Application Deadlines

Preference will be given to applications submitted before January 31st for admittance in the upcoming Fall semester. Applications received after March 31st will be reviewed on a case by case basis. For applicants wishing to be considered for a Fall teaching assistantship, the application deadline is January 31st.

For a Spring admit, the application deadline is November 1st. Those wishing to be considered for a Spring teaching assistantship, the application deadline is October 1st

Required Tests

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required, but scores will be reviewed if submitted.

International Applicants

English proficiency scores with the following minimums: TOEFL (80), IELTS (level 6.5), or PTE (54), are required for applicants who are not U.S. citizens and are not from countries where English is the official language. This requirement is waived if the applicant has earned an undergraduate or graduate degree from an institution in the U.S. or if the student is from a country where the English proficiency score is waived.

Please see our International application process page for a list of countries where the english proficiency score is waived as well as more information on applying as an International student.

Additional Admission Requirements

For additional required admission documents please see program website or view list of requirements in the graduate application portal. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.


The Department offers concentrated training in three particular areas: the history of science, technology, and society; environmental history; and U.S. history and history of the American West. Not only do we have faculty members who specialize in these areas, they take pride in their commitment to the close, one-to-one mentoring that makes our program different than other graduate programs. Further, our interdisciplinary department allows students to engage with faculty in other areas - for example, graduate students may work with philosophy faculty on topics like environmental ethics.

While the degrees offered by the Department are grounded in American history, the faculty is committed to familiarizing students with World history, critical theoretical concerns, the history of women in a multi-cultural context, and to encouraging students to think about the history of the United States in a global context.