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Applying to the PhD Program

In a typical year,
the deadline to submit all of
your application materials is
December 1. Any materials
received after the deadline
may not be in your file in time
for departmental review.
We regret to announce that the Department of History at the University of Minnesota will not be accepting applications to our graduate program for Fall 2021. Given the extraordinary challenges presented by COVID-19, we will use all available resources to support current students whose studies and research have been disrupted by the pandemic. We do not take this decision lightly, as the events of this past year have highlighted the pressing need for more historical knowledge and analysis, as well as the urgency of training and supporting a new and more representative generation of scholars and teachers. Therefore, we are devoting this year toward making our graduate program more sustainable and better equipped to meet the demands of our changing world, and look forward to reviewing applications and admitting a new cohort of students in the Fall of 2022.
In a typical year, all applications are completed online using the online application system. As you complete the application, be sure to upload all of the required materials.
The History Department only admits to the PhD students for entry Fall term of the following year. We do not have a terminal MA program at this time. Our PhD Students can elect to earn their MA while completing their coursework.
Follow our instructions for application carefully. If you cannot complete your application through the online application system or if you have further questions, please contact the History Graduate Studies Office at
Please consult our Faculty List to find a faculty member that you would like to research with and contact them regarding the academic pieces of our program. The advisor/advisee relationship is an important part of our program; look at our faculty’s specialties to make sure there is someone who will complement your research in our program.
When you submit an Application for Admission you will also be considered for departmental fundingAll of our students are full-time, on-campus, and fully funded for 5 years.  Funding includes full tuition benefits, health insurance, and an annual stipend of no less than $18,500, and additional funding for research travel and conference presentations.  
The Requirements and Instructions for application can be found here. Additional instructions and information for international students can be found here.
Visit the Graduate School for application instructions and general info.