Requirements

As a demonstration of our commitment to excellence in historical scholarship and education, admission to our degree programs is highly competitive. It is important that each applicant clearly articulate his/her academic preparation and qualifications for graduate study at Maryland.

In order to be admitted to one of our three graduate degree programs, an applicant must have completed the bachelor's degree, or equivalent, at an accredited institution of higher learning.

Applicants are required to submit a sample of written work of historical scholarship, such as a research paper or thesis; a Statement of Goals, Experiences, and Research Interests (1000-2000 words); official transcripts of all previous academic study; three (3) letters of recommendation; and GRE scores. Additional materials may be requested.

Although there are exceptions, the minimum overall grade point average for admission to a master's degree program is 3.25 and 3.50 for admission to the doctoral program. The admissions committee will typically expect a higher grade point average in past coursework in history and related disciplines. Successful applicants usually score above the 80th percentile in the analytical writing and verbal reasoning portions of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. The Department does not require a GRE Subject Test.

There is no language requirement for the M.A. degree, but the command of one or more languages is required for admission into the Ph.D. program in some fields within History. Please see Language Requirements section of the Doctoral Program.

The admissions process is sensitive to variations in GRE scores among applicants whose primary language is not English. However, the University requires that all admitted students demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English.

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States should consult the guidelines posted by International Education Services.

Applicants to History and Library Science (HiLS) dual-degree program need to meet application requirements for both the Department of History and the College of Information Studies. For additional information on application requirements, visit the joint CLIS-History HiLS webpage.  For more information on the HiLS program see section on M.A. in History and Library Science in the Programs section of this website.