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Prospective Students

Admission to the Ph.D. Program in History is quite competitive. All applicants to graduate school should carefully consider the concept of fit - applicants should familiarize themselves with our faculty members and recent course offerings. Please also read the PhD Program in History Student Handbook. Students applying must submit:

  1. completed application form
  2. three letters of recommendation from professors
  3. official transcripts from previous colleges
  4. scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test (taken no more than 5 years ago)
  5. a writing sample (fifteen pages maximum)
  6. an applicant statement (two pages maximum)
  7. 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 applicant statement. 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

All admitted applicants are guaranteed a five-year fellowship package – either a Graduate Center Fellowship or a Tuition Fellowship. For more information, go to


Fall 2017 Open Houses

You are invited to a unique opportunity for potential applicants to meet with Executive Officer Helena Rosenblatt, as well as other faculty and current doctoral students in the program. Detailed information will be provided about the curriculum, the application process, prerequisites, and funding. We will be delighted to answer your questions.  Please RSVP to

November 1 (Wednesday), 2017 2-4pm
The Graduate Center, CUNY
The PhD Program in History Lounge - Room 5414
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016