Graduate Application

Please note that the deadline for Ph.D. Applications to the Atlantic History Program is now December 1, and the deadline for applications to the MA Program in History is now February 1. Applications procedures have changed, so please check this site carefully.

For information regarding the application process not covered here, please contact:

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of History
Florida International University
University Park
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: (305) 348-2328
Fax: (305) 348-3561

Admission To The Program

For the most up-to-date requirements for the degree, including information for students with M.A.s seeking to enter the PhD Program, please consult official FIU Graduate Catalog.

There are two (2) parts to the application process: 1) the on-line application to the University Graduate School and 2) the materials presented to the Department of History. Students who are offered admission to the MA or the PhD program must accept the Department's offer in writing in order to secure their place in the program. At the time of notification of admission, students will be provided with an acceptance-of-admission form, which will include an explicit "reply by" date. This form should be signed and returned to the History Department's graduate secretary.

Part 1: University Graduate School Materials

http://gradschool.fiu.edu/admissions.shtml

Applications should include:

  • Official transcripts from any post secondary institution(s) attended
  • TOEFL scores (if applicable); minimum score is 575
  • International students are required to provide diplomas
  • International students are required to provide official translations of transcripts and diplomas
  • Graduate Record Examination scores (Ph.D. applicants only)
    • While the Department of History no longer requires a minimum score for doctoral applicants, the normal threshold for admitted students is around 160 or higher for Verbal, 144 or higher for Quantitative on the new scoring system (or a combined score of 1120 on the old scoring system.)
    • Students with exceptional GRE scores might be considered for a Presidential Fellowship, which requires, among other qualifications, that "one of the two section scores, verbal and quantitative, meets or exceeds the 80th percentile, and the other score meets or exceeds the 60th percentile." For more information on percentiles and conversions, see https:/www.ets.orgs/gre/pdf/concordance_information.pdf

Office of Graduate Admission
Florida International University
University Park
Miami, Florida 33199 USA

Part 2: Department Materials

Applicants to both the Doctoral and the Masters programs should send the following materials in hard copy form directly to the Director of Graduate Studies, and not to the University's Office of Graduate Admissions:

  • Current curriculum vitae;
  • Official copy of transcripts from any post secondary institution(s) attended
  • Graduate Record Examination scores (Ph.D. applicants only)
  • Writing sample
    • For Ph.D. applicants: a single, article-length (30 pages or fewer) piece of academic writing, preferably demonstrating use of primary sources and/or analysis of historiography
    • For M.A. applicants: a single piece of academic writing, preferably in History, of no fewer than five and no more than ten pages
  • Short (2-3 page) Statement of Purpose. This statement should give the Graduate Committee information about your areas of historical interest, your background in history, and any other pertinent information that will help us evaluate your suitability for our program. (We assume that you love history. We want to know why you want to pursue an MA or a PhD in history and what you want to do during and after your degree.)
  • Graduate Assistantship Application (Word format) (PDF format). If you would like to be considered for one of a limited number of competitive Graduate Assistantships, please complete the GA application in full and submit it directly to the department. Please see the Graduate Assistant Handbook for more information about the formal elements of a Graduate Assistantship.
  • Arrange to have two (2) Letters of Recommendation sent directly to the department's Director of Graduate Studies. A Waiver Form for the Letters of Recommendation should be included with each letter. These letters should specifically address the applicant's preparation in the study of history and the chances for success in a graduate history program. Please note that recommendation letters that do not indicate a selection regarding the waiver will not be considered.

The application deadline is December 1 for the Ph.D. program and February 1 for the M.A. program. FIU has Fall admissions only.

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of History
Florida International University
University Park
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: (305) 348-2328
Fax: (305) 348-3561

Requirements:

Applicants to both the M.A. and Ph.D. program must have a minimum GPA of 3.25. To be fully admitted, applicants must have completed at least 12 semester-hours (on the basis of 3-hour courses) in undergraduate courses in the field of History. Applicants who do not fulfill this requirement may address the deficiency by successfully completing 4 undergraduate (3000-4000 level) History courses at FIU prior to acceptance into the FIU MA programs. These courses can be taken by registering under the category of "Special Student," and will not count toward the MA. (Consult the University Graduate Catalog and the Office of Admissions.) The student must obtain at least the grade of "B" in each of these courses before applying to the graduate programs.

The Graduate Record Examination and TOEFL scores and the undergraduate grade point average are minimum requirements. All applications are reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee which makes the final admissions decisions.