The main application form is submitted online.
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This application fee must be paid online via credit card in the online application form
This focused statement of 1,000 words or fewer describes your professional interests and goals. Your personal statement/statement of intent should be uploaded and submitted with your online application.
NOTE: two personal statements are needed if you wish to apply for admission to both the PhD track and a terminal MA program. The 1,000 word statement should focus on your interests in the PhD track and the second statement should be no more than 300 words identifying interest in one of the terminal MA tracks offered by the Department of History (see Terminal MA Tracks), and provides a rationale for the terminal MA application.
Letters of recommendation should be written by professors of history or in related disciplines and they should address your potential as a scholar as well as past performances. Whether submitted online or sent by mail, each letter of recommendation must be sent directly from the recommender.
The writing sample—term paper, thesis, published articles, or any other piece of written work—indicates an applicant’s ability to communicate well in non-fiction prose. Your writing sample should be no more than 30 pages in length; we very strongly suggest the writing sample be in the English language. If the paper you are going to submit is more than 30 pages, select and submit only the 30 pages that best highlight your abilities. Your writing sample should be uploaded and submitted with your online application form (see above).
We must receive one official transcript from EACH college or university attended (Undergraduate and Graduate levels), whether or not a degree was earned.
Note: We cannot accept transcripts directly from applicants. Please contact the Registrar of your university and request a copy, preferably in electronic format, sent to the Department of History office at the email below.
If email is not an option, you may send official documents to the Domestic Application Address listed below.
Domestic applicants should send ALL of their transcripts either electronically to the email above or by mail to the Department of History.
International applicants should mail ALL of their transcripts to the Office of International Admissions at the International Application Address below.
Office of International Admissions
400 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405, USA)
GRE scores should be no more than 5 years old. For electronic scores, the codes are “1324” for Indiana University and “2799” for the Department of History.
If your native language is not English, you must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The test service (ETS) should report the TOEFL score directly to Indiana University Bloomington. The Indiana University TOEFL code is "1324".
NOTE: The College of Arts and Sciences sets the minimum TOEFL scores as follows: 79 (internet-based); 213 (computer-based); or 550 (paper-based).