Applying to the UIC Graduate Program in History

Deadlines
January 1 is the application deadline for Ph.D./Ph.D. track. For MA and MAT the deadline is February 15.
Note: All students applying for financial aid, whether department or university-based, must submit BOTH the Application for Graduate Appointment, which can be found online at: http://grad.uic.edu/cms/?pid=1000363 AND the Application for
Graduate College Admission which could be found at http://www.uic.edu/depts/oar/grad/apply_grad.html.

Application Forms and Information
Applications for the History Graduate Program can be accessed in four ways.

    Download online forms: http://grad.uic.edu/cms/?pid=1000019
    Request Application by phone: 312 996 3141
    Request Application by email: lindavp@uic.edu
    Request Application by mail: Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies
    Department of History, m/c 198
    913 University Hall
    601 S. Morgan St.
    Chicago, IL 60607-7109
    312 996 3141

Application Packets

Please note:

  • Students must submit two separate and complete sets of application materials. One set must be sent to the Office of Admissions and Records (address below) and the other must be send directly to the Department of History (address below).

Packets sent to the Office of Admissions and Records must include:

    1) a completed application form
    2) the required application fee
    3) complete and OFFICIAL transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
    4) OFFICIAL GRE results
    ***5) Applicants to the MAT program must also submit the Basic Skills Test, as mandated by the State of Illinois.

Send packet to:
Office of Graduate Admissions (mc 018)
Box 7994
Chicago, IL 60680-7994

Packets sent to the Department of History must include:

  1. a copy of the completed application form
  2. a copy of all transcripts
  3. a copy of GRE results
  4. Three letters of recommendation.
    • At least two letters should be from faculty members in history or related fields
    • Each letter of recommendation must be accompanied by the Reference Cover Sheet http://www.uic.edu/depts/hist/documents/LOR.doc
    • Letters should come from professors who are familiar with your work and who are able to comment on your potential for graduate history study.
    • Letter writers may send their recommendations directly to the History Department or you may submit the letters in sealed envelopes with the writer's signature across the flap as part of your application packet.
  5. Personal Statement (Statement of purpose)
    • Two to three page (single spaced) description of your reasons for pursuing graduate work in history, your scholarly interests (what areas of study you plan to specialize in and what topics you would like to pursue), and your abilities and preparation for graduate study.
  6. Writing sample
    • The writing sample should reflect your best work and should ideally be a paper of original research based on historical documents. Writing samples should be double-spaced with 1 inch margins.
  7. Financial aid application (the Application for Graduate Appointment) if applying for aid.

Send Packet to:
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of History, m/c 198
601 S. Morgan St.
Chicago, IL 60607-7109

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Admission Requirements for Graduate Study in History at UIC

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. In addition to the Graduate College minimum requirements, applicants must meet the following program requirements:

Undergraduate Degree:

  • Applicants to the MA and MAT programs are expected to have earned a bachelor's degree History or at least 16 undergraduate credit hours, or the equivalent, in history or a related field. Applicants to the Ph.D. program are expected to have earned an MA in history or a comparable postgraduate degree.
  • Grade Point Average: Applicants should have earned at least 3.00 (A=4.00) for the final 60 semesters (90 quarter hours undergraduate study. A GPA of 3.50 (A=4.00) is recommended.

Foreign Language
Applicants should have at least two years of undergraduate training in a foreign language or equivalent language experience.

Graduate Degree Programs

The UIC Department of History offers four graduate degree programs:

MAT program. For information on the Master of Arts in Teaching, see http://www.uic.edu/depts/hist/TeacherEd/index.html

Stand-alone MA. This program is sometimes referred to as a "terminal MA" or the "MA-only program." This is for students whose final goal is to obtain a Master of Arts degree in History.

Doctoral-track MA. This program is for students who intend to obtain an MA in History as a step toward a PhD in History. Applicants to this program should check the box PhD in Box 20C in the Graduate Application.

PhD. This program is for students who already hold an MA in History or equivalent, or will hold one by the time of matriculation into UIC.

See important related instructions under Personal Statement (Statement of Purpose).

