Master’s Degree – Admission Requirements and Application Process

Entrance Requirements

Applicants for admission into the History Master’s degree program should have a baccalaureate degree with an undergraduate major in history, though students holding a Bachelor’s Degree in a related academic field are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants who majored in disciplines that are closely related to history (such as English, political science, sociology, archaeology, anthropology), and who meet the GPA and other requirements, may be fully admitted to the graduate program if they have sufficient coursework in history. Students lacking a firm background in history who otherwise meet the program criteria can be admitted on a conditional basis and may be required to take additional coursework before they are fully admitted.

To apply, candidates must:

  • Have earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA in history
  • Apply to UIS through the Admissions Office
  • Submit an academic writing sample to the History Department chairperson
  • Submit a statement of purpose (not to exceed 500 words) to the History Department chairperson

Although it is not required, applicants may also submit one or more of the following:

  • GRE scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of work experience in the field of history

Applicants who have earned a cumulative GPA and/or a GPA in their major of 2.5 to 2.99, and who submit all required materials for program review, may be considered for conditional admission.  In this case, applicants may be required to take additional coursework, or take specified graduate courses, depending on each applicant’s situation.

For general admission guidelines, please visit the UIS Admissions website.

The statement of purpose and writing sample may be sent to:

History Department Chair
University of Illinois Springfield
One University Plaza – MS UHB 3050
Springfield, IL 62703-5407