Office of Graduate Studies Requirements
- Complete the initial online application information.
- Pay the $50.00 application fee.
- After you submit your initial information, you will receive instructions for the the University's online application system.
Upload your most recent unofficial transcript from each institution attended. We will only need official transcripts upon admittance.
Recommendation for Graduate Admission
Three letters of reference are required and should be submitted through the University's online application system.
Personal Statement and Writing Sample
Should be submitted through the above application system.
The personal statement is approximately 1-2 single-spaced pages in length. Its purpose is to explain your background in history and to indicate your areas of interest in our program. Personal statements should illustrate prior training and experience, explain your general and/or specific research interests, and indicate how our faculty can support your pursuit of a professional history degree. Personal statements that express clear goals, prior background, and strong ties to our departmental strengths are the most successful.
The writing sample is a paper previously written by the applicant; there is no standardized page limit, although they are typically 10-30 pages in length. Papers that demonstrate historical analysis of primary sources are most useful, but otherwise writing samples should demonstrate critical thinking and sound writing skills.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
You should register to take the GRE and have the results forwarded to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (institution code: 6877); you do not need to enter a departmental code as all scores are processed centrally. You should also submit your scores through our application system.
All applicants (M.A., Ph.D. without M.A., and Ph.D. with M.A.) must have four semesters of study in at least one language other than English with an average grade of B or better; all four semesters of study must be for the same language. If needed, this requirement can be fulfilled while enrolled in the program, but it must be completed before the portfolio defense or comprehensive exams.
Ph.D. applicants in American history should also be fluent in at least one language other than English, and Ph.D. applicants in non-U.S. fields should demonstrate fluency in at least two languages besides English. Fluency is demonstrated through an exam offered in the Department at least once a year.
This policy is more fully expanded in the Graduate Handbook.
should also include:
- TOEFL: The Department of History's minimum scores are 575 (paper) or 90 (web)
- Financial Resource Certification Form
December 1 for all M.A. and Ph.D. students applying for admission.
We accept applications for Fall semesters.