Admissions FAQsI am interested in your M.A. program.
Only in exceptional circumstances do we do offer the M.A. as a terminal degree. As a rule, students are only admitted for the Ph.D.; they may choose to earn an M.A. along the way, but it is not required. For more information about our degree programs, see the Graduate Program Degrees page.
What GPA/GRE scores are required/competitive?
Students admitted to our program generally have high GPAs and high GRE scores, but we have no minimum requirements for either measurement. That said, an application with a GPA lower than 3.4 or GRE score lower than 1200 from a native English speaker is not likely to impress. The writing score is not seen by the admissions committee.
What should I focus on when preparing my application materials?
Your materials should make it apparent that you are prepared for our program. Faculty evaluators consider letters of recommendation very seriously as statements from their peers regarding your readiness for graduate study. Your writing sample needs to show academic rigor and should address historical questions. Your statement of purpose should succinctly state your case for admission by describing your research interests, identifying potential academic advisers, and explaining why you want to study and The University of Texas at Austin.
I don’t have an undergraduate degree in History. Can I still apply to your program?
Yes. Your application will be considered holistically and various measures of experience will be taken into consideration. Your application materials need to show adequate preparation to conduct original research and produce academic writing in the field of history. They also need to show your familiarity with the subfields and geographic areas you propose to research.
What foreign language skills do you require for admission?
Applicants are expected to be well on their way to proficiency in the languages necessary to undertake their proposed research. Study in American History requires that you pass one foreign language exam; all other programs require two languages. Details on language requirements can be found in the Official Guide to Graduate Study pdf.
Is there a separate application for funding?
No. Each applicant is automatically considered for all applicable funding available through the university, including fellowships and Teaching Assistantships. No additional applications or materials are required. Funding offers are made along with offers of admission.
How do I become a Teaching Assistant?
There are a limited number of Teaching Assistantships available in the History Department. We can only guarantee TAships as part of funding packages made at the time of admission.
When are admissions decisions made and when will I be notified?
Notification of admissions decisions are sent out in early March.
How long does it take to finish the Ph.D. graduate program?
Depending on the area of study, it generally takes students between five and eight years to complete the Ph.D. degree.
Where do your students find teaching jobs? What are your placement rates?
Eighty percent of those who completed the Ph.D. program between 2004 and 2010 achieved tenure-track jobs. Our Alumni page provides lists of doctoral graduates and their placements over the decades.