Curious about the Ph.D. Program in History? We hope you can come to our Open House!
Admission to the Ph.D. Program in History is quite competitive. Students applying must submit:
a completed application form
two letters of recommendation from professors
official transcripts from previous colleges
scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test (taken no more than 5 years ago)
a writing sample (fifteen pages maximum)
a statement of academic purpose (two pages maximum)
Language Evaluation Form, which is necessary if your major field requires more than one language.
Please do not send these items to the Ph.D. Program in History directly. They are processed by the Office of Admissions.
The program admits students for the Fall term only Completed applications with all supporting materials, including test scores and recommendations, must be in the Office of Admissions at the Graduate Center by the listed deadline. The Program reviews completed applications beginning in February. The Office of Admissions notifies students when the Committee reaches a decision. These notifications begin in March and continue through June.
All applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty and students. The application is considered in its entirety, but the committee pays particular attention--in no particular order--to the student's record of academic achievement as reflected in the transcripts, the student's potential for graduate work as demonstrated by recommendations, the quality of the writing sample, the GRE scores, and the student's background and reasons for pursuing a Ph.D. at the Graduate Center, as expressed in the personal statement. All applicants to graduate school should also carefully consider the concept of fit - applicants should familiarize themselves with our faculty members and recent course offerings. We admit students with or without master’s degrees, with no preference given to either group. Most applicants have majored in history as undergraduates, though this is not a requirement.
Fellowships and Financial Assistance
As of Fall 2014, all admitted applicants are guaranteed a five-year fellowship package. For more information, go to www.gc.cuny.edu/fellowships.