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
- A score of 550 on
the Verbal portion of the GRE is the minimum recommended.
- A score of 550 (paper-based)
or 213 (computer-based) is the minimum recommended.
- A score of 6.5 is the minimum recommended.
- Three required.
- Applicants are strongly
advised to request all three letters from former professors, preferably
- 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.
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
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
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.
- 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.
of History at UIC Admission Policies
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.
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
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
The Assistant to the
Director of Graduate Studies provides staff support.
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.