Admissions

Current Admissions Deadlines

We welcome applications to our Ph.D. program. We are highly selective. We accept a small percentage of applicants, and most applicants who are accepted are offered five-year fellowships. Incoming classes average 10-12 students.

The History Department uses the standard online Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Application. Please indicate on the application if you are applying for a joint program, and be aware that the other program may require an additional or special application; consult the other program for more information.

The key application materials are transcripts of coursework; test scores from the GRE General Test (foreign applicants may substitute a TOEFL for the GRE); a statement of purpose, no longer than two double-spaced pages; a substantive sample of scholarly work, preferably a research paper that demonstrates archival research and proficiency in relevant languages; and three letters of recommendation.

Visit the Graduate School Catalogue for additional information on applying to the History Department. Send your application and all supporting materials to the Graduate School, preferably electronically. Do not send any materials directly to the History Department.

Please visit the rest of the Department's website, where you can find information about faculty in your field of interest, and email contacts for faculty and graduate student field representatives. We encourage you to get in touch with the faculty with whom you would like to work, and the student rep in your field, to get their perspectives on our program.