All applications must be submitted to the university graduate school through the online application. 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.” For more information, visit the Admissions website.
Students who are offered admission to the master's or the doctorate 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.
Students must apply directly to the university graduate school completing the formal application form (paying the application fee) and providing copies of ALL the following supporting documentation:
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- Statement of purpose (2-4 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 a master's or doctorate and what you want to do during and after your degree.
- Writing sample
- PhD applicants - a single, article-length (30 pages or fewer) piece of academic writing, preferably demonstrating the use of primary sources and/or analysis of historiography
- MA applicants - a single piece of academic writing, preferably in history, of 5-10 pages
- Two letters of recommendation with waivers: Letters 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): Learn how to submit transcripts to FIU.
- GRE scores: Required for doctoral students only. Master's applicants who believe their applications would be strengthened by high GRE scores may also submit them.
- 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. More info on percentiles and conversions.