Application Timeline

September 1: Applications Open

March 1: Applications Due

March 15: Decisions Sent

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Prerequisite Information

In addition to satisfying all admission requirements set forth by The Graduate School, the Department of History requires that applicants have a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 from an accredited institution. Additionally, the graduate committee may require students who have majored in other fields to take prerequisite undergraduate courses in history.

Application Deadline

The application will open September 1. Applications will continue to be accepted until March 1.

Applicants seeking to apply for fall admission after the deadline, or spring semester, or are interested in enrolling part-time must first contact the graduate director before applying.

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Unofficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions should be uploaded with your electronic application and may be used for departmental admission review purposes. If offered admission, you will be directed and required to submit to the JMU Graduate School an official transcript from any institution from which a degree has been awarded to finalize your admission. Transcripts are considered official if they are sent to JMU directly from the issuing institution.

Required by Program
  • 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
  • Formal writing sample of approximately 10 to 20 pages that demonstrates the applicant's analytical abilities and writing skills
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Any additional materials that demonstrate the applicant's preparation and potential for graduate study

Applicants who have been out of school for sometime should contact the Graduate Director for advice on identifying appropriate recommenders and selecting a suitable writing sample.

Online Application
International Applicants

International Graduate Information

International applicants will upload a credential evaluation of their non-U.S. college or university transcripts from one of the services listed at this link: Credential_Evaluation

More Questions?

Contact Dr. William Van Norman ( with questions about the graduate program.

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