences uses a rolling admissions process, though if you are requesting to be considered for a fellowship, the application deadline is January 15. Earlier submissions preferred. 

Personal statement should explain how your interests in history overlap with those of one or more faculty members. 

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Application Deadline

The College of Arts and Sciences uses a rolling admissions process, though to be considered for a merit award applications must be received by January 15.

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Application Guidance

For advice on how to craft a successful doctoral application, visit the American Historical Association Web site.  

Also see the American Historical Association's page on resources for history graduate students and early career professionals.

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