Graduate Application

Please note that the deadline for applications to the Atlantic History Ph.D. Program is now January 15, and that the deadline for applications to the M.A. Program in History is now February 1. Applications procedures have changed, so please review the content of this page carefully.

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

Graduate Program Director
Department of History
Florida International University
Deuxième Maison Suite DM 397
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: (305) 348-2328
Fax: (305) 348-3561


Admission to the Programs

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

The application process is completely online and administered by the University Graduate School. Students who are offered admission to the M.A. or the Ph.D. program must accept the department's offer in writing 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 must be signed and returned to the department's Graduate Secretary.

The MA in History is now available with a fully online curriculum. To apply for the fully online option, select “History-MA Online” under the “Concentration” menu in the online application. To apply for the on-campus MA, leave this option blank by making no selection under “Concentration.”

A complete application consists of the following elements:

  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Statement of Purpose:
    • (Brief two to three pages) This statement should provide information about your areas of historical interest, your background in History, and any other details that will help evaluate your suitability for our program. (We assume that you love history—we want to know why you want to pursue an M.A. or Ph.D. and what you want to do during and after your degree.)
  • Writing Sample:
    • Writing Sample: for Ph.D. applicants a single, article-length (thirty 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
  • Two Letters of Recommendation with waivers (see below):
    • Letters of Recommendation should specifically address the applicant's preparation in the study of history and the chances for success in a History graduate program. Letters should come from university faculty members who can endorse the applicant's academic preparation. Please note that recommendation letters that do not indicate a selection regarding the waiver will not be considered.
  • Official post-secondary transcripts (with translations if required, see below)
  • GRE scores (doctoral students only)
    • Please note that while there is no GRE threshold for admission, students with exceptional GRE scores may 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
  • Application for Graduate Assistantship (if appropriate)
    • Graduate Assistantship application: If you would like to be considered for one of a limited number of competitive doctoral Graduate Assistantships, please complete the GA application in full and submit via e-mail directly to the department. Please see the University Graduate School's website for more information about the formal elements of a Graduate Assistantship.
  • International students need to provide TOEFL scores (if applicable, minimum score is 575).
  • International students are also required to provide diplomas and official translations of both transcripts and diplomas.

The mailing address for transcripts, translations, and any other supplementary material;

Florida International University
Graduate Admissions Office
PO Box 659004
Miami, FL 33265-9004

The application deadline is January 15 for the Ph.D. program and February 1 for the M.A. program. The Department of History has Fall term admissions only.



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 credit 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 four undergraduate (3000- and 4000-level) History courses at FIU prior to acceptance into the M.A. program. These courses can be taken by registering under the category of non-degree seeking student and will not count toward the M.A. The student must obtain at least the grade of B in each of these courses before applying to the graduate programs. Please consult the University Graduate Catalog and Graduate Admissions Office for more information.

The quoted GRE (Graduate Record Examination) and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores and the undergraduate grade point averages are minimum requirements. All applications are reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee, which makes all final admissions decisions.