How to Apply

Priority will be given to students that submit all application materials by December 1st.

How to Apply to the History Graduate Program

The instructions in this document are for applicants who wish to apply to pursue one of the following degree options:

  • MA in History—General History Option A: Thesis Option
  • MA in History—General History Option B: Non-Thesis Option
  • MA in History— 1) Public History Specialization; 2) Museum Studies Track; 3) Archives Track; 4) Historic Preservation; Track 5) Thesis Track
  • MA in History—Urban Historical Studies Specialization
  • MA in History/Library and Information Studies Coordinated Degree *(note that application requirements may be slightly different for MA/MLIS dual degree.)
  • PhD in History—applicants must already have the MA degree in History or in a related field.

Important: Admission to the PhD program in History is only considered for the fall semester. ***However, students may immediately start taking classes as “non-degree” graduate students and have those credits count toward their degree after gaining graduate admission. See the link for Non-degree Candidate Admission for the application process.  History admits MA students for the Fall and Spring semesters although priority will be given to applicants that submit all their application materials by December 1.

Applicants should

  1. Review the admission requirements on the Graduate School’s Admission Information page.
  2. Review the step-by-step powerpoint presentation above to learn about the application process.
  3. Complete the Graduate School’s Online Application.
  4. Click on College of Letters and Science — History. For the MA/MLIS click on “Coordinated Degree Programs.” Required components of the Online Application include the following:
    • Payment of the Application fee
    • Selection of the Desired Degree Option
    • Submission of a Reasons Statement—The History Department evaluates the reasons statement to determine the appropriateness of the applicant’s desired degree program for the applicant’s educational and professional goals. The reasons statement also serves as an example of the applicant’s writing. A reasons statement should include the following:
      • Explanation of reasons for wishing to pursue graduate study in history at UW-Milwaukee
      • Discussion of relevant academic background, knowledge, experience, or skills
      • A list and explanation of relevant academic awards or honors
  5. One (1) transcript from every undergraduate and graduate institution attended by the applicant.
    Note: If the online system only accepts a limited number of transcripts, upload the most recent and those in which a degree was conferred).
  6. Two (2) Letters of Recommendation for master’s students and three (3) letters of recommendation for doctoral applicants. Applicants must input their recommenders’ email addresses into the online application system which will then generate a request for a letter. Recommenders will then upload letters directly to the online system.
  7. Writing Sample—Applicants must upload a research paper to the online system. For MA applicants, the writing sample should be at least ten (10) pages and not more than twenty (20) pages in length. For doctoral applicants the sample should be at least twenty (20) pages and not more than forty (40) pages. The sample should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to analyze primary and secondary sources and should include properly formatted footnotes or endnotes and a properly formatted bibliography.

Application for a Teaching Assistantship (optional)

Application for a Teaching Assistantship (optional)—Each year, the History Department funds a limited number of teaching assistants (TAs) who lead discussion sections and grade examinations and papers in larger lecture classes. TAs receive free tuition and a stipend. For the current stipend rates sees the Graduate Assistant Policies and Procedures page.

To apply for a teaching assistantship, please fill out the application available below. Save the form to your computer. Upload the completed teaching assistantship application to the Attached Documents-Teaching Assistantship in your Panthera application.
Priority Deadline: December 1.

  • Teaching Assistant Application Form — doc, pdf

Graduate School Fellowships (Optional)

Priority Deadline for Receipt: December 1

Applicants may be eligible to apply for two (2) fellowships offered by the UW-Milwaukee Graduate School:

  • Advanced Opportunity Program Fellowship
  • Distinguished Graduate Student Fellowship

For further information about each of these fellowships as well as the electronic application system, visit Types of Funding on the UWM Graduate School site.

Please email the Director Graduate Studies for more information and questions.

Graduate Director
Rebecca ShumwayHolton Hall, Room 342