Thank you for your interest in applying to the History graduate program at UCLA for 2018-19. UCLA is transitioning to a new admissions system. Although we are trying to minimize disruptions to applicants and recommenders, we strongly suggest that you prepare your application documents offline, including the statement of purpose and any writing samples or attachments. When you begin working online, please remember to save your work often. If technical issues arise, you may be asked to resubmit part of your application.
If you started an application prior to November 13, but did not submit it
Regrettably, it has not been possible to transfer the information you provided before November 13 into our new graduate application system. We are very sorry for the inconvenience. You will need to begin a new application.
If you submitted your application prior to November 13
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Thank you very much. We appreciate your patience during this transition and look forward to reviewing your submission.
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The deadline for application is December 15, 2017 for Fall 2018. All admitted students are expected to enroll the following fall. Deferred enrollment is not permitted. Before submitting the application please read all forms and instructions carefully.
Because the History Department has several different fields, each with slightly different requirements, the criteria for admissions are not rigidly standardized. The admissions committee considers the following factors:
three letters of recommendation from the student’s former or current professors.
the applicant’s statement of purpose (two pages, double spaced).
a writing sample of no longer than 10 pages, double spaced (not including bibliography).
foreign language training
undergraduate or M.A. grade point average
Graduate Record Examination scores (with an emphasis on the verbal score).
Unofficial transcript uploaded on the online application. We may request official transcripts at a later time.
The faculty relies heavily on the comments and assessment of colleagues at UCLA and other academic institutions. A thoughtful and thorough assessment provides insight into the student’s abilities, preparation and motivation. Several such evaluations combine to form a detailed picture of the student’s background and potential. It is the applicant’s responsibility to check with people who have written the letters of recommendation to make sure that they are submitted by the deadline.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
A candidate’s statement of purpose distinguishes him or her from all other applicants. It indicates to faculty the student’s interests, ability to state research goals concisely, and to some degree, the candidate’s maturity and sophistication, both of which are significant in an extremely competitive program. The admissions committee looks for students who show that they have already focused on a given field and have a reasonable awareness of what the department has to offer. It is helpful for candidates to list the names of faculty members with whom they would like to work.
Your writing sample should be no longer than 10 pages, double spaced (not including bibliography). Book reviews, senior thesis, and research papers are acceptable. You may also submit an excerpt of a longer paper (e.g. MA or senior thesis) but please adhere to the 10 pages. You can include a brief explanation before the sample if it is from a larger work.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE TRAINING
The importance of language training varies from field to field. A student of U.S. history, which requires only one foreign language, could conceivably begin the program with minimal foreign language preparation. On the other hand, students in other fields should come to UCLA already having done significant work in their major language. Those without such training would have difficulty with their required course work and research, both because of the difficulty of these languages and because these fields require proficiency in two or more foreign languages.
GRADE POINT AVERAGE
The admission committee looks for a GPA of 3.5 or better for the junior and senior years.
GRADUATE RECORD EXAMINATION SCORES
The verbal and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination are most important for admission to the history program. For non-native English speakers, the TOEFL or IELTS exam is also required for a better assessment of the student’s language capability. When reserving your test date, be sure to check with ETS to make sure your scores will arrive by December 15. The GRE codes to select are 4837 (UCLA) and 2799 (History).
DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY MAILING ADDRESS (FOR OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS) *WILL BE ASKED FOR AT A LATER DATE*
UCLA Dept of History
Attn: Graduate Advisor
6265 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1473
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
DO YOU OFFER AN M.A. IN HISTORY AT UCLA?
We do not offer a terminal M.A. in History. Students can earn their M.A. while completing the requirements for a Ph.D. All graduate students entering the Department of History at UCLA are expected to complete the Ph.D.
DO I NEED TO HAVE MAJORED IN HISTORY AS AN UNDERGRADUATE IN ORDER TO APPLY?
No. But, applicants should be able to demonstrate that they have an academic background in the field that they are applying to. Foreign language preparation and training should also be demonstrated based on the requirements of the field.
WHAT IF ALL OF MATERIALS DO NOT ARRIVE ON TIME BY THE DEC. 15 DEADLINE?
Anything that arrives late, after the deadline will not be thrown out. We will include late material in your application; however, we cannot guarantee that it will be reviewed by the faculty due to the strict application review timeline.
WHAT KIND OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT DOES THE DEPARTMENT PROVIDE ITS GRADUATE STUDENTS?
The Department of History typically offers an admitted student financial support in the form of registration fees, non-resident tuition, stipends and Teaching Assistant positions for 5 years. These recruitment packages are contingent on a student making good academic progress though the program. Additionally, the department has generally been able to offer students various kinds of travel research support. For more information please visit: http://new.history.ucla.edu/academics/graduate/financial-information.
HOW LONG SHOULD THE PERSONAL STATEMENT IN MY APPLICATION BE?
The statement of purpose is generally 1-2 pages, but should be no more than 2 pages, double spaced.
SHOULD THE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION, STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND THE WRITING SAMPLE BE MAILED IN TO THE HISTORY DEPT?
These items are to be uploaded online. Your letter of recommendation writers will be able to do so directly.
I AM USING A LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION SERVICE. HOW DO I HAVE THOSE LETTERS SUBMITTED TO YOU?
Please coordinate with your service provider to have them upload the letters directly to your application.