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Department of History

Applying to the M.A. Program 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.

***Application Deadline is February 1, 2017***

How to Apply:

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

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 (GRE scores and transcripts can be sent to the U.W. Office of Admissions). In addition to the main application, the following supporting documents are required:

GRE Scores

A minimum combined score of 291 (900 under the old scoring system) with a minimum verbal score of 153 (500 old system) is required. The Department of History reserves the right to consider the analytical (writing) score as well. You may upload unofficial scores, but you must have ETS send your official scores to UW. GRE scores are valid for five years after the testing date.


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.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Carolyne Larson, the Chair of the Graduate Committee. When you are ready to begin, click below:Begin Your Application


Further information on admission to the University of Wyoming can be found in the University Catalog

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Phone: 307-766-5101

Fax: 307-766-5192


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