Graduate Program Admissions


For admission to the Master's Program or the Doctoral Program in History, the department requires:

  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • Score on the Graduate Record Examination predictive of success in the program
    • Recently accepted applicants have usually had GRE verbal scores between 160 and 170, quantitative scores between 152 and 164, and analytical scores between 4.5 and 6.0.  However, the GRE is just one factor that is often balanced by others.
    • NOTE: To due hardships associated with Covid 19, the GRE is optional for applications submitted during the Fall 2020 semester. If you wish to submit your GRE scores, the committee will gladly consider them as part of your application. However, the GRE is not required during the 2020-2021 application cycle.

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose
  • Vita (resume)
  • Writing sample
    • Writing samples are on average 20-30 double-spaced pages in length. Ideally, your writing sample will demonstrate how you analyze primary sources, engage with secondary sources, and make a historical argument or interpretive claim. 
  • Transcripts from all institutions of higher learning the applicant has attended
  • Completed Application

Note: Successful Ph.D. applicants most commonly have an MA in history. We are open to PhD applicants with MAs in other fields as well as history-focused M.Div. programs. We do also consider applicants for the PhD who are applying directly from their undergraduate degree, but it is significantly less common for us to offer admittance to these applicants. 

How to Apply

Submit all application materials to the Graduate School through the electronic application process (see How to Apply on the Graduate School's Admissions page). You may complete the GoBaylorGrad portion of your online application there or by accessing it below:

Application Deadline

Applications are due December 1. Fall admittance only.


The department may modify these requirements in exceptional circumstances.