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Applying to the PhD Program

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.
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All applications are completed online using the online application system. As you complete the application, be sure to upload your supplemental history submission materials.

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 histdgs@umn.edu.

The History Department only admits PhD students. We do not have a terminal MA program at this time. Our PhD Students can elect to earn their MA while completing their coursework.

Please consult our Faculty List to find a faculty member that you would like to research with. 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 $18,000, 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.

Please note that although the Graduate School application gives you several options for degree objective and admission term, the History Department admits to the PhD program during the fall semester only.

Visit the Graduate School for application instructions and general info.