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Before applying to the Ph.D. program in History
Please start by reviewing the American Historical Association's helpful guide to "Navigating the Graduate School Admissions Process". For further information about all USF graduate programs, please see the website of the Graduate School at

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.

The minimum requirements for consideration for admission to the Ph.D. program in history include:

    1. M.A. Degree and Grade Point Average: After completing a minimum of 18 graduate hours, an admitted MA student may apply for the doctoral program with the consent of his/her major professor (must be the major professor and not simply the initial advisor). The standard University application process and fees apply. When the student applies to the Ph.D. program, the application is then reviewed by the Graduate Committee via the establish application process, and recommendations are made regarding admission to the program and funding. Outside applicants must have completed an M.A. in History or a related field (as determined by the admissions committee) with a G.P.A. in graduate level coursework of at least 3.5 as demonstrated by official transcripts.
    2. Letters of Recommendation: Three 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 statement is required that delineates historical and intellectual areas of interest, proposed fields of study, educational and professional goals, faculty the applicant is potentially interested in working with, and why the applicant sees him/herself as a good fit with our program.
    4. Writing Sample: Prospective students must provide a sample of written work that indicates the applicant's ability to conduct primary source based research and to write effectively.  The sample should be approximately 20-30 pages and may include a publication, a seminar paper, or a thesis chapter.
    5. Language: Applicants will provide evidence of proficiency in the foreign language(s) of their primary field of study or a quantitative methods class with a grade of a B or higher.

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.