Master of Arts Degree in History
and Museum Studies Concentrations
The Application Process
UPDATE: The Department no longer offers the post-baccalaureate certificate in museum studies or the MA in Historic Preservation. The concentrations in U.S. history and European history have been combined into one History concentration, with flexibility to choose a focus in U.S., European, or World history.
Where do I get application information and program materials?
What do I need to complete my application?
- Transcripts. All official transcripts are required.
- GRE Scores. Only the standard GRE scores (not the subject area supplementary exams) are required. There is no "cut-off" score. The GRE scores will be considered within the context of the whole file. In terms of the various parts of the exam, more emphasis will be placed on the writing and the verbal scores than on the quantitative score. Scores older than five years will not be accepted.
- Letters of Recommendation. At least three letters should be submitted via the online application process. To the extent possible, applicants should submit academic recommendations. It is strongly suggested that letters of recommendation address the applicant's potential for graduate work as well as his or her analytical and writing abilities.
- Personal Statement. The personal statement should include the highlights of your educational background; your area(s) of scholarly interest; your career aspirations; and anything else you deem relevant about yourself. Finally, give your reasons for choosing the M.A.program. The suggested length is two pages.
- Short Resume. Suggested for the museum studies concentration only.
- Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Financial Aid. The link is on the Financial Aid web site. Filling out this form potentially makes students and applicants eligible for University scholarships. Other helpful links, including Payment and Cost Information, also are found on this page.
Where do I send my application materials?
All required materials should be submitted to the Graduate School via the online application. When your file is complete, the History Department's Graduate Committee will evaluate all applications and make recommendations to the Graduate School. To be admitted to the MA program, you must receive an official letter from the Graduate School.
When is the deadline for my application?
The deadline for all applications for Fall 2014 is February 1, 2014. Your complete application package, including all components listed above, must be submitted to the Graduate School by February 1, 2014.
We do not accept applications for the spring semester.
After you have submitted your application, you can monitor whether your application is complete via your Graduate School application account.
When will I hear about admission decisions?
During the last several years, there has been a huge increase in applications for our graduate programs. Since we try to keep our faculty-to-student ratio small, this means that the competition for places in our graduate programs have become intense.
The process of selecting incoming students often takes another four weeks after the application deadline. Once your application is complete, it must then be reviewed by our Graduate Committee faculty members and decisions are made to accept, turn down, or place applicants on a wait list.
In general, the History Graduate Committee makes the first round of recommendations to the Graduate School concerning M.A. applications in mid-late March. Most students who apply for the MA degree by the February 1 deadline will hear from us about their status by the end of March or the first week of April. Applicants on the wait list will be informed and decisions will be made as we receive responses from the first round.
How can I arrange a tour of the campus?
The Graduate School offers informational tours for prospective graduate students. Call 336-334-5596 for more information.
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We look forward to your visit.