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Graduate Admissions

The History Department offers several degree options for graduate historical study.

Students may pursue an MA in History or a PhD in History. Individuals may also pursue an Advanced Certificate in history.

To Apply, prospective students must complete and submit an online GRADMIT application for their degree of choice. 

Applications to the Master's program must include a personal statement, transcripts from all schools colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation, a sample of written work. International students must provide additional documentation as described on GRADMIT.

Applications to the PhD program must include three letters of recommendation, a sample of written work, a statement of purpose, the aptitude portion of the GRE, a current CV, and transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. 

GRE Requirements

GRE scores are not required for MA applicants. 

PhD students must provide scores  for the aptitude portion of the GRE. 

International students whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores.  

Minimal TOEFL score requirements:  

  • Internet based = 79
  • Paper based = 550
  • Computer test = 213

Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities for our Masters' Students changes from year to year, but we are often able to offer graduate assistantships or fellowships. For more information, please contact Sarah Handley-Cousins, handley2@buffalo.edu.

With rare exceptions, the Department offers a minimum 4 years of support to all full-time PhD students, usually through Teaching Assistantships, plus a full tuition scholarship.

Teaching Assistants are required to teach, usually as assistants to History Department Professors in American History Surveys or in History General Education courses. Teaching assistants are required to attend lectures and supervise two to three recitation sections per semester.

Typical PhD Funding Package:

$12,180 Baseline T.A. Stipend
$10,870 Tuition Scholarship
$ 2,000 Departmental support in the form of Fellowships and Grants
$ 25,050 Total estimated financial aid for a full-time doctoral students

Healthcare: Health Insurance is available to full-time PhD students with a Teaching Assistantship.

Dissertation Fellowships: Advanced PhD students may compete each year for additional support designated to travel and living expenses to conduct dissertation research outside the Western New York region. This funding is subject to availability but represents a possible 5TH year of support for qualified students.

Further opportunities are often available for advanced PhD students to teach their own undergraduate courses as paid adjunct or teaching associates. In this way, our very best students frequently receive 6 or possibly 7 years of total support.

Please contact us for more information about department specific grants and fellowships. Please see the Graduate school’s list of scholarships and grants for additional funding opportunities such as the Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program for diversity or the UB Presidential Fellowship for outstanding incoming graduate students.

Application Deadlines

Students can begin the Master's program in either the Fall or Spring semester. The target date for Fall admission is April 1, and for Spring admission, October 1. Admissions are rolling.

PhD applications are only accepted for Fall start dates, and must be received by January 5

Application Fee

All applications require a nonrefundable $75 fee, paid electronically via the Gradmit application system. 

Contact Us

Please contact staff assistant Sarah Handley-Cousins with questions about the application process. 

Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduates may apply for a major or minor in History by completing an application and scheduling an appointment with Carole Emberton, the Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). Open office hours are available during the spring and fall semesters. Please note that you must schedule an appointment for advisement with the Director of Undergraduate Studies before you can turn in your application to the History Department office.

Please fill out the History Department Application and bring to your advising meeting with Professor Emberton.

Contact Us

For more information please email dushist@buffalo.edu or call the History Department at (716) 645-2182.