Graduate Program Admissions
For admission in fall 2015, The Ph.D. application deadline is December 15, 2014. The MA application deadline is January 30, 2015.
Dear Prospective Applicants:
Thank you for your interest in the Graduate Program in History at the University of California, Irvine. Although the University was only founded in 1965, the Department of History has achieved a high standard of excellence in teaching and historical research. The Department of History at the University of California Irvine emphasizes graduate training in regional areas, world and transnational history, and thematic specialties such as critical theory, gender and sexuality, colonialism and empire, slavery and global migrations, history of the environment, and science and technology. Whatever the student’s chosen emphasis, the History Graduate Program encourages students to think across national and regional borders and to have a solid understanding of how the discipline of History contributes to debates about global and local transformation.
We are delighted that you are considering applying to UCI. Apply online using UCI’s electronic application form, available on the Graduate Division website.
Applying to UCI:
Applicants are strongly advised to speak with the professor(s) they are interested in working with in person or by phone before applying to the program.
In evaluating applications for the program, the Admissions Committee carefully examines each individual's total dossier.
It is desirable that an applicant have the equivalent of an undergraduate major in History; however, the Department also considers students who have previously specialized in other subject areas and who have strong writing and analytical skills. Many students entering the doctoral program also hold a Master's degree in history or an associated field.
A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 is required for admission, with evidence of better work in history or equivalent fields. As part of the application (Statement of Purpose), students write an essay discussing their interest in history and professional and intellectual goals. Students also submit a writing sample demonstrating strong writing, analytical, and research abilities. In addition, all applicants submit three letters of recommendation. Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are requested for cross-reference with grades.
International applicants from countries where English is not the primary language are required to show proficiency in English through the TOEFL exam. A personal interview with one or more faculty (via phone or in person) may be required after the application is submitted. Students are accepted for admission for fall quarter only. The deadline for doctoral applications is December 15, and the deadline for MA applications is January 30.
Note on the Writing Sample:
Your writing sample should be at least 10 pages long, but not longer than 30 pages, double spaced. You should not feel compelled to submit the maximum number of pages. Applicants with a Master’s thesis or substantial undergraduate research papers can submit a chapter or section of the longer work. In addition to demonstrating your writing ability, the selection should show your ability to work with primary source materials, and/or deal with historiographical debates. Applicants can submit two papers, or sections thereof, in order to demonstrate specific skills or knowledge. In this case, one of the sections must be at least 10 pages long, and the total should not exceed 30 pages. You may submit your sample(s) of written work to the History Department either by email to the Graduate Administrator, who will send you an email confirmation of receipt, or by mail.
Funding Information for Doctoral Applicants:
The Department accepts only the number of doctoral students that it can fund for at least five years (tuition, living stipend, and TA work) or qualified students who have funding from external scholarships. The University of California awards a range of different scholarship packages based on merit and potential. The University is especially interested in creating a diverse graduate community. In the application essay, students are encouraged to consider how their life experiences and intellectual interests contribute to diversity in the broadest sense. (For example, how have issues of gender/sexuality, race/ethnicity, immigration, class, disability, etc. shaped the student’s interests in history? And/Or how might the student’s particular research interests contribute substantially to new and diverse ways of thinking about the world?)