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Graduate Admission

The History Graduate Committee considers applications during the spring semester. Applicants must submit their materials before February 1. Late applications will not be accepted.

General Requirements

Applicants to the TCU Graduate History Program must have:

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least 24 semester hours in history (any applicant lacking these qualifications may be admitted conditionally, but must take such preparatory work as may be prescribed by the Graduate History Committee. Students must also present a strong academic record and provide evidence of an ability to do scholarly research and writing).
  • An applicant to the Ph.D. program must hold an MA degree in history.

Students earning the MA degree at TCU must reapply to AddRan College before being admitted to work toward the Ph.D. degree.



Required Materials

  • A completed application form
  • 3 letters of recommendation
    • Please submit letters from three people who are familiar with your academic work. Applicants who have been out of school for some time may submit recommendations from work supervisors. Please keep in mind that recommendations should comment on skills and aptitudes relevant to advanced scholarly work in history. Your recommenders may submit their letters online or by mail; you will be able to choose from these options in the course of the online application
  • Current resume/ CV
  • $60 application fee (electronic payment due at the time application is submitted)
  • Statement of purpose
    • Applicants must submit a 500-1000 word statement of their academic and professional goals. It should describe your academic background and preparation, indicate what area or areas of history you want to study and outline your career goals.
  • Writing sample
  • Please include a 1-15 page sample of academic or scholarly writing. A chapter of a master’s thesis or a research paper you have done for a previous course is recommended.
  • Transcripts of academic work 
    • Unofficial transcripts from each institution you have attended since high school should be uploaded with your application. You are not required to submit official transcripts at the time of application. Official transcripts will be REQUIRED only if you are admitted.

Optional Materials

  • The TCU History Department no longer considers GRE scores as part of our graduate admissions process.

  • Transcripts of academic work 

    • You are not required to submit official transcripts at the time of application. Official transcripts will be required if you are admitted. If you choose to submit official transcripts at the time of application, order one complete official, sealed transcript sent from the Registrar's Office directly to the TCU History department.

      • Secure E-Transcripts should be emailed to
      • Paper transcripts should be mailed to:
        TCU Department of History
        Director of Graduate Studies
        TCU Box 297260
        Fort Worth, TX 76129