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Graduate Admission

Graduate applicants are expected to contact their prospective advisors in advance. It is useful to discuss shared research interests, to inquire whether the faculty member is taking new students, and to decide whether this can become a productive relationship. This faculty advisor will then be able to more effectively advocate for the applicant’s candidacy based upon this correspondence. Candidates requesting consideration for admission to the MA/PhD or PhD program in History must complete the online application through KU's Office of Graduate Studies. Information about minimum requirements and codes for GRE or TOEFL tests can be found on their site. Note that documents, including a writing sample and transcripts, should be uploaded to the application. There is no need to send hard copies of application materials to the History Department. When you submit your online application, it is made available to the Department of History. The application deadline for Fall 2015 entry is December 1, 2014. International applicants must submit their materials by November 15, 2014.​​

When you apply, specify to which program you intend to join: the MA/PhD or the PhD. We recommend that candidates seeking admission directly into the PhD program first earn an MA in History or a related field.

The application materials that each candidate must submit are:

  • Statement of Academic Objectives, including a clear plan for graduate research in a specific field of study
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing Sample demonstrating independent historical research and analysis (20-25 pages)
  • Submit a writing sample that best represents your scholarly abilities: The Department is interested in reviewing your well-crafted, persuasively argued sample. Such papers are often derived from an upper-level undergraduate history class in which you conducted independent research and employed both primary and secondary sources. If you have an MA in history, the writing sample should be taken from your thesis or a major paper written in a graduate seminar.
  • GRE Scores, conveyed from ETS to the University of Kansas (School Code 6871)
  • Official Transcript from each institution that has granted you a degree, or at which you are currently enrolled
  • Three letters of recommendation – The letters can be directly uploaded online directly by those who write the recommendations, or they can be mailed to the Department of History, ATTN: Graduate Administrator, 1445 Jayhawk Boulevard, Wescoe 3650, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045. A recommendation form for hard copy letters can be downloaded.

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