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Admission Requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • 18 credit hours of history
  • The aptitude portion (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) of the GRE

The application deadline for students who would like to enter the Ph.D. program in the Fall semester is January 5th. For more information please email  Staff Assistant Sarah Handley-Cousins or call us at 716-645-3433 . To apply, follow these simple steps:

To Apply:

Please complete your application through GrAdmit, the University’s online graduate application system.  Select “History PhD” from the drop down menu.  The nonrefundable application fee is $75 which must be paid online via GrAdmit.

Please have the following information/documents ready at the time of submission:

  • Three letters of recommendation, preferably from professors in history or related disciplines.
  • Sample of written work (see below*)
  • Statement of purpose (see below**)
  • The aptitude portion (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) of the GRE. UB’s Institution Code is 2925. GRE scores should no more than three years old at the time of application.
  • A current  CV

International students must submit a financial statement and TOEFL scores (for those whose native language is not English). For U.S. citizens whose native language is not English, a TOEFL score is also required.

Minimum TOEFL score requirements:
Internet based TOEFL = 79
Paper based TOEFL = 550
Computer test = 213

*What is the writing sample? What should I submit?

  • The writing sample should be an academic paper of approximately 20-40 pages that demonstrates significant engagement with primary and secondary historical sources, ideally in the field of study you wish to pursue.

**What is the “Statement of Purpose”?

  • In 800-1000 words, tell us about your reasons for applying to the program, and what you plan to accomplish while you are here.  Please be sure to consider the following questions:
  • What in your intellectual and/or personal history led you to choose a career in history?  Are there particular books, topics, or approaches that inspired your interest?
  • What topic and/or field do you plan to focus on in your coursework and research?  What ideas do you have for your own original research (dissertation)?  Why does this subject interest you?
  • How does your proposed area of study coincide with the work of professors in our department?  Who among the faculty might be reasonable choices to serve on a dissertation committee for your chosen topic?
  • Please visit the American Historical Association page for further advice on the application process.