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How to Apply

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 Department only admits students once per academic year, in the fall semester. The Application deadline for each academic year is December 1st. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

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.

An effective statement will describe your training as an historian, including any specialized work you have done that pertains to your research interests or your desire for advanced training in history.  It will also specify the areas, chronologies, topics, or questions you are interested in exploring, while conveying a clear understanding of key interpretive problems or issues in your desired field of study.  We expect all of our applicants “love history.” There is no need to underscore that point, nor to elaborate how you came to hold this passion.  Rather we want you to excite us with your ability to clearly, and perhaps even lyrically, describe the areas of historical exploration that animate your desire to study history at the graduate level.

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).

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.
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.

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, unless approved by the Director of Graduate Studies. 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). Please prepare to take the test no later than one month before the application deadline. 


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 need to allow more time for their applications to be processed. We recommend that, if possible, you have all of your materials submitted by November 1, 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 80 (Internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test) or on IELTS: An overall minimum band score of 6.5.

If you have any questions regarding the application process, please email our Academic Advisor, Amarilys Scott at


Last Updated: 7/13/19