Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Program in History at UF! Our students come from a wide range of backgrounds and institutions and from diverse locations in the U.S. and abroad. We welcome applications from students with records of strong academic performance who intend to devote full-time study to attain their graduate degree in history, whether the PhD or the MA.
A strong background in history. While the large majority of our graduate students were history majors, some come to us with area studies or other related majors but with evidence of competence in historical subject matter through their academic program. Students must have attained a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent at the point they enter the history graduate program.
Language preparation relevant to their intended major field of study. See the individual major field pages with regard to language requirements, which differ from field to field. Applicants need not have fulfilled the language requirements by the time of application or entry into the program, but PhD applicants should show preparation which suggests that if admitted they will be able to complete the requirements prior to admission to candidacy (i.e. in their first 2-3 years).
Sufficient focus within the field of history to describe their major field interests and how those interests fit with the graduate program at UF.
An interest in collaborating with one or more specific UF faculty members. Applicants should indicate faculty of interest in their intended field of study on their application so that the department can anticipate future thesis or dissertation advisors and supervisory committees.
The first thing to understand when you apply is that you are really communicating with two separate offices: The University’s Office of Admissions and the Graduate Office in the Department of History. Although these two offices do communicate with each other, you should be sure to send the correct materials to the correct place. And in the case of your academic transcript and your GRE scores, we ask you to send the material to both locations. The GRE Code for UF is 5812 and the GRE Code for the History Department is 2799.
This page will summarize all the steps in the application process, but you should begin that process by consulting the Office of Graduate Admissions.
Six items you must submit:
1. The Application. The application is available online here. You should fill out the electronic version and submit it to the Office of Admissions. You should also print out a copy of your application and mail it to us as part of the material you submit to the History Department.
2. Standardized Test Scores. You must arrange to take the Graduate Record Examination General Test (gre.org) in advance of the application deadline. You should ask to have your GRE scores submitted to UF, we will then be able to access them electronically. Non-US and Puerto Rican applicants generally take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (toefl.org). (The IELTS and MELAB are also acceptable tests.) International students must submit their TOEFL or equivalent language test scores as part of the application process, unless they are citizens of a country where English is an official language, have spent at least one academic year as a full-time student at a college or university in a country where English is an official language, earned a prior bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or doctoral degree at an accredited university in the United States or have official proof of successfully completing the UF English Language Institute’s program before applying.
3. Academic transcripts. Your official transcripts should also be sent in duplicate, with one copy going to the Office of Graduate Admissions and the other to the Department of History.
4. Statement of Purpose. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the department and explain precisely why you wish to study here. We read these statements carefully. Is it well written? Does it suggest a clear set of goals? Do those goals match well with our strengths as a department? Has the applicant done his/her homework about the department? This letter is also your opportunity to explain any anomalies in the rest of your record. These statements are generally 2-3 pages long. UF’s newly revised online application includes the option of submitting the statement of purpose electronically. Students whose statement of purpose exceeds the word limit imposed by the electronic application may submit their complete statement to the department in hard copy.
5. Three Letters of Recommendation. The selection of recommenders is an important part of the application process. You should select recommenders who are in a position to help us determine if you will be a successful graduate student. With that in mind, letters from people who do not know you very well or who do not know you in an academic context are less valuable. If you have written an undergraduate thesis or an MA thesis you should be sure that your advisor submits a letter. If that is impossible, you should explain the circumstances in your Statement of Purpose. UF’s newly revised online application includes the option of submitting these letters electronically. If you choose this option you should consult with the individual recommenders in advance and then provide their information as part of the online application.
6. A Scholarly Writing Sample. A hard copy of the writing sample also goes directly to the History Department. You should select a writing sample that gives us a good sense of your skills as an historian. Ideally a writing sample would demonstrate your writing, analytical, and research skills. Writing samples are typically 15-25 pages in length.
Step 1: Take the GREs and arrange for the scores to be sent University of Florida.
Step 2: Arrange for your academic transcript(s) to be sent to both the Office of Admissions and the History Department.
Step 3: Complete the University application materials:
- The University application materials are available here.
- Complete the materials online.
- Your application must be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of $30.
Step 4: Send your Writing Sample and your Statement of Purpose (if it is too long for the online system) directly to the History Department.
Step 5: Arrange for the submission of three letters of recommendation. These may either be mailed directly to the History Department or they may be submitted electronically.
Your application materials should be mailed to:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of History
PO Box 117320
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida 32611-7320
The mailing address for the Office of Admissions is:
Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000
The application deadline for fall admissions is January 15. The department only evaluates doctoral candidates once a year. Occasionally, a very limited number of MA applicants are accepted for spring admissions in the European History section only. The spring application deadline is October 15th.
The department evaluates applications at two levels. First, the individual sections meet to discuss and rank candidates. At this stage a member of the faculty must agree to work with any successful applicant. Then the graduate committee meets to evaluate and rank the files of students recommended for admission by the various sections.
Once admissions decisions have been made, the graduate coordinator begins the process of contacting students. In many cases successful applicants to the doctoral program will receive a letter indicating that they have been put on our waitlist. If you receive such a letter, we hope that you will hang in there for a few weeks. Often additional funds become available after we have made our admissions decisions. And of course as applicants across the country make their decisions we are able to offer fellowships and assistantships to our highly ranked alternates.
April 15th is the national deadline for accepting fellowship and assistantship offers. If we offer you a fellowship or assistantship we will check in periodically prior to that date, but successful applicants are under no obligation to make their final commitments before April 15th.