How to Apply

Applications for Fall 2024 admission to the PhD program in History will be accepted from September 1, 2023 through 11:59 PM CST on November 30, 2023.

We are exceptionally excited to welcome applications to our thematic cohort in Histories of Policing and Carcerality. Please see the details on our thematic cohort here

All applications are completed online using the online application system. As you complete the application, be sure to upload all of the required materials.

About our program

This Department of History only admits students to our PhD students in Fall semesters; we do not offer a terminal MA degree. 
To earn a PhD, students must complete 63 graduate course credits; demonstrate proficiency in a language, or two, other than English (sub-field specific); pass preliminary exams in a timely manner; and research, write, and defend a substantial, original piece of scholarship that meets department standards. In addition, students participate in other professional development opportunities, such as: presenting at conferences, publishing, applying for outside grants and fellowships, community engagement, etc. Students entering with a bachelor's degree are expected to pass their preliminary examinations by the end of their 6th semester (3rd year) in the program; students entering with an appropriate MA may transfer up to 12 credits and are expected to pass their preliminary examinations by the end of their 4th semester (2nd year). Of those students who earn their PhD, 55% do so within 7 years. 
As of 2022, all newly admitted students are guaranteed six academic years of support (including five summers), tuition and fees assistance, and individual healthcare. Financial support comes in the form of either Graduate Assistant positions or fellowships. Graduate Assistant positions are a form of work-study in which financial support is provided in exchange for labor as Teaching Assistants, Reader-Graders, Research Assistants, or Graduate Student Instructors. Fellowships are non-service dependent awards. Between one third to one half of financial support comes in the form of Graduate Assistant positions. We do encourage all our students to apply for outside funding from the very beginning. See funding options here
We do not provide application fee waivers. McNair Scholars may request an application fee waiver from the Graduate School's Diversity Office: McNair Scholars Resources.