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

Applicants must have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. If applying for admission before Spring 2023, candidates may choose to waive the GRE. During this period, we will accept GRE scores on an optional basis, for those wishing to have Educational Testing Services send official scores to the Office of Graduate Admissions. 

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 “HISTORY BA to PHD.”

2) Have official transcripts from your undergraduate institution(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 to the PhD Advisor at or to the mailing address below. The Department prefers that applicants send a research paper written in an upper-division history course, but other writing samples are acceptable. The essay should demonstrate the applicant's research, writing, and analytical skills where possible. Sample should not exceed twenty five pages.

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

The PhD admissions committee will begin reviewing applications for the fall 2022 semester on January 15, although it will continue to consider applications on a rolling basis until June 15.

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.