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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 Sarah Phillips, at sarahphi@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.

Owing to the impact of COVID-19, we will not be requiring the GRE for PhD or MA admissions for Fall 2022.

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 Spring 2020 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 Spring 2020.

The department accepts applications for September admission only. The deadline for all Fall 2022 applications is December 15, 2021.

Further Information

Graduate Program Administrators

Sarah T. Phillips

Director of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor of History

sarahphi@bu.edu

Cady Steinberg

Department Administrator

cady8590@bu.edu