The next application deadline, for Fall 2018 matriculation, is December 15, 2017. The Department of History does not consider applications for spring semester admissions.

The Department of History welcomes applications to both its Ph.D. and MA programs from candidates with excellent qualifications and the promise of future academic achievement. We offer funding packages of four or five years only to Ph.D. students. Funding awards are always very competitive. Outstanding candidates will be eligible for nomination for Graduate School Fellowships and for other funding opportunities. Highly qualified self-funded candidates also are welcome to apply for admission to our Ph.D. program.

For direct access to the online application portal, go to ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system.

Non-degree Study

Students interested in graduate-level courses, but who do not intend to apply for admission to a degree program should consult the Application Guidelines for Advanced Special Student Status.


For admission in Fall 2016 the Department received 155 applications for admission: 96 Ph.D. applications, 31 MA applications, and 28 HiLS applications.  (For a discussion of HiLS, please see Programs.)  We accepted 41 students into the Ph.D. program, 17 into the MA program, and 19 into the HiLS program. The Fall 2016 matriculating class will number thirty one.

The average GPA for students admitted for the 2015-16 admissions cycle was 3.63.

The average GRE scores, expressed as percentiles, were: Verbal: 86%; Quantitative: 44%; Analytical: 79%.

University of Maryland's Graduate Application Process

The University of Maryland’s Graduate School accepts applications through its ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system. Before completing the application, applicants are asked to check the Admissions Requirements site for specific instructions.

As required by the Graduate School, all application materials are to be submitted electronically:

  • Graduate application
  • Transcripts
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Program/Department supporting documents (as applicable)
  • Non-refundable application fee ($75) for each program to which an applicant applies

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean.  To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.

Information for International Graduate Students

The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students.  International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer, and contact them with related questions.

The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance.  Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents.  Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.


Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobsons online application’s helpdesk for any technical issues.  For questions related to the admissions process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School.