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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.
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 $15,500-$16,650 and provide 85% tuition remission. They are guaranteed for up to five 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.
Applications for admission to the Ph.D. program are processed simultaneously by the university and department.
At the University level, applicants must complete the Graduate School's online application form, and send official transcripts and GRE scores to the Graduate School.
At the Departmental level, applicants should send the following materials to the Ph.D. Advisor: a letter of intent (approximately two pages), a writing sample (research paper), and three letters of recommendation.
The application process is competitive and funds are limited. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Ph.D. Advisor if they have questions about the program or the admission process. Please note that Departmental application deadlines are earlier than University-wide deadlines.
Please send documents to:
Department of History, Box 19529
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX 76019-0529
The Ph.D. admissions committee begins its evaluation of completed applications on January 15 and meets periodically until the Graduate School deadline. Initial fellowship decisions are typically made by March 15; applications sent after this date will be considered based on the availability of funds. The committee accepts applications only for admission beginning with the fall semester of the academic year.