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Graduate applicants are expected to contact their prospective advisors in advance. It is useful to discuss shared research interests, to inquire whether the faculty member is taking new students, and to decide whether this can become a productive relationship. This faculty advisor will then be able to more effectively advocate for the applicant’s candidacy based upon this correspondence. Candidates requesting consideration for admission to the MA, MA/PhD or PhD program in History must complete the online application through KU's Office of Graduate Studies. Information about minimum requirements and codes for GRE or TOEFL tests can be found on their site. Note that documents, including a writing sample and transcripts, should be uploaded to the application. There is no need to send hard copies of application materials to the Department of History. When you submit your online application, it is made available to the Department of History. The application deadline for Fall 2020 entry is January 1, 2020. International applicants must submit their materials by December 15, 2019.​

When you apply, specify to which program you intend to join: the MA, MA/PhD or the PhD. We recommend that candidates seeking admission directly into the PhD program first earn an MA in History or a related field. We also highly recommend that candidates read through the Graduate Handbook to learn more about our program and its policies and practices.

The application materials that each candidate must submit are:

  • Statement of Academic Objectives, including a clear plan for graduate research in a specific field of study (maximum 3 pages)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Writing Sample demonstrating independent historical research and analysis (20-25 pages, not including bibliography). The Department is interested in reviewing the most well-crafted, persuasively argued sample applicants are able to provide. Such papers are often derived from an upper-level undergraduate history class in which the student conducted independent research and employed both primary and secondary sources. If the student has an MA in history, the writing sample should be taken from a thesis or a major paper written in a graduate seminar.
  • GRE Scores are not required.
  • Official Transcript from each institution that has granted you a degree, or at which you are currently enrolled
  • Three letters of recommendation, either uploaded online directly by those who write the recommendations, or mailed to the Department of History, ATTN: Graduate Academic Advisor, 1445 Jayhawk Boulevard, Wescoe 3650, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS 66045. A recommendation form for hard copy letters can be downloaded.
  • Application fee, domestic applicants, $65, and international applicants, $85.

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