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 ask their institution to mail ALL of their transcripts to the Office of International Admissions at the International Application Address below. (It must come directly from the institution.)
Office of International Services
Eigenmann Hall Room 525
1900 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47406
Non-native English speakers must provide a TOEFL score (minimum score of 79 on the IBT), IELTS score (minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS), or a Duolingo score (minimum score of 100 on the Duolingo). Please note that this institution, IU Bloomington, is different from other IU campuses such as IU South Bend. Their requirements do not apply to us, and vice versa.
Exceptions can be granted for students who have undergraduate degrees from institutions in which English was the principal language of instruction. We ask that such students first arrange a video call with an Indiana University Department of History faculty member in their area of interest to verify that their spoken English is sufficient for work as a teaching assistant. The faculty member should report the results of this call to the Director of Graduate Studies, copying to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have, questions about this requirement, please reach out to email@example.com