Carnegie Mellon University

Admissions Information

Application Materials

On September 1 2018, the History Department will begin accepting applications for admission to our Phd program. The deadline will be January 8, 2019. Admitted students will begin classes in August of 2019.

The following are the kinds of materials you should expect to submit with your application.

  1. Sample(s) of your writing: The Admissions Committee places particular emphasis on this part of your application. We prefer a substantial and original piece of writing based upon your research in primary sources. If you do not have such a research paper, we will also accept other writing samples that best demonstrate your analytic skills.
  2. Professional Statement: In a 300- to 750-word essay, address such questions as: Why do you wish to do graduate work in history? What sorts of questions do you imagine addressing as a historian? What attracts you to the Carnegie Mellon graduate history program? Which faculty member(s) at Carnegie Mellon do you hope to work with? What are your major career goals after completing study at Carnegie Mellon University?
  3. Official transcripts of your college record (undergraduate and any graduate work). If you are still in attendance, the proposed program of the final semester or year should be included in the application. If admitted, you will be required to submit an official transcript at the completion of your degree program.
  4. Letters of recommendation from three of your professors or others familiar with your work, including at least one professor from the institution you last attended.
  5. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the verbal, quantitative and analytic exams are used as only one of many pieces of data upon which we base our admission decisions. Applicants who are not native English speakers must take and submit TOEFL scores.
  6. Application fee: An application fee of $35 (U.S.).

Before You Apply

Here are some suggestions to you as you consider our department for your graduate studies.

  • Please discuss the advisability of pursuing a Ph.D. in History with a trusted academic advisor -- preferably someone who holds the Ph.D. degree in History.
  • Acquaint yourself with our graduate faculty and their research interests. Please note that the single most important criterion that the Admissions Committee considers is whether there is a good fit between your research interests and those of one or more of our faculty.