Master's Admission Requirements | Department of History

Master's Admission Requirements

The deadline for Fall 2024 admission deadline is January 15, 2024.

The UNT Department of History takes a holistic approach in evaluating applicants for admission to our graduate programs. Statement of purpose that contextualize a prospective student's application play a significant role in our admissions decisions. GRE scores are NOT required, but are highly recommended. We do NOT have minimum GPA or GRE score requirements, nor do we have 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 MA program.

  1. Score at the 50th 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 a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (overall OR for the last sixty hours OR in at least 24 undergraduate history credit hours) of 3.5 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. Must be within five (5) years old (UNT School Code 6481). NOT required, but highly recommended.

Step 2: Apply to the Department of History

  • Submit an online application at and upload the following attachments:
    • Statement of purpose. The statement of purpose explains why you wish to pursue a Master's degree in History at UNT. This letter should describe the specific fields of historical study that you are most interested in; what brought you to those interests; and how graduate study in history will serve your broader intellectual and professional aspirations.
    • At least two (2) letters of recommendation. 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; note instructors are not required to give permission) 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 degree if they are later admitted unconditionally to the History graduate program. Admission to the History graduate program is not guaranteed by enrolling as a non-degree student. Applicants should visit and review the Toulouse Graduate School website before applying -


International applicants should consult with the Toulouse Office of International Admissions for more specific information related to application deadlines recommended for I-20 processing, if admitted.

  • International Transcripts: The Toulouse office of International Admissions requires international transcripts to be provided in both English and your native language, if applicable. English translations must be from either the academic institution or a certified translator. They accept notarized or copied transcripts from foreign schools only for processing your application. If admitted, original and official documents will be required before you can register for classes.
  • English Language Proficiency: UNT degree program applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency. Minimum TOEFL score requirement is 79; Minimum IELTS score is 6.5; Minimum PTE score is 53. UNT-International provides a complete list of ways to demonstrate English language proficiency.

Admission Questions

Please contact the Graduate Student & Program Specialist, Cairan Bergstrom, via email at or by phone at 940-565-2489.