Dear Prospective Students:
Thank you for your interest in Utah State’s graduate program in history. I invite you to peruse the department’s website, which contains brief program descriptions of our strength areas, the insights of some of our former graduate students, and faculty contacts. We usually admit ten to fifteen students each year. Of those, most receive some sort of financial aid either from the History Department, the School of Graduate Studies, or the university.
Graduate Assistantships are our chief form of financial aid. A Graduate Assistant (GA) works with a professor as a grader in an undergraduate survey class. GAships offer a great source of work experience and pay approximately $900 per month over the nine-month academic year. GAs work a maximum of twenty hours per week and generally carry a course load of nine hours per semester. GA applications are available on our website and must be submitted directly to the History Department. They are always due on February 1. Starting with the school year 2008-09, graduate students receive medical insurance benefits through the university for nominal cost.
In addition to the History Department website, please carefully study the School of Graduate Studies website for information on residency, other types of financial aid, and many other tidbits of important information regarding admission and graduate study at USU. The university requires all students wishing to pursue graduate study to apply for admission directly to the graduate school. This process requires the submission of an application fee, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and transcripts. Only completed applications for our program are forwarded electronically to the History Department Graduate Selection Committee, which reviews and ranks them.
Please feel free to contact faculty members whose research interests coincide with your own. They will be happy to discuss your specific area of interest and explain the possibilities for successful completion of a master’s degree in history at Utah State University.
In closing, I urge you to read What Is the Meaning of the Master's Degree? A Roundtable (Perspectives 45.4 : 18-23). I believe that you will get a clear sense of the professional options one might explore with a master's degree in history.
Director of Graduate Studies
Utah State University
For further information, please contact:
of History , Main 323