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How to Apply

Applicants to the graduate program should use the online application, which is available on the Graduate School site.

Feel free to contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Alexis Peri, at alexisp4@bu.edu, with additional questions.

Prospective students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents can apply for fee waivers for the PhD application or MA application at the Graduate School’s website. Please do not submit the application until you have received a decision regarding your fee waiver application.

We are particularly eager to recruit students from underrepresented groups (URGs). Students from these backgrounds, and from low-income backgrounds, are encouraged to apply for application fee waivers from the Graduate School, and there are additional financial aid packages available.

As of fall 2023, the History Department will not be requiring the GRE for applicants applying for admission to the PhD program. As part of the selection process, the Department may elect to interview some applicants about their academic interests and qualifications. Applicants will be individually notified if an interview is requested. 

When considering applications to our MA and PhD program in History, our department takes a holistic, comprehensive approach, considering not only applicants’ cumulative GPAs but also personal statements, writing samples, and letters of recommendation among other criteria. We understand that applicants’ grades for Fall 2023 may have been adversely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, or that their transcripts may contain pass/fail credits rather than letter grades. Applicants will not be held at a disadvantage for COVID-related difficulties they experienced in Fall 2023.

The department accepts applications for September admission only. The deadline for PhD Fall 2024 applications is December 15, 2023. The deadline for MA Fall 2024 applications is March 1, 2024.

Further Information

Graduate Program Administrators

Alexis Peri

Director of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor of History

alexisp4@bu.edu

Cady Steinberg

Department Administrator

cady8590@bu.edu