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How to Apply

Prerequisites for Admission

Those who hold a BA or BS from an accredited college or university and who have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or above are eligible for admission to the Master's Program. Those who already hold a MA degree from an accredited college or university and who have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or above are eligible for admission to the PhD program. In exceptional cases the grade point requirement may be waived.

The Application deadline for each academic year is January 15th. The Department only admits students once per academic year, in the fall semester. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Required Application Materials
Please read this section with great care. Some parts of the application must be submitted online through the Graduate School. Other parts must be submitted directly to the Department of History. International applicants must provide additional material as described below.

All applicants, domestic and international alike, must apply through the Apply Yourself online application system. Use the Graduate Application Checklist to ensure that you have submitted all the required application materials. They are as follows.

Statement of Purpose
An effective statement will convey a clear understanding of key interpretive problems or issues in the applicant's chosen field.

Writing Sample
Applicants must submit at least one example of academic or professional writing, e.g., a published essay, a masters thesis, an honors thesis, or a seminar paper (10 to 15 pages is the expected length for Masters candidates, 20 to 25 pages is the expected length for PhD candidates).

Three Letters of Recommendation
We strongly recommend that you select individuals to write references that can comment on your academic abilities. Letters from History or other academic faculty are highly valued. It is your responsibility to ensure that all three letters of recommendation reach us by the application deadline.

An Unofficial Copy of Academic Transcripts
Current or graduated University of Utah students are not required to submit their U of U transcripts. If you are admitted to your graduate program, you will be asked to submit an official copy of your transcripts, sent directly from your previous school(s) sent to the Admissions Office.

Application Fee
The application fee is $55.00 for domestic students and $65.00 for international students. You will submit this payment through the Apply Yourself online application.

International Applicants
International applicants need to allow more time for their applications to be processed. We recommend that you have all of your materials submitted by December 15, a month earlier than the stated deadline. For international applicants whose first language is not English, language proficiency scores on either the TOEFL or IELTS sent as soon as possible to the Admission Office. Admission to the graduate program requires a minimum TOEFL score of 61 iBT (500 pBT) or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.0.

GRE Scores
In addition to the Apply Yourself material listed above, all applicants must submit directly to the Department of History their official verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores from the GRE. Scores older than 5 years are not valid. The department generally does not accept applicants for the Master’s program with a verbal score below the 55th percentile, or Ph.D. applicants with a verbal score below the 65th percentile, though we may consider applicants with lower scores in exceptional cases. The official score report must be sent directly to the Department of History by Educational Testing Services (ETS) using the University of Utah School Code (4853) and the Department of History Code (2704).

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please call the academic advisor at 801-581-6121.


Last Updated: 5/24/17