PhD Admission Requirements | Department of History

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PhD Admission Requirements

We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2020. The regular admission deadline is June 15, 2020.

Applications for the Ph.D. in History are considered in both the Fall and Spring semesters and the due dates are as follows:

  • January 15th for Fall semester priority admission (eligibility for annual funding);
  • June 15th for Fall semester regular admission;
  • October 15th for Spring semester regular admission

The UNT Department of History takes a holistic approach in evaluating applicants for admission to our graduate programs. Letters of intent that contextualize a prospective student's application play a significant role in our admissions decisions. We do NOT have a minimum GPA or GRE score requirement, nor do we have a minimum undergraduate credit-hour in history requirement. However, the general guidelines below provide a broad picture of some of the common characteristics of successful applicants to our PhD program.

  1. Score at the 70th percentile or higher on the verbal portion and 4.0 or higher on the analytical/writing portion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  2. Have a bachelor's degree and 24 hours of history credits from an accredited university (6 hours of US history, 6 hours of world history, and 12 hours of upper level history); and
  3. Have successfully completed a master's degree in history or an associated field of study from an accredited university with a minimum GPA of 3.6 on a four-point scale.

Application Process

Applying to a program in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences is a 2-part process. An applicant must apply to both the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies and to the Department of History, as detailed in Steps 1 and 2.

Step 1: Apply to the Toulouse Graduate School

  • Contact the registrar's office at each college and university you have attended and request that each send an official transcript of your records to the Toulouse graduate school. Transcripts are required from every college or university you have attended and must arrive by the application deadline.

By U.S. Postal Service:
Toulouse Graduate School
1155 Union Circle #305459
Denton, TX 76203-5017

By UPS/FedEx:
Toulouse Graduate School
1147 Union Circle, ESSC 354
Denton, TX 76203-5459

  • Submit your GRE scores (UNT School Code 6481; Must be within five (5) years old).

Step 2: Apply to the Department of History

  • Submit an online application at and upload the following attachments:
    • Letter of intent. The letter of intent explains why you wish to pursue a Ph.D. in History at UNT. This letter should describe the central insights and intellectual questions that motivate your interests in history; the specific fields of historical study in which you are interested; and the broader goals you hope to achieve through your research and scholarship.
    • Sample of writing. A piece of professional/academic writing from the master's degree.
    • At least three (3) letters of recommendation. At least three letters should come from people who are familiar with your post-secondary academic record and are able to speak to your potential for success in the Ph.D. history program. Applicants must include recommenders name and email address when filling out their History application, in order for each recommender to receive the link to upload their recommendation letters. There is no specific recommendation form required.

Please note: If an applicant's application file is incomplete by the department's current application deadline, they may register as a Non-Degree Seeking student with Toulouse Graduate School and enroll in graduate history courses (with the written permission of the appropriate instructor) while they complete all of the history admission requirements. In such cases, students may transfer up to twelve (12) hours of history graduate course work to count towards the completion of their history master's degree if and when they are later admitted unconditionally to the History master's program. Applicants should visit and review the Toulouse Graduate School website before applying -

For questions about the application process please contact the Graduate Studies Assistant, Jennifer Landeros, at or by phone at 940-369-8932.

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