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Graduate Studies in History


Before you apply, consider the following:

  • What area of history most interests you?
    Consider geographical area and time period, as well as thematic concentration and approach.
  • Which faculty member would you hope to work with?
    You should contact that faculty member directly and discuss with them your goals and interests.  Finding the right graduate advisor is central to your success as a graduate student.
  • Is Wyoming a good fit for your interests and goals?
    Explore our website, visit campus, and talk with current graduate students.  You should consider whether our program is a good fit for you before you apply.
Visit our Graduate Student Life page for more information about what it is like to be in the History Master's Degree program.

***Application Deadline is March 1, 2023***


How to Apply: 

The university requires a one-time $50 application fee.

For those applying for admittance into the Fall 2022 M.A. in History program, the Department will be able to assist with covering the cost of the application fee. For more information about this, please contact the Chair of the Graduate Committee, Dr. Renee M. Laegreid.


Admission to the M.A. program is granted for fall semester only. As the application process is entirely online, please do not mail any documents (transcripts should be sent to the U.W. Office of Admissions). In addition to the main application, the following supporting documents are required:


Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required, and ideally should come from undergraduate instructors with whom you have had sustained contact. Instructors of seminars and smaller, discussion-based classes will often have the best idea of your skills and interests. Once you have supplied contact information for your recommenders, the Admissions Office will email them with instructions for submitting their letters.



Include transcripts from all institutions you have attended after high school. You may upload unofficial transcripts for coursework in progress, but note that formal acceptance will be contingent upon receipt of official, final transcripts. You do not need to submit transcripts for coursework completed at the University of Wyoming.


Writing Sample

This should be 10 to 20 pages and represent your best and most sophisticated writing. A senior thesis or undergraduate seminar paper would be ideal.


Statement of Purpose

This should tell us about your interests, your reasons for wanting to pursue a graduate degree, and something about your future plans. Use the questions at the top of this page as a guideline. It should be between 250 and 500 words in length.


GRE Scores

The Department will no longer require GRE scores for MA applications.


If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Renee M. Laegreid, the Chair of the Graduate Committee.


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