The Graduate Application deadline for the
for the receipt of all materials.
Applications are accepted for Fall admission only.
The History Department program in graduate studies is highly selective.
Even prior to formal application, we encourage you to start an e-mail or phone
dialogue with one or two faculty members in your field of special interest
(see the "Field" faculty pages for more information).
You will need to have at least two faculty members
who will be interested in working with you. The Graduate Studies Committee carefully considers
all aspects of a candidate's file in making its decision.
Application Guides / Frequently Asked Questions:
Begin the Application Process:
Only completed applications will be reviewed.
Letters of Recommendation: Three recommendations are required by the UGA Graduate School. These are to be sent directly to the Graduate School.
Please do not send us additional letters or recommendations. The first three received will be accounted for.
Recommendations should make a strong case for your ability to succeed in a history graduate program.
You should obtain references from professors who have taught you.
Their letters should describe your academic work in detail so that
our departmental Graduate Studies Committee can be assured that you can
complete a rigorous graduate program. If you have done
significant independent research, such as a thesis, the committee
normally expects a recommendation from the professor who supervised that work.
[Further advice on obtaining letters of recommendation]
Admissions Status Updates: During our busiest application processing period
December - January, materials may take 1-2 weeks processing time due to the volume
of materials we receive during this busy time. Once processed, applicants are
notified by the Graduate School and e-mailed instructions on how to check any updates
of the application and materials on-line.
All completed applications will be reviewed in consideration for admission, even late ones.
**ADDITIONAL DEPARTMENTAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION**
In addition to the Graduate School application (which should be uploaded to the Graduate School's web site), applicants
to the History Department graduate program are required to submit the following materials directly to the History Department. After our department
receives your materials from the Graduate School, you will receive an email with instructions on how to upload the following files to our department.
Please note that all files will need to be in .PDF, .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF format.
Please DO NOT submit unsolicited materials by mail or email.
- Personal Statement: A 1-2 page statement explaining your background for graduate study and educational/career goals.
- Writing Sample: A sample of your written work--in the form of a term paper or other formal writing--must
demonstrate your potential as a historian. This is one of the most important parts of your application file.
The writing sample ideally will be a historical research paper using primary sources. If not,
it should demonstrate that your analytical and writing skills will enable you to handle
the demands of our rigorous program. It is not necessary to have been a history
undergraduate major to be accepted. The writing sample must be in English.
- Resume/Curriculum Vitae: A resume or curriculum vitae detailing your academic and/or work experience.