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


Completed applications are due by October 15th.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (B) on a 4.0 scale  and a minimum grade point average of a 3.3 (B+) on a 4.0 scale in the student’s undergraduate major.  An undergraduate major in History is not required, but applicants without such a background may be required to take additional coursework in history at the undergraduate level as a condition for acceptance in the program.
  • Appropriate level of achievement on the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE).
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation.

Required Documentation

  1. Three (3) letters of recommendation
  2. One (1) original copy of all transcripts sent directly from the schools to the Department (see below for mailing address).
  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 her/his letter online (follow the directions in the online application for how to add your recommenders). If for some reason, a recommender cannot submit her/his letter online, she/he must send a hard copy letter directly to the address below. If you are unsure about waiving your right to see the letter, talk with your recommenders about what they advise.

2) Your official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities (documenting each course taken and all degrees awarded) must be submitted directly from each university attended.  We will accept transcripts tat are mailed or submitted electronically 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 Personal Statement 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 (e.g.,  Public History, U.S. History, or European History).

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 thesis advisor (also referred to as the chair of the thesis committee) 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 coursework 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 Ph.D. should recognize that competence in at least one and sometimes two foreign languages is often a requirement in history doctoral programs.

Mailing Address

IUPUI History
Graduate Program
425 University Blvd., CA-513
Indianapolis, IN 46202 

Emailed Address (for electronic submission of transcript or questions)


History Department Graduate Program
(317) 274-1182

Please put:

Attention History Program

In the subject line.


NOTE: You must apply online via the link above. Cost to apply is $65. Please be sure to choose "History" as your Academic Program. In the first paragraph of your Personal Statement, be sure to indicate your intended area of concentration e.g.,  Public History, U.S. History, or European History.


  • Allow time to schedule and study for the GRE. It takes at least a month for your scores to get to the department. We pay most attention to the scores for the Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing portions of the exam.
  • Get letters of recommendation from people who can speak most directly to your ability to do graduate work in history. Try to have at least two letters from history professors or professors who have taught you in upper-level liberal arts courses.
  • Ask a professor to help you revise your Personal Statement. Use it to show us who you are and why you want to come to our program specifically. Identify your chosen area of concentration (U.S., European, or Public History). Explaining how our faculty and program support your research interests and career goals is a good idea. Avoid phrases and ideas that could be interpreted as trite or cliché as well as broad generalizations; be concrete, specific, direct. We want to learn about your experiences doing history and to see you thinking like a historian. If you have any potential weak spots in your application, spend a sentence explaining them. Similarly, identify positive things (awards, publications, etc.) that set you apart. If you plan to concentrate in European history or use foreign language sources in your research, describe your foreign language training. Finally, proofread carefully. Aim for a length of about 500 words.
  • We do not need a writing sample or résumé, but you may include them if you think that either (or both) will give us a better sense of your abilities.
  • If you think you do not have enough history background for graduate work yet, have been out of school for a long time, or have a low undergraduate GPA, think about taking some courses with us as a Graduate Non-Degree student before you apply. It is a good way for us to get to know each other and for you to strengthen your application. Contact the Director of Graduate Studies if you are interested in this option or have any questions about the application process.

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. Consult with the History Department’s Director of Graduate Studies about appropriate courses and faculty. Upon acceptance into the M.A. program, someone who has taken graduate courses as a non-degree student may petition the Director of Graduate Studies in the History Department to count up to three (3) graduate-level history courses toward the Master’s degree. The request is subject to review by a representative of Indiana University Graduate School.

For more on the Graduate Non-Degree Program, go to: