FALL 2020 GRADUATE APPLICATION DEADLINE: December 12, 2019 5:00 PM (CST)
Applications for admission are to be submitted electronically using the Graduate College online application system. If you have any difficulties (the application system was new in 2017) please contact Shannon Croft, the Graduate Secretary, at email@example.com.
Academic Statement of Purpose / Personal Statement
A 2-3 page single-spaced academic statement of purpose and personal statement—in a combined text—is required and to be submitted electronically. This is one of the most important parts of the application. This statement should consist of two key elements: (1) An academic statement: please describe your intellectual interests, academic experience, career goals, anticipated fields of study (geographic/chronological and thematic/comparative), faculty you would like to work with, and ability to do research in relevant language(s) for your areas of study. (2) Personal statement: please indicate what experiences have shaped your thinking and motivated your decision to pursue a doctoral degree in history and to the particular fields of study you are interested in. You may present these elements in any way you find useful.
Sample of Written Work
Please submit a sample of your written work showing your ability to explore and interpret history using primary and secondary sources. This should be no more than 30 pages in length. The writing sample should be uploaded with your on-line application.
Letters of Reference
The application calls for three current (not more than one year old) letters of reference from persons who have direct knowledge of your academic performance and potential for graduate study. You will be required to enter three recommenders within the online application. They will be sent an automatic e-mail with instructions for submitting their recommendation. Recommenders can upload their recommendations as documents or type their recommendation directly into the system.
Graduate Records Examination score (GRE)
You’ll need to ask the Educational Testing Service (ETS) to submit official scores electronically to the university database. When ETS asks for destination codes, put 1836 for the institution and leave the department code blank. The department pays attention primarily to the the verbal and analytical sections of the GRE, though we are aware that many non-native-speakers of English have lower scores in these areas and that standardized tests are not a full (nor always accurate) measure of academic talent and potential. So, we examine the whole application package, and do not determine admission based solely on GRE scores. If you are currently in an MA or PhD program we will accept a copy of a GRE report regardless of when the exam was taken. In all other cases the exam scores must not be older than five years.
TOEFL or IELTS
If you are an international applicant and English is not your first language, you must demonstrate proficiency in English through a TOEFL or IELTS test. See https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/instructions/04c for detailed information and minimum Graduate College scores. The History Department's minimum test scores are higher than those set by the Graduate College. For more details, see the section on our website for international applicants. We strongly recommend that you take the Test of Written English (TWE) section of the TOEFL, which is given on certain test dates. You will be able to self-report your TOEFL test score and are encouraged to upload a copy of your score report. Official test scores must be sent to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using Institution Code 1836.
Please submit an unofficial transcript with your application. A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.0), or comparable GPA for an international applicant, for last two years of undergraduate study is a minimum requirement for admission. If your undergraduate study is longer than 4 years, additional semesters may be used to calculate the admission GPA. Official transcripts are not a required component of the application.
Please note that successful applicants to the History grad program typically have a much higher GPA than the Grad College's minimum standard.
We ask for official transcripts after you receive a letter of admission from the Department of History. In the event that you are accepted into the graduate program, we require complete official transcripts for all previous academic training, both graduate and undergraduate. Each transcript must arrive in our office sealed in its original envelope. For domestic applicants: Transcripts must be sent directly to our office from the issuing institution. If the transcript does not show the degree earned, a separate certificate of degree must be provided at a later date. For international applicants: Each transcript must be in its original sealed envelope but the student may send it to our office in a packet with other materials. English and native language transcripts and certificates of degree are required to be uploaded. For applicants from China: In addition to the transcript, a separate certificate of degree is required, regardless of whether the degree earned is shown on the transcript.
Transcripts are to be sent to:
309 Gregory Hall, 810 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801 USA