The History Department conducts a holistic review of all credentials presented by a student. No single factor alone leads to either accepting or excluding a student. Based on the application materials collected, as listed below, the History Department tries to identify each applicant's academic abilities and potential for success in our graduate program:
- A statement of purpose, not to exceed 500 words, which describes in reasonably specific terms, your academic and career objectives and how they can be advanced through graduate work in our program. The statement should also indicate your intended area(s) of interest, your preparation for this field of study, and the departmental faculty with whom you wish to study
- A curriculum vitae in which applicants should highlight past awards, scholarships, leadership and work experiences, and/or internships
- Official undergraduate transcript, showing undergraduate GPA (typically, our applicants have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale) and earned credit hours in history courses (typically, successful applicants will have earned at least 21 credit hours in history)
- GRE test scores (typically, our students rank in the 50th percentile or above in the Verbal section; the 40th percentile or above in the Quantitative section; the Analytical Writing section will also be taken into consideration)
- At least two letters of recommendation from individuals who can speak to the applicant's academic and/or professional capabilities and potential
- A writing sample of no more than 15 double-spaced pages
All credentials are to be submitted online through the Graduate School's application portal. Your dossier will then be forwarded to the History Department for review by the Director of Graduate Studies.
- a completed graduate application
- $60.00 application fee
- official transcripts, verifying the receipt of a BA from an accredited institution
- scores from the Graduate Records Examination
- a curriculum vitae
- at least two letters of recommendation
- a writing sample of no more than 15 double-spaced pages
- a statement of purpose, not to exceed 500 words
- Application deadline for 2021-22 (Fall admission): February 15, 2021 *
* Important: February 15, 2021 is the deadline for all students who want to be considered for departmental scholarships and assistantships in the 2021-22 academic year (see Funding for details and application procedures). Students who do not wish to be considered for these funding sources may submit their applications through May 10, 2021.
Transfer of Credits
Students may apply to transfer up to 6 hours from outside the University. Up to six additional transfer hours may be requested under certain circumstances. All credit transfer requests must be approved and supported by the Director of Graduate Studies and the History Department Chair. For details, see Graduate Catalog.
Applicants from the Public History Certificate Program
Current Public History Certificate students who intend to switch to the M.A. program in History should follow the guidelines below when preparing their application.
- submit an online application via http://graduate.louisville.edu/apply and pay the $60 application fee
- submit one additional letter of recommendation from a member of the faculty in the Department of History at the University of Louisville
- submit a writing sample of no more than 15 double-spaced pages
- submit a statement of purpose, not to exceed 500 words, which explains in reasonably specific terms, the student's academic and career objectives and how they can be advanced through graduate work. This statement should contain a rationale for moving from the Certificate to the M.A. program. The statement should also indicate the student's intended area(s) of interest, preparation for this field of study, and the departmental faculty with whom the student wishes to work
- all previous material from the Certificate program application (incl. Letters of Recommendation) will be considered part of the application to the M.A. program. Consideration will be given for performance while in the Certificate program.