Application Process

  • Applications for graduate study in the UConn Department of History are made through the Graduate School; details of the application process can be found on the Graduate School website.
  • Before applying, we HIGHLY recommend that you first look over the list of faculty, perhaps explore the publications of those you find particularly interesting, and write them to gauge interest in working with you. You should ask them if they are accepting Ph.D. or MA students this year. 
  • We only accept applications for fall admission; the deadline for submitting a complete application is January 1st. While we may accept some delayed materials after that date, such as transcripts or test scores, we cannot guarantee consideration of any materials submitted after the deadline.
  • Graduate coursework is in person at the UConn Storrs Campus.

PLEASE NOTE: As of 2020, we no longer require GREs.

Please include the following:

1. Official transcripts from all schools attended. (whether or not a degree was received)

    • Your transcript(s) must meet the following criteria:
    • Cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 for your entire undergraduate career OR
    • Grade-point average of at least 3.0 for your last two undergraduate years OR
    • Grade-point average of over 3.5 for your final undergraduate year
    • In addition, any graduate work must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0.

2. Personal statement.  Successful personal statements are generally 750-1000 words long (1-2 pages single-spaced). Think of this statement as a focused argument that draws together the evidence of your interests, experiences, and achievements to make a case for your candidacy for graduate study. You should concisely explain why you are drawn to graduate study, what problems or areas you particularly would like to work on, and what kind of scholarly approach you envision taking.  The most successful statements are specific about intellectual interests and (at least lightly) engaged with recent scholarship or debates. Feel free to interweave personal experiences or striking anecdotes, keeping in mind that your ultimate purpose is to persuade faculty of your skills as a writer and historical thinker.

3. Three letters of recommendation. These should be from professors or scholars who know you and your work well. The best letters will speak to your intellectual capability and ambition, as well as drawing on the broader evidence of your employment, education, and other interests. Letters from employers or colleagues can be useful, but be sure that at least some letters speak to core issues of scholarly thinking and writing.

4. Writing sample. For this you should submit a polished piece of writing that showcases your skills as a researcher, analyst, and writer. This may be a published article, a research paper, or something else. The writing samples we find most useful for evaluating your potential as a historian include strong historical arguments, clear engagement with scholarly literature, and thoughtful use of primary/ archival sources. The optimal writing sample is 10-20 double-spaced pages in length. If you feel your best work was done in a longer format, such as a thesis, please submit both a shorter excerpt for our evaluation and the complete work for reference.

5. Resume/ CV. Please upload a one to two page resume/ CV detailing some of your academic and extracurricular achievements.

Additional information for International Students:

Please see the graduate school admissions requirements page for additional requirements for International students, including the full English Proficiency testing requirements, rules about 4-year Bachelor’s degree equivalency, and how to send official transcripts.


If you are an international student whose primary language is not English, you should submit evidence of your proficiency in the English language. Any of the following standardized test results (if no more than two years old) satisfy this requirement:

      • 79 (electronic test) or 550 (paper based) or higher on the TOEFL
      • 6.5 or higher on the IELTS test.
      • 53 or higher on the PTE

International students are exempt from this requirement if they meet the following conditions:

      • Received a degree from an international post-secondary institution whose language of instruction was English. Official documentation is required.
      • Completed one or more years of full-time post-secondary coursework in the United States, with at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

Teaching Assistant Language Requirements

Additionally, if English is not a primary language, and you are accepted to the University and the History program, but would like to work for the University through a teaching assistantship (the primary way that our department funds our students), you must satisfy UConn’s English Proficiency Policy for TA’s before being allowed to instruct a class.  For more information, please see International Teaching Assistant Services.