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History, Doctor of Philosophy

Admission criteria

Fall deadline: mid-January (consult department website for exact date)

  • MA in history strongly preferred
  • Quality of master’s thesis or research seminar paper submission

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test TypeTotal ScoreReadingListeningSpeakingWriting
TOEFL Internet -based8017171717
TOEFL Paper-based5505252N/A52
IELTS Academic6.56666

Students who do not meet one or more of these criteria may enroll as non-degree graduate students. Contact the director of graduate studies for further details. All admissions of doctoral candidates who did not receive the MA degree from the department are provisional. These students must pass a qualifying examination. See below for information about the qualifying examination.

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the History Program

  • Copy of each college transcript where a degree was earned or is pending (uploaded to the online application). Applicants accepted by the History program will be required to provide official transcripts to the Graduate Admissions office to be formally admitted to the University.
  • Short essay explaining goals and expectations in graduate study, including the fields in which the student plans to specialize (upload to the online application)
  • Substantial writing sample, such as a final research paper from a course (upload to the online application)
  • 3 letters of recommendation (submission through the online application system strongly preferred, but postal mail submission directly to the department allowed)
  • Official GRE score report (Optional)
  • Official TOEFL score for international students

Incomplete applications will not be considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required documents have been received by the mid-January deadline.