Degrees and Fields of Study
Ph.D. in History
- African Diaspora
- Atlantic World
- Medieval European History
- Early Modern European History
- Modern European History
- East Asian History
- South Asian History
- Latin American and Caribbean History
- United States History
- French Studies/History (Joint Ph.D.)
- Hebrew and Judaic Studies/History (Joint Ph.D.)
- History/Middle Eastern Studies (Joint Ph.D.)
- History/Law (Ph.D.-J.D. Dual Degree)
M.A. in History
- Archives and Public History
- History of Women and Gender
- World History
- History/Law (M.A.-J.D. Dual Degree)
Advanced Certificate in History
Note: The field of study descriptions may not exactly match the actual program name on the degree that is conferred. Please refer to the GSAS Bulletin section Degree and Certificate Programs as Registered by the New York State Education Department for the actual program name and degree conferred.
- December 18, fall only admission
Joint Ph.D. Applications
For the application deadline date, please meet the deadline of the other department.
- March 2, fall only admission
Advanced Certificate Applications
- March 2, fall only admission
Dual Degree Applications
For History, please meet the appropriate deadline shown above. For the other school, please consult their admissions website for their application deadline.
All application materials must be received by 5 p.m. eastern time on the deadline date. If an application deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal U.S. holiday, then the next business day will be the deadline date.
Program-Specific Application Requirements for History
All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit a complete application for admission. A complete application includes the online application, academic transcripts, test scores, letters of recommendation, a résumé or curriculum vitae, a Statement of Academic Purpose, and the application fee. Please refer to the Instructions section of the online application for full details. In addition, the department specifically requires the following:
GRE for applicants to all programs except the master's or advanced certificate in Archives and Public History: GRE general test required. See test score FAQ.
GRE for applicants to the master's or advanced certificate in Archives and Public History: GRE general test not required.
TOEFL or IELTS: Either the TOEFL or the IELTS is required of all applicants who are not native English speakers or who do not have a bachelor's or master's degree from an institution where the language of instruction is English. See test score FAQ.
Statement of Academic Purpose: In a concisely written statement, please describe your past and present work as it relates to your intended field of study, your educational objectives, and your career goals. In addition, please include your intellectual and professional reasons for choosing your field of study and why your studies/research can best be done at the Graduate School of Arts and Science at NYU. The statement should not exceed two double-spaced pages.
Statement of Academic Purpose (Joint Ph.D. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies/History): Applicants to any doctoral program in Hebrew and Judaic Studies are required to append to their Statement of Academic Purpose a one-page, double-spaced description of their proficiency in Hebrew and the sources from which it was acquired. Non-native speakers of Hebrew should indicate
- The institutions at which they studied Hebrew;
- The textbooks from which they studied;
- The extent to which their program of study incorporated Biblical, classical, and modern Hebrew; and
- The highest level achieved.
Native speakers should indicate the years completed in Israeli schools and universities.
Applicants may also, at their option, include an autobiographical statement in Hebrew, one page maximum. This statement should be hand-written personally by the applicant and should be saved as a pdf file and uploaded in the online application on one of the pages labeled "Additional Information." If it is not possible to save the autobiographical statement as a pdf, then please mail it to the Hebrew and Judaic Department at the address shown in their section of this document. Be sure to include your name, date of birth and Embark ID.
Writing Sample (all programs except M.A. in Archives and Public History): An academic writing sample is required and should not exceed 35 pages double-spaced.
Writing Sample (M.A. in Archives and Public History): An academic writing sample is required. It may consist of a published article, an academic paper, an archival finding aid, or some other appropriate item and should not exceed 35 double-spaced pages.
Dual-Degree Applicants: Dual-degree applicants must also apply to the School of Law.
Important Note for Applicants to the Advanced Certificate Programs: To enroll in the advanced certificate program, students must have completed a master’s or doctoral degree or be enrolled concurrently in a master’s or doctoral program in the humanities, social sciences or sciences.
The Graduate School of Arts and Science reserves the right to change this information at any time. This document supersedes all previous versions.
Last updated October 20, 2017.
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