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The Department of History offers the Masters of Arts degree with an opportunity for concentration in three fields of history:
World history
United States history
Local/regional/public history

Admission Requirements

All applicants must first satisfy the general application requirements of the Graduate School. Please see the information for prospective graduate students on the web page of the Graduate School,

The Department of History requires applicants have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from an accredited institution and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination General test (GRE).

The graduate committee may require students who have majored in other fields to take prerequisite undergraduate courses in history.

To Apply
For information and instructions and to begin the application process, go to

Required Materials
The Department of History requires all prospective applicants to submit:

  • GRE scores

  • official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

  • a brief statement of purpose, 500 words in length, that identifies the applicant's academic or professional background, intended field of concentration, and long-range career aspirations.

  • three letters of recommendation, at least two of which are from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic work and potential for graduate study. 

  • a formal writing sample of approximately 10 to 20 pages that demonstrates the applicant's analytical abilities and writing skills. Applicants who have been out of school for some time should contact the Graduate Program Director for advice on identifying appropriate recommenders and on selecting a suitable writing sample.

Applicants may submit additional materials that demonstrate their preparation and potential for graduate study.

Application Deadlines

The application will open September 1. January 15 is the deadline to be guaranteed consideration.

  Applications received after January 15 will be reviewed in accordance with openings available in the program.  Students normally matriculate in the fall semester.

Contact Information

For further information, please contact:

Dr. P. David Dillard
Graduate Program Director
History Department

James Madison University
58 Bluestone Dr MSC 2001
Harrisonburg, VA  22807