Graduate Admissions


NOTE: You must apply online via the link above. Cost to apply is $60. Please be sure to choose "History" as your Academic Program (but be sure to indicate in the first paragraph of your personal statement your intended area of concentration i.e. Public History, U.S. History, European History.) 


Completed applications are due by February 1 for full consideration. Any remaining applications are due by April 1. (Note: We will not consider incomplete applications.)

Completed applications are due by October 15

Admission Requirements

Required Documentation:

  1. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  2. One (1) original copy of all transcripts
  3. GRE scores from ETS
  4. Personal Statement

1) Your three letters of recommendation should be from individuals familiar with your academic abilities and potential. Each recommender should submit their letter online (follow the directions in the online application for how to add your recommenders). If for some reason, a recommender cannot submit their letter online, they must send a hard copy letter directly to the address below. 

2) Your official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities (documenting each course taken and all degrees awarded) must be mailed directly from each university to the address below.

3) The Department of History must also receive your official scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) (we do not require the History Specialty Exam). Results should be submitted to IUPUI (school code: 1325) and the History Department (code: 2799 or similar) in order for the department to view your results. For more information about the GRE revised General Test, please visit the ETS website.

4) A 300-500 word "Statement of Purpose" regarding your current goals, plans for your professional career, and reasons for selecting this field of study must be included. YOU MUST indicate in the first paragraph of this statement your intended area of concentration (i.e. Public History, U.S. History, European History).

Mailing Address
IUPUI History Department
Graduate Office
425 University Blvd., CA-504L
Indianapolis, IN 46202 

History Department Graduate Office

Foreign Language Requirement

There is no foreign language requirement for the degree per se. However, those students who will incorporate foreign language documents and scholarship in their graduate work (especially those concentrating in European history) will be expected to translate non-English sources. They must thus demonstrate an appropriate level of competence in the relevant language before they begin work on their thesis. The Director of Graduate Studies and the student’s advisor may require the student to take additional coursework. All students concentrating in European history should expect to demonstrate competence in a foreign language, ideally upon application to the program. (Competence is defined as two years of undergraduate course work with a grade of B or better in the final semester, or demonstration of an equivalent reading proficiency in an approved foreign language exam.) Students considering the possibility of going on for a PhD should recognize that competence in at least one and sometimes two foreign languages is often a requirement in history doctoral programs. 

Application Advice

Graduate Non-Degree Program

Students whose applications are not complete, or who want to "test the waters" prior to submitting an application, may take a limited number of graduate courses as graduate non-degree (GND) students. With the approval of the departmental Director of Graduate Studies a maximum of eleven (11) credit hours earned as a graduate non-degree student may be recommended to the Dean of the Graduate School to be applied to history department degree requirements after the student is accepted into the M.A. program. Consult with the department’s Director of Graduate Studies about appropriate courses.

Museum Studies Certificate Program

The Graduate Certificate may be taken as a freestanding credential or paired with graduate work in another related discipline (ex. Anthropology, History, Philanthropic Studies, Education, Library Science, Non-Profit Management). Please follow this link to review the Graduate Certificate Curriculum.