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History  Doctoral


What is History at WVU like?


Ph.D. students in History at WVU create a curriculum in consultation with faculty advisors and the Director of Graduate Studies in four fields: one major field and three minor fields (one of which must be outside of the student’s area of research concentration). In addition to these areas, the Department of History encourages doctoral research that is transnational and comparative in perspective.

The major field is designed to be both the student’s primary research and teaching field. The major field of study is chosen by the student in conjunction with their main faculty advisor, who agrees to oversee the preparation and examination in that field. The field should be based on the student’s dissertation interest, but the student should also acquire a broad understanding of the historiography related to that research area.

Application Deadlines

Each graduate program sets their own term of admission and application deadline. Applicants can only apply for admission for the term displayed below. Any questions regarding the application deadline should be directed to the graduate program representative.

Fall: January 15

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What are the requirements to apply for History at WVU?

University Requirements

To be eligible for admission into a graduate program at WVU an applicant must submit official, bachelors degree transcripts from a regionally accredited institution and hold a GPA of at least 2.75.

WVU operates decentralized admissions. Decentralized admissions allows each graduate program to set its own application requirements in addition to the University requirements.

Program Requirements

To be eligible for admission into the History graduate program an applicant must submit the following documentation:

  • Letters of Recommendation - Three
  • Résumé /CV
  • GRE
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Masters Degree Required
  • Essay/Writing Sample

Additional application considerations:

  • The GRE is optional.

Certain application requirements may be waived based on a preliminary review of an application by program.

International Applicants must also submit the materials outlined here.

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