Department of History

Application Instructions

The Department of History requires the following materials in an application for admission into the graduate program:

  • Your online application. All applications must be submitted on-line. Please send a check in the amount of $75, payable to the University of Pittsburgh; or, preferably, pay online. Applications will not be processed until the fee is paid.
  • A “Career Statement” of 2–4 pages that describes the basis of your intellectual and professional interest in history, and the reasons for your application to the graduate program at the University of Pittsburgh. What are the primary areas of your interest and competence within the field of history? Why does our program appeal to you, and how would it fit with your research interests? Who are the faculty members you would like to work with, and why? If appropriate, please include information about your reading proficiency in languages relevant to your proposed research.  The more specific your statement, and the closer the match between your intellectual interests and our areas of expertise, the higher the chances of being admitted into the program.
  • Three letters of recommendation from former teachers or others who can evaluate your qualifications for graduate study.
  • An official academic transcript from the college/university at which you completed your work for a BA degree; and if you have an MA, an official academic transcript covering your MA work.
  • A sample of your written work, preferably on a historical subject: this could be a term paper, MA thesis, or publication.
  • Current CV/Resume
  • For admissions into the program a minimum GPA of 3.0 is required

All documents must be uploaded via the Applyyourself application system. A copy of all academic transcripts must be uploaded as well. If you are admitted, you are then required to provide an official copy of the transcript(s) by no later than October 15th. Until you provide the official transcript, you will be admitted with a contingency.

International applicants must also provide the following additional materials:

  • The International Graduate Student Supplemental Information Packet. Please download this form.
  • An evaluation of your proficiency in English, as measured by the “Test of English as a Foreign Language,” (TOEFL), administered by the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A. You should inquire at your university for the date and place of examination in your locality. A minimum TOEFL score of 90 (with at least a score of 22 in each of the four sections of speaking, listening, reading and writing) will be required for all applicants. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (with at least 6.5 in each of its four sections) will be required for all applicants.

Deadline for all applications is January 15th.

Please refrain from calling or emailing regarding the status of your application, which can be checked via the applyyourself application system. If you do need to contact the department regarding your application, please e-mail the Graduate Administrator, Patty Landon at  

Decisions on both admission and financial aid will be announced around March 15th.