College of Arts and Sciences

Department of History

Admissions

To ensure prompt processing of your admissions application, please send an email to Ken Anderson, History Program Coordinator, at kwanderson@wsu.edu and tell him you have submitted your application.

Due to university budget cuts in this difficult economic climate, the History program at WSU Vancouver is currently understaffed. We will not be admitting new students to the M.A. in History at the Vancouver campus in 2013–2014.

Please note that M.A. and Ph.D. applicants wishing to be considered for a teaching assistantship must submit applications prior to January 10. The application file must be complete by that time. Those simply wishing admission into our graduate program must submit their materials by March 1.

The department admits students separately to the M.A. and Ph.D. programs. It is understood that some students may choose not to continue beyond the M.A., and that others may not be permitted to do so. M.A. candidates who do not intend to continue on to the doctoral program may want to consider the department's non-thesis option at the M.A. level. The aim of the thesis option at the M.A. level is to provide students with research training leading to degree candidacy in the doctoral program.

Applicants to the graduate program in history are expected to show high potential for engaging in advanced historical research and analysis. Applicants must meet general university requirements for admission to graduate standing and are advised to have completed an undergraduate major in history. The department strongly recommends that applicants to the M.A. program have a minimum of 12 upper-division credits of undergraduate history. Applicants to the Ph.D. program must have at least 15 graduate credits in history. Both M.A. and Ph.D. applicants are strongly urged to have at least 2 years of foreign language study or equivalent competence.

Applicants must submit the following to the Graduate School:

Admission Requirements: Master of Arts in History

Applicants admitted to the Graduate School as either regular or provisional students may be admitted to the program for the master of arts in history if they meet the following qualifications:

  1. Application materials must be received by January 10 for those seeking eligibility for financial assistance. Materials must be received by March 1 for admission to commence the following academic year.
  2. A baccalaureate degree.
  3. A minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.3 in the applicant's undergraduate major.
  4. A complete application file (see above).

Applicants to the MA program must be accepted by a major professor with whom they wish to work in their primary field of study. Please contact the appropriate faculty member before the application deadline (see Guide to Fields of Study and Major Professors).

 

Admission Requirements: Doctor of Philosophy in History

Applicants admitted to the Graduate School as regular students may be admitted to the Ph.D. program in history if they meet the following requirements:

  1. Application materials must be received by January 10 for those seeking eligibility for financial assistance. Materials must be received by March 1 for admission to commence the following academic year.
  2. Admission is contingent upon the completion of a master of arts degree by the beginning of the semester in which graduate studies begin. A master of arts degree in history is preferred. Applicants who hold a master's degree in fields other than history and who have been admitted to the Graduate School as regular students must have completed at least 15 graduate credits in history.
  3. A minimum graduate GPA of 3.5.
  4. Evidence of competence in at least one (1) foreign language demonstrated either through the completion of at least 2 years of university course work, appropriate non-academic experience, or passage of a 2-hour examination in which the applicant will translate into smooth idiomatic English approximately 600 words (or the lexical equivalent) from a foreign language.
  5. A complete application file (see above).

Applicants to the Ph.D. program must be accepted by a major professor with whom they wish to work in their primary field of study. Please contact the appropriate faculty member before the application deadline (see Guide to Fields of Study and Major Professors).

Ph.D. Admission Requirements for WSU Master's Students

Students completing a master's degree in history at WSU and requesting admission to the Ph.D. program must meet the admission requirements for all applicants to the Ph.D. program and must submit the following:

Students seeking eligibility for financial support must submit all materials by the January 10 deadline. Financial support as a teaching or research assistant will be determined on a competitive basis in conjunction with all students entering the graduate program.

It should be stressed that admission to the M.A. and Ph.D. programs is competitive. Satisfying these minimum requirements does not, by itself, guarantee admission. At the same time, the decision to admit is based on consideration of the entire file, and promising applicants in unusual circumstances whose records fall below the minimum requirements should not be discouraged from applying.

The Evaluation Process

Incomplete applications will not be evaluated. Once your file is complete, it will be reviewed by the history department's Graduate Studies Committee.

Grounds for not admitting applicants are diverse. Even candidates with strong academic records may be rejected. No faculty member may be available in the field in which the student is applying, or there may be no room for additional qualified students in a particular field. The prospective major professor or the Graduate Studies Committee may consider an applicant academically uncompetitive, inadequately prepared, lacking adequate facility in the English language, or possessing an insufficient foreign language background.

Your statement of purpose will be closely scrutinized by a prospective major professor and members of the Graduate Studies Committee. You should pay careful attention when drafting your statement to see that it is a cogent and careful representation of the reasons for pursuing studies in a particular field of history. The guidelines include advice on writing your statement of purpose, which you are encouraged to consult (see Writing Your Statement of Purpose).

The Graduate School will notify new applicants of their admission to the graduate program in history.

Forms

Please see Guide to Fields of Study and Major Professors and fill out the following forms when applying to the graduate program in history. These must be included in your application packet.

 

 

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