ADMISSION TO THE GRADUATE PROGRAM IN HISTORY AT USU
Students interested in applying to our master's program can request an application form from the School of Graduate Studies at the following address or phone number:
School of Graduate Studies
0900 Old Main Hill
Utah State University
Logan, UT 84322-0900
It is also possible to apply on line. Click here to access the on-line interactive application form.
The Department of History anticipates that students entering the master's program will begin their studies in the Fall semester. For admission in Fall the deadline is FEBRUARY 1. To be considered for a university fellowship or a departmental assistantship you must submit a completed application and departmental financial aid application by the same date.
In addition to filling out the application form and submitting a $50 application fee ($60 for international students), THREE additional sets of materials are required:
• TWO official transcripts of your coursework at any institution(s) of higher education you've attended;
• OFFICIAL scores on the Graduate Record Examination general aptitude tests;
• and THREE letters of recommendation from individuals acquainted with your academic performance and potential.
Before an applicant can become a matriculated graduate student, he or she must have completed the baccalaureate degree.
Grade Point Average and GRE Scores
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.
Other Admission Criteria
The Department of History strongly recommends that applicants have either an undergraduate major or minor in history or a closely related field (e.g. American Studies, Classics). Familiarity with one or more foreign languages is desirable and is required for the MA degree and master's level research in many fields of history. The submission of an example of the student's historical writing, such as a paper written for a seminar or upper-division course (about 15 pages), strengthens an application.
The department will make a final recommendation for admission based upon consideration of all the above factors. In addition, one final question might influence the department's decision. Do the specialties of our faculty mesh with the applicant's proposed field of interest? Our department does not, for example, include faculty members with specialties in Ancient India, Early Medieval Europe, or Southeast Asia. The more closely your proposed field of study relates to the area of interest of one or more faculty members, the better able we will be to provide you with the graduate education you desire.
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