The graduate program of the Department of History offers the Masters of Arts (M.A.) degree.

Applications are made online; instructions and links can be found on the Graduate School admissions page. Questions about the status of your application can be addressed to the Office of Admissions, 408 W. Franklin Street, 3rd Floor, Richmond, VA 23284-2526; the phone is (804) 828-6916, and the email address is

Application deadlines for receipt of all materials:
* priority consideration for Fall admission - February 15
* deadline for Fall admission - July 1
* priority consideration for Spring admission - October 15
* deadline for Spring admission - December 1

It is recommended that candidates apply early to ensure receipt of any applicable financial aid.

Applications consist of:
1) a written statement of intent, indicating why the applicant wishes to pursue a graduate degree in history, what area of concentration (topic, time period, geographical location, etc.) the applicant wishes to study, and professional goals;
2) transcripts from all undergraduate institutions;
3) satisfactory completion of the general Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
4) three letters of reference from instructors or colleagues capable of speaking to the applicant's ability to conduct research, communicate effectively, contribute in a classroom, and progress through graduate school.
In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a writing sample of roughly twenty pages demonstrating their ability to analyze and convey historical information effectively.

Writing samples should be emailed to, with the applicant's full name and the program to which they are applying in the subject line of the email.

It is strongly encouraged that references use the online application to submit letters of recommendation; however, references may also email their letters to, with the applicant's full name and the program to which they are applying in the subject line of the email.

Admission criteria:
Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a history major or thirty credits in subject areas containing historical content (such as literature, political theory, art history, etc.). Alternatively, applicants can substitute work experience, such as archival, museum, or preservation work, for the undergraduate major. Applicants' transcripts should show a grade point average indicative of the ability to pursue successfully a graduate degree.

If a personal interview is desirable, applicants should contact the department's Director of Graduate Studies, Ryan K. Smith,

Thank you for your interest in our program.