GRE Scores

  • A score of 550 on the Verbal portion of the GRE is the minimum recommended.

TOEFL Score

  • A score of 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) is the minimum recommended.

IELTS Score

  • A score of 6.5 is the minimum recommended.

Letters of Recommendation

  • Three required.
  • Applicants are strongly advised to request all three letters from former professors, preferably historians.
  • Each letter of recommendation must be accompanied by the Reference Cover Sheet
  • Letters should come from professors who are familiar with your work and who are able to comment on your potential for graduate history study.
  • Letter writers may send their recommendations directly to the History Department or you may submit the letters in sealed envelopes with the writer's signature across the flap as part of your application packet.

Personal Statement (Statement of Purpose)

  • Required Two to three page (single spaced) description of your reasons for pursuing graduate work in history, your scholarly interests (what areas of study you plan to specialize in and what topics you would like to pursue), and your abilities and preparation for graduate study.

So that we can process and evaluate your application correctly, please put the following information at the beginning of your Statement of Purpose (Personal Statement).

In the first sentence of your Statement of Purpose (Personal Statement), please state, "I am applying to the _____ program," using one of the four bold-faced graduate degree program names (above) to fill in the blank.

The UIC Department of History offers two departmental concentrations, WRGUW (Work, Race, and Gender in the Urban World) and Encounters (Encounters, Ethnographies, and Empires). These are open to students in the doctoral-track MA program and the PhD program. Students who whish to enter one of these concentrations must apply to do so at the same time as applying to the graduate program and must be admitted to the concentration at the same time as admission to the program.

Therefore, if you wish to apply to enter one of these two concentrations, please state in the second sentence of your Statement of Purpose (Personal Statement), "I wish to apply to the _____ Concentration." Fill in the blank with WRGUW or Encounters. If you do not wish to apply to either concentration, please omit this sentence.

Writing Sample

  • Required
  • The writing sample should reflect your best work and should ideally be a paper of original research based on historical documents. Writing samples should be double-spaced with 1 inch margins.

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Department of History at UIC Admission Policies

Terms of Acceptance
Most applicants to the graduate programs are admitted as regular students on full standing. Some, however, may be admitted on limited status. These students must meet certain conditions that the Director of Graduate Studies specifies in the letter of admission. Failure to meet these conditions within the stated period of time will result in dismissal from the program.

Full-Time Status
The Graduate College requires that master's degree students graduate within five years of entry into the program. Full-time students are expected to earn at least 12 and not more than 16 credit hours each semester they are enrolled. Part-time students may enroll for fewer than 12 credit hours. With the approval of their faculty advisor and the Graduate Advisory Committee, students may enroll for a limited number of credit hours in courses offered by other departments.

Non-Degree Students

  • Non-degree students must obtain permission of the instructor before registering for a history graduate course.
  • Students admitted into one of the history graduate programs may petition to transfer up to 8 credit hours of non-degree work. Students should petition to transfer these credits as soon as possible following admission to a graduate program

The graduate programs in history at UIC are administered by the Director of Graduate Studies in consultation with the Graduate Advisory Committee, the Director of WRGUW, the Director of History Education, and the graduate history faculty.

The Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies provides staff support.

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Graduate Advising in the History Department at UIC

Students entering one of the History Department graduate programs will be assigned advisors by the Director of Graduate Studies. MAT students are ordinarily advised by the Director of the Teaching of History Program. Other students are assigned advisors in their fields of interest. Students have the right to change advisors for any reason and members of the graduate faculty have the right to decline to work with particular students. Should a student or faculty member desire a change, it is his or her responsibility to inform the Director of Graduate Studies in writing of the decision. Students who wish to change advisors must secure the written consent of the new faculty member with whom they wish to work.

Faculty advisors serve several important functions. They help students plan a program of study and they oversee preparation for major and minor field examinations. In the case of Ph.D. candidates, advisors select the dissertation committee and supervise the research and writing of the dissertation. Advisors may require students to enroll in specific courses, prepare specific major or minor fields, or meet additional requirements, including the mastery of additional languages or research skills.

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