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Admissions FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions about Graduate Admissions

Please see the graduate school website concerning the following:

  • The official, on‐line application
  • Application fee
  • The on‐line recommendation submission procedures (you will find instructions within the application)
  • Receipt of all transcripts
  • Please check out their FAQs on the web site!

The Graduate School lists an August deadline and the History Department a December deadline. Which is correct?

The Graduate School’s application directs applicants to individual departments for departmental deadlines. Our deadline is mid-December for the receipt of all admission materials.

I am finishing up another degree now; should I wait to send final transcripts?

No. Applications will only be reviewed if all required materials have been received, including transcripts. Most applicants are enrolled in another program when they apply. Those with in progress degrees will be asked for another, final transcript showing proof of degree if they are accepted.

Does my recommender have to be a faculty member or a history professor?

We will accept recommendations from others, such as employers, but you should understand that most recommendations are sent from the applicant’s instructors.

The on‐line tracking system says I need a departmental supplemental application and an assistantship application. Where do I find those?

Please see our website's graduate admissions page for departmental forms and information on uploading required materials: writing sample, statement of purpose, and CV.

How do I know when you’ve received all of my materials?

Once the School of Graduate Studies processes your official on‐line application form and the required fee, they will send you instructions on checking the on‐line tracking system, where all materials are tracked upon receipt.

Some of my application materials still aren’t recorded as received on the on‐line tracking page. Should I be worried?

That depends on a number of things. The department and the graduate school process materials, and record them on the tracking page, as fast as we can but there is always some lag time between the time the materials arrive and the time they show up on the tracking page. Moreover, as the application instructions indicate, neither the department nor the graduate school can process any materials during the winter break period, when the university is closed. This, inevitably, creates some backlog during December‐January.

All materials received by the history department prior to the Dec. 1 deadline are tracked on the document tracking screens. Materials received after the deadline will be tracked on‐line after the holidays in January.

Documents received by the School of Graduate Studies may take 2‐3 weeks processing time during our busiest winter holiday period before being tracked on‐line due to the large number of materials they receive, and the closing of campus for the holidays.

My transcript (or recommendation, writing sample etc.) is going to be late! Can I still be considered for admission?

Our Graduate Studies Committee reviews all completed files. Application completed by the deadlines will be considered first, and several university fellowships require the department to make decisions on competitive nominations in January.

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