What Makes a Successful Application

The admission decision is made after careful consideration of the entire application package. Each required component of the admissions package (i.e., the statement of purpose; the writing sample; the GRE scores; the transcripts of previous academic study; and the letters of recommendation) should demonstrate the applicant's qualifications for excellence in graduate study in history. The overall package should make a strong case for the match between the applicant's interests in historical studies and the faculty, resources, and opportunities available at the University of Maryland.

All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to make contact with the faculty in the area(s) of interest to discuss the potential opportunities and expectations for graduate study at Maryland. Faculty play a central role in the admissions decision.

Prospective applicants are also encouraged to make contact with current graduate students to learn more about their experiences. The History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) can facilitate communications with current students.