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How to apply

Applicants who wish to enter the history master’s program must seek admission through the School of Graduate Studies. The online application can be found at here. Students who wish to be considered for departmental funding should also fill out a departmental assistantship form

The Department of History strongly recommends that students have either an undergraduate major or minor in history, or a closely related field. Students are anticipated to enter during the fall semester, but will be considered for admissions for spring semester on a case by case basis. The deadline for Fall semester applications is December 15. Applications that do not meet the deadline will not be considered for university or departmental financial assistance. Students may also supply written work as supplementary material. Please send writing samples as PDF or MS Word files to Dr. Chris Conte at

Admission Requirements

The School of Graduate Studies expects that you will have a minimum 3.0 GPA over the last 60 hours of your undergraduate work. A 3.5 GPA in history courses is highly recommended. Applicants must have a minimum GRE score at or above the 40th percentile on the verbal section and should have a score at or above the 40th percentile on the quantitative portion of the exam. The department expects applicants to have a minimum written score of 4.5. Minimal scores and GPA's are usually not competitive for admission to our program and for consideration for assistantships or fellowships.

Application Review
An admissions committee of history faculty members ranks the applications based upon a careful assessment of each application’s strengths and weaknesses. The committee gives preference to applicants whose scholarly interests match our faculty strengths. Applicants should therefore contact departmental professors with whom they wish to work prior to the review period. Based upon the committee’s ranking, students will receive offers of acceptance and university or departmental funding beginning in early March.

Foreign Language
Advanced work in history entails the analysis of original documents. Depending upon your field of concentration, this may require the knowledge of one or more languages in addition to what you have already studied. Your supervisory committee may stipulate that you initiate the study of a language as a part of your graduate program, even though the hours of language study will not count toward the 30 credits required for the master's degree.

Collectively, members of the history faculty at Utah State use more than two dozen languages in their research.  You should be aware that even for students in fields where the research materials are largely in English doctoral programs in the U.S. require a knowledge of one or more languages.