Applying to the Graduate Program in History

Our annual deadline for applying to our graduate program is December 1 to complete the submission of admission materials.

We will notify applicants when all materials have been received. We hope to have most decisions made by April 1, 2021. All completed applications will be reviewed and will receive a letter of decision from the Graduate School. All applicants should read the Graduate School application thoroughly.   Applications are accepted for Fall admission only.

Although the History Department program in graduate studies is highly selective, the Graduate Studies Committee carefully considers all aspects of a candidate's file in making its decision, and welcomes applicants of diverse backgrounds and interests.

Note: Please check the graduate school's application site to see if your items have been received and checked in. All items received and processed were checked in on the site. Late materials received after December 18 will be processed after the holidays when our history graduate studies office reopens.

Application Guides / Frequently Asked Questions

Begin the Application Process

Only completed applications will be reviewed. Our application process is entirely on-line. Please do not mail us hard copies of letters, writing samples, etc. Please read the information here carefully to help understand the application process. IMPORTANT: once you have submitted your official application and application fee to the graduate school, it is important that you check your email blocks and filters to make sure that you are not filtering out our admissions communications!

Transcripts - Unofficial transcripts should be uploaded to the application. Official transcripts will be required upon admission to the UGA Graduate School (see the application for instructions).

GRE (Required for all applicants). Official scores must be sent directly from the ETS Testing Services. GRE: (ETS school code for UGA: 5813.)

Letters of Recommendation

Three recommendations are required by the UGA Graduate School. These are to be sent directly via the Graduate School's on-line application system. You will need to submit the names and emails of your recommenders in the application. Please do not send us hard copies of actual letters. Please do not send us additional letters or recommendations. The first three received on record will be accounted for. Recommendations should make a strong case for your ability to succeed in a history graduate program.

Optimally, you should obtain references from professors who have taught you. Their recommendations 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 up to 7-10 days 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.

How do I check on the status of my application?  You should have received an email from Enterprise Information Technology Services (EITS) with information on creating your MyID within a few business days after submitting the online application and fee. Please follow the instructions in this email and keep the email for future reference. You will need the MyID to access the Grad Status portal to check your application status. If you do not receive an email from EITS within 5 business days, please contact the EITS Help Desk directly at or 706-542-3106. If you need clarification about departmental requirements, please contact the academic department.

Important: Additional Departmental Requirements for Admission

After our department receives your materials from the Graduate School (which may take 7-10 days after we starting checking for applications in August), you will receive an email letting you know when your admissions application is complete. All requirements must be received in order for your file to be complete. Materials such as the writing sample, personal statement, and resume or CV should be in PDF format. It is important also to note that if you have difficulty uploading a document such as your writing sample, then it is too long. A paper size of less than 10-15 pages is recommended.

Once you have submitted your official application and application fee to the graduate school, it is important that you check your email blocks and filters to make sure that you are not filtering out our admissions communications!

Most applicants use 2 distinct emails throughout the application process. If you are looking for our emails to you, be sure you check BOTH the emails you have submitted for the application and online tracking.

Please DO NOT submit unsolicited materials by mail or email. All of these items should be uploaded in PDF format to your graduate application.

  • 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.