Graduate Admissions

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

Students may pursue a 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 application. 

Applications to the Master's program must include a personal statement, transcripts from all schools colleges and universities attended, two letters of recommendation, and a sample of written work. We prefer that the writing sample comes from a history course and that it displays your ability to engage in historical analysis using both secondary and primary sources.

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

GRE scores are not required for MA or PhD applicants.


To be reviewed for admission you must fill out the supplemental questions on the application for international students and upload the following documentation to your application.

International applicants must provide the following:

1.     Complete the Financial Form with supporting bank documents;
2.     Officially verified TOEFL score from ETS;
3.     English translation of transcript;
4.     Proof of degree; and
5.     Copy of passport.

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

PhD Funding Opportunities

  • Academic year stipends of $23,000 for all full-time, funded PhD students on 10-month academic teaching assistant, research assistant or graduate assistant appointments.
  • UB’s stipend levels are competitive among public Association of American Universities (AAU) member institutions.
  • Additional Fellowship Opportunities:
    • Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship Program: To be eligible for a Schomburg Fellowship, candidates must contribute to the diversity of the student body, and can demonstrate that they have overcome a disadvantage or other impediment to success in higher education. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to receive Schomburg Fellowships.
    • Presidential Fellowships: To be eligible for Presidential Fellowships, candidates must meet the criteria listed on the Presidential Fellowship page. Both domestic and international students are eligible, if they meet these criteria. For any questions regarding funding for academic year 2024–2025, contact the director of graduate studies or department chair.
  • The full funding package includes an additional tuition scholarship and additional financial support from the History Department.
Note to all PhD applicants

If you wish to be considered for a Presidential Fellowship and/or a Schomburg Fellowship, please include in your Statement of Purpose a brief explanation of why you believe you may be eligible. 

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. The History Department may fund up to $3000 for dissertation research. Funding is dependent upon availability. Students may apply for Dissertation Fellowships more than once.

Further opportunities for funding are often available for advanced PhD students, including the opportunity 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.

Application Deadlines

Students can begin the Master's program in either the Fall or Spring semester. The target application 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 December 1

Application Fee

All applications require a nonrefundable $75 fee, paid electronically.  Applicants in need may request an application fee waiver from the History Department.

Contact Us

Please contact the Department of History with questions about the application process.