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To Apply to the M.A. Program in History...

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Admission Requirements

The university's application for admission is available online at Applications will only be accepted for admission in the fall term of each year.  The application deadline is December 1.

A B.A. with a major in History is preferred. The department will consider applicants without a recent background in undergraduate history but they may be required to complete Theory of History (HIS 4104) as well as several upper division and/or graduate level courses in relevant fields with a grade of B or higher. These should be chosen in consultation with the graduate coordinator or Major Professor.

The minimum requirements for consideration for admission to the M.A. program in history include a recent background in undergraduate history courses and all of the following:

1.     GPA of at least 3.0.
2.     Letters of Recommendation:  Two letters of recommendation on behalf of the applicant are required.  These letters should come from academic sources familiar with the quality of the applicant’s college-level work and indicate his/her graduate program potential. Once the online application is completed, requests for recommendations will be emailed to recommenders. Please supply your potential recommenders with the items on this list.
3.     Statement of Purpose:  A two-page statement is required that delineates historical and intellectual areas of interest, proposed fields of study, educational and professional goals, the faculty the applicant is potentially interested in working with, and why the applicant sees him/herself as a good fit with our program.
4.     A Writing Sample: A sample of written work that indicates the applicant’s ability to write effectively and, preferably, to conduct historical research and analysis must be submitted.  The sample should be approximately 15 pages in length.  Appropriate examples include a term paper, research paper, or thesis chapter.

All application materials must be uploaded directly to the online application system found at under the Degree Programs tab, Apply to USF Now. Requests for letters of recommendations will be sent directly to the recommender and submitted electronically as well.


Financial Assistance

The department has a limited number of Graduate Assistantship positions available, and they are awarded to applicants accepted to the program and students currently enrolled on a competitive basis. G.A. positions provide a waiver of tuition fees plus a $10,500.00 living stipend for the academic year (Fall and Spring terms). G.A.'s are expected to assist an instructor with course duties as a 20 hour/week assignment and maintain fulltime graduate enrollment.

Applicants to the M.A. program may request to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship. In order to be considered, please submit this form along with your other admissions items. Be sure to note in your personal statement that you wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship.

Current Students seeking a GA position will submit this form along with 2 letters of recommendation and a personal statement.