Students must apply and be admitted separately to the School of Law and to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GRS). For School of Law application procedures, please consult the School of Law web site.
For the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, please consult the Department of History web site for information on applying to GRS.
a. To be admitted to the joint degree M.A. in History program, students should have a substantial background in history (e.g., undergraduate major or minor). Students also must submit a scholarly writing sample as part of their M.A. application.
b. Students follow the usual procedures for applying to the M.A. in History, including submitting official transcripts. The following special provisions also apply:
- Students ordinarily apply to the Graduate School of Arts and Sciencesbefore or during their first year of law school to begin the M.A. program in their second year of law school. Students may apply to the two programs simultaneously or sequentially. A J.D. student must apply to GRS no later than his or her third semester in law school.
- If a student applies simultaneously to Law and to GRS for consideration for the dual-degree program, he or she should indicate this on the School of Law and GRS applications. The student may use the same personal statement and recommendations for both applications, provided that the recommendations and statement address the student’s interest in the J.D./M.A. in History program.
- If a student applies to the M.A. in History after beginning law school, he/she must write a new personal statement and submit at least one new letter of recommendation, both of which address the student’s scholarly skills and achievement in history, and interest in the J.D./M.A. program. (The student should submit his/her other law recommendations.)
- Must submit either the LSAT score or a score on the Graduate Record Exam(GRE).