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Admissions

Beginning in 2005, all applicants for the M.A. or Ph.D. degree must apply using the on-line application process established through the University's Office of Graduate Studies. The History Department accepts and reviews all applications shortly after the stipulated deadline (January 15) for submission of all materials, and makes all admissions during the spring of the year in which successful applicants would begin at the start of the following Fall semester. The History Department does not normally admit students for work starting in the Winter, Spring, or Summer sessions.

Except in unusual circumstances, admission is offered only for the Fall semester, and all decisions for all programs are made by the faculty of the Graduate Studies Committee. Applicants who meet the minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission; the Department has limited space for new students and is unable to admit all qualified applicants.

For application forms please use this link to the Graduate Studies Office on-line application.

Master's Degree Track

  • Applicants should have a combined verbal and quantitative score of no less than 1050 on the verbal and quantitative or verbal and analytical sections of the aptitude portion of the Graduate Record Examinations (GREs);

  • an overall undergraduate index of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;

  • an undergraduate history average of at least 3.0;

  • and letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant's academic potential.

  • Applicants must also submit a sample of their very best writing that demonstrates an ability to research and write historically.

Ph.D. Track

  • Applicants should have a combined verbal and quantitative score of no less than 1250 on the verbal and quantitative or verbal and analytical sections of the aptitude portion of the GREs;

  • an overall undergraduate index of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale;

  • an undergraduate history average of at least 3.5;

  • and strong letters of recommendation from three persons familiar with the applicant's academic potential.

  • In addition, applicants must submit a writing sample that demonstrates an ability to research and write historically.

  • Applicants who do not have significant undergraduate course work in history are not normally admitted to the Ph.D. track.

Writing Sample

All applicants to the History Department are required to submit a writing sample of previous course work or published research that demonstrates the ability to use the methods of research and inquiry that characterize historical scholarship. These should be uploaded with your on-line application and a hard-copy sent separately to:

Graduate Studies Program
History Department
University of Delaware
236 Munroe Hall
Newark, Delaware 19716

Applicants to either the M.A. or Ph.D. should note that the requirement of a writing sample is not indicated on the UD online application site. Writing samples may be sent directly to the History Department, where they will become part of the application.