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Generally, the Department seeks students who have successfully earned a BA degree in history or a related field such as anthropology, political science or sociology. We will also consider students who have already acquired an MA degree in history, with the understanding that they might be asked to complete leveling work.

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Students should also have a GRE verbal score of at least 156 [or 550 in the older system] and an analytical writing score of at least 5 on the GRE aptitude test. Successful applicants usually have higher testing results than these minimum requirements. These test results will be balanced against the other materials the applicant submits.

To review official admissions criteria, please visit the current UTA Graduate Catalog.

Part-Time and Full-Time Doctoral Students

The Department will consider applications from students wishing to participate in the doctoral program on a part-time basis, meaning less than 9 credit hours per semester. Doctoral students admitted for full-time study (9 credit hours per semester) are eligible to receive a multi-year Deans' Doctoral Assistantship (DDA) package. These highly competitive awards carry an annual stipend of $15,300 and cover 100% of tuition and fees for up to nine (9) hours of coursework per semester. They are renewable for up to six years, conditional on good performance in academic work and teaching duties. In addition to completing coursework and fulfilling assigned duties as teaching assistants, DDA recipients are required to attend Departmental seminars and other functions throughout the academic year. Graduate courses are usually, but not always, offered in the evenings.

Application Process

To apply, you must complete the following steps:

1) Complete the online application form on the ApplyTexas website, and under “Select Major” choose “Transatlantic Hist-BA to PHD.”

2) Have official transcripts from your undergraduate instutition(s) (and, if applicable, MA program) mailed to UTA’s Admissions Office. Do not send transcripts to the PhD Advisor or to the History Department.

3) Have your GRE scores sent to UTA’s Office of Graduate Studies (institutional code 6013). Information about how, when, and where you may take the GRE is available via the Educational Testing Service (ETS) website.

4) Have three letters of recommendation sent to the PhD Advisor at or to the mailing address below.

5) Send a letter of intent (approximately two pages) and a writing sample (a research paper) to the PhD Advisor at or to the mailing address below.

Documents for steps 4 and 5 may be mailed to:

PhD Advisor
Department of History, Box 19529
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX 76019-0529

The PhD admissions committee begins its evaluation of completed applications on January 15, although it will consider applications on a rolling basis until June 15. The department only accepts PhD applications for the fall semester.

The application process is competitive and funds are limited. Applicants are encouraged to contact the PhD Advisor at if they have questions about the program or the admission process.