Admission Requirements

You may apply to the Department of History Graduate Program through a convenient online submission process.

The general admission deadline for the Fall 2017 application cycle is January 5, 2017. Be certain to observe deadlines. To ensure fairness for all applicants, deadlines are firm and no additional materials are accepted — no exceptions can be made.

Applicants to the Department of History Graduate Program must comply with specific requirements:

Application fee:

The application fee is $105 for domestic applicants and $125 for international applicants. Payment may be made by credit card, or by sending a check or money order made out to "UC Regents" to Graduate Studies. Do not send cash by mail to pay your application fee. The fee must be paid before an application will be considered complete, and a separate fee must be paid for each application submitted. Consult the Office of Graduate Studies for information about financial support or to obtain a fee waiver.

Letters of recommendation:

Three (3) letters must be submitted electronically through the online application. Please do NOT submit a hard copy. Submit all recommendations through the online program.


UC Davis requires academic records from each college-level institution you have attended, as the Office of Graduate Studies describes. You will be instructed to upload scanned copies of your transcripts after you have submitted your online application. You must upload your transcript(s) by February 1. Current UC Davis Student and Alumni transcripts will be automatically uploaded into the application.

GRE scores:

Please submit General Test GRE scores electronically through ETS. The University code is: 4834. The History Dept (other) code is 2799.

Writing sample:

Applicants must submit writing samples of 10 to 30 pages online. The online application includes a section through which to upload those materials. Please do NOT send a hard copy to the department.

Internal fellowship application:

Application for an internal fellowship, which is required of all applicants, allows the Department of History to nominate potential graduate students for university and department fellowships. This application is a component of the online application process. Applications must be submitted by the January 5th deadline, and transcripts must be received by February 1 to be eligible for internal fellowships.

Statement of purpose:

Each applicant must compose a statement of purpose that clearly defines and delineates a coherent research question. Further guidelines on the personal statement may be found in the application and on the Office of Graduate Studies website.

Personal history and diversity statement:

Applicants should describe how their personal background informs their decision to pursue graduate school. This statement should complement, but not duplicate, the statement of purpose.

Research Interests:

Applicants should select the primary geographic area of interest from the drop down menu first, followed by subsequent areas of interest or research specializations. Applicants may further elaborate on their research interests in the essay portion of the application.