Applying to the History PhD Program

Application Deadline

The Department of History 2018-19 PhD application deadline is:

Early Application Fee Waiver

Submit your application before midnight (U.S. Pacific time) on October 31, 2017 and your application fee will be waived. This will be automatic, and you will not need to contact us to receive this waiver.

Official GRE scores and letters of recommendation may arrive after October 31, 2017.

Before Applying

Additional Application Requirements - Department of History

In addition to the admission requirements of the Laney Graduate School, the Department of History PhD program also requires:

  1. Research Interest or Specialization: list your "Research Interest or Specialization" where indicated on the application. Your interests may be general or specific and you may list multiple interests.
  2. Research Experience: list your "Research Experience" where indicated on the application.  List those research experiences which you see as relevant for preparing you for graduate school.  Relevant experiences need not have been specifically in history but should have provided some training and involvement with historical research in general.
  3. A Writing Sample: upload your writing sample in the "Writing Sample" section of the application. A writing sample can be a paper written for a course or a chapter from a senior or master's thesis. Select a finished piece of work that demonstrates your writing skills and also your analytical ability. Make sure it is your best work, preferably on a subject related to your historical interests.

TOEFL and/or IELTS Scores: For students whose first language is not English, TOEFL and/or IELTS scores are not required.


Application instructions and an application for admission can be found online at:

The application went live on September 1, 2017.