PhD in History

Admission Requirements

For admission to the PhD program, the student must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and a satisfactory score on the General Test of the GRE. Applications must be approved by the department’s graduate committee. The committee's decisions on admission are based on a review of all application materials. A minimum GRE score on its own does not guarantee acceptance.

Applicants will submit the following materials for consideration:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions
  • Official scores from the General Test of the GRE sent from ETS (see minimums below)
  • A writing sample
  • A statement of purpose
  • An application for an assistantship (for those who wish to be considered for funding--note earlier application deadline for assistantships). Available at:
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation

All materials for admission to the PhD in History are due on March 15. January 15 is the due date for those wishing to be considered for assistantships.

Expected minimum scores for applicants to the Ph.D. program are:

Expected minimum scores


Verbal Verbal / Quantitative Combined Analytical Writing
current GRE scoring 156 300 4.5
old GRE scoring system 550 1050 4.5

While all applicants are expected to meet these minimums, a minimum GRE score on its own does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Applicants for admission to either program who lack sufficient undergraduate course work in history may be required to take additional coursework beyond the minimum requirements of the program.

Finally, applicants should consult our Frequently Asked Questions and get in contact with our Director of Graduate Studies, who can provide more information about the program, as well as specific advice on making an application.

Last Updated: November 15, 2016