Grad Program Admission

To Apply, please use our electronic application portal:

Application Materials  

Applicants to the Graduate Program in History can apply to the program through an electronic application system.  The system will require you to complete the application, upload required documents, send recommendation requests, submit transcripts and GRE scores, and submit application fees and payment.  

The electronic application system will ask you for the following materials in addition to applicant information:

official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate institutions 

 statement of purpose (approximately two pages) explaining reasons for wishing to enter the program

● writing sample such as an original history research paper or essay

three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant’s academic preparation and scholarly potential  (If applicant previously attended a graduate program in History, two of the three letters must be from those familiar with the applicant's performance in the graduate program) 

results of the GRE General Test 

 International students applying to the Graduate Program in History must comply with the requirements concerning the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as outlined in the Undergraduate and Graduate Bulletin

Any questions about required materials can be directed to Dr. Marsha Hamilton, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, 


Application Deadlines 

The USA Admissions Office accepts applications throughout the year, but applicants should be aware of the following deadlines for completed applications: 

July 10 for those beginning in the Fall Semester 

November 20 for those beginning in the Spring Semester 

April 20 for those beginning in the Summer Semester Graduate 


Graduate Assistantships 

Students seeking a Graduate Assistantship in the History Department should complete the application for admission process by March 15 to ensure full consideration for aid beginning in the ensuing Fall semester. 


Admission Requirements

Regular Admission

  • bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education 
  •  minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in all undergraduate work (A=4.0) at least 21 semester hours of college history approved by the History Department Graduate Committee 
  • 3.0 GPA in junior- and senior-level courses 


Non-Degree Admission 

Students holding baccalaureate degrees from accredited institutions of higher education who are not seeking an M.A. degree or who are not yet ready to apply for regular admission may enroll as non- degree students. Permission to enroll in history courses must be granted by the department chair. Non-degree students may not enroll in HY 594: Directed Studies, HY 597: Professional Studies, or HY 599: Thesis. A maximum of 15 semester hours of credit earned as a non-degree student may be applied toward the M.A. degree in history if the student is later admitted into the degree program. Admission into the program requires a formal application, regardless of the number of hours completed as a non-degree student.