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History

We are pleased with your interest in our graduate program. Before you continue with the electronic application for admission, we wish to ensure that you are familiar with the minimum requirements for admission to graduate degree study in History.  It is important to recognize that although satisfaction of these basic requirements does not guarantee graduate admission, failure to satisfy these requirements may lead to automatic denial of admission.

Supporting Documents: Additional documents are required to support the application. Supporting documents should be mailed directly to the graduate program to which you are applying. Supporting documents include the following, unless specific instructions are noted in the "Completing the Application" section of this page:

Application Deadlines:  Applications and all supporting documentation must be received on or before the deadlines listed below.

 

Fall Spring Summer
U.S. Citizen January 1 (for all applicants seeking financial support)
For all others, the deadline to submit materials is
April 1
September 1 No Entry
International January 1 for all applicants seeking financial support.
For all others, the deadline to submit materials is
April 1
September 1 No Entry

 

Contact Information Send Supporting Documents To:
Web Sites of Interest
Name: John L. Larson, Director of Graduate Education
Phone: (765) 494-4127 or
Name: Fay Chan, Graduate Secretary
Phone: (765) 494-4126 
E-mail: chanf@purdue.edu
Department of History
Purdue University
672 Oval Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-1356
USA

 

Completing the application:

A writing sample of at least 2500 words is required. The sample should be an academic paper written in English. Three letters of recommendation are required, as are original transcripts from all institutions of higher education, and a statement of purpose of approximately 500 words.

Current master's students wishing to move to a doctoral degree program in this same graduate program will not be required to submit a new application.

Master's Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Other
    Twenty-four or more undergraduate hours of history courses is expected. 
    Student with fewer hours may be admitted conditionally.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 
    Required -- no minimum score has been set 

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average:
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Other
    Twenty-four or more undergraduate hours of history courses is expected. 
    Student with fewer hours may be admitted conditionally.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    Required -- no minimum score set 
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18 
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for Non-Native English Speakers: 
    Required 

Doctoral Degree Program Basic Requirements

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
    3.0 or equivalent required
  • Master's Degree Completion: 
    Required, with a grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent 
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 
    Required -- no minimum score set 

International Applicant Requirements:

  • Undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average: 
    3.0 or equivalent required 
  • Master's Degree Completion: 
    Required, with a grade point average of 3.0 or equivalent 
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE): 
    Required -- no minimum score set 
  • TOEFL for Non-Native English Speakers: 
    Minimum Paper-Based Test (PBT) Score Required: 550
    Minimum Internet-Based Test (IBT) Overall Score Required: 77
    With the following minimum section requirements:
    Reading: 19
    Listening: 14
    Speaking: 18
    Writing: 18 
  • IELTS (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 6.5 or higher will be accepted 
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) (Academic Module):
    An alternative to the TOEFL, scores of 58 or higher will be accepted
  • TWE for for Non-Native English Speakers 
    Required 

If you do not meet the basic requirements described above, please do not submit an electronic application until you have contacted our graduate program staff.