Requirements for Admission
Prospective applicants must hold at least a Bachelor degree from an accredited institution. Undergraduate work should include a focus on the Humanities, but no specific major is required. Some language preparation is highly desirable. The Department of History recruits and admits all students to the Ph.D. track; the Department does not grant stand-alone or terminal Master degrees.
Preparing Your Application
All applicants must complete the Application for Admission through the Graduate School. All applications must be completed and submitted by January 4th preceding the Fall semester of admission.
In your Statement of Intent, describe your areas of interest and include the names of departmental faculty with whom you want to work (potential advisors). Please note that faculty designated "emeritus" are retired and no longer accept new advisees or teach courses.
Your writing sample should demonstrate your skills in writing, analysis, and, if possible, historical research. In general, writing samples should be no longer than 20 pages. If you are sending part of a longer work (for example, a Master's thesis), please include an abstract describing the whole piece and its argument.
Applications are reviewed by multiple faculty members, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the Department's Graduate Studies Committee. Select applicants will be interviewed by faculty members via video conference. Admissions offers are made based on application materials, including letters of recommendation, and the interview. Admitted students are invited to visit the University and interact with the faculty and current students before making their final decision.
All graduate students admitted to the Ph.D. program are offered a full tuition scholarship, a generous stipend, and additional support for research travel, conference presentations, and other professional development. Detailed financial arrangements are included in the formal offer letter from the Graduate School.