2023-2024 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in History

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in History


After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

December 1, 2022

Admission Limited to


Exams & GRE Types

GRE: Not required

Letters of Recommendation


UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit a statement of purpose and a writing sample. Applicants normally are expected to hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in history from an accredited college or university, with at least a B+ average in upper division coursework. For applicants to the Ancient field, demonstrated proficiency in ancient Greek and Latin is expected. For applicants to the European field, demonstrated proficiency in at least one foreign language (usually French or German) is expected; prospective students are strongly urged to have proficiency in two foreign languages.

Applicants who have had a year or more of graduate study at other institutions should have attained a grade-point average of 3.5 or better (on a 4.0 scale) if they wish to work toward the Ph.D. degree.

Admissions are limited to the number of openings each year in the field in which the applicant expects to specialize. Applicants are urged to correspond with a member of the History faculty in the field in which they intend to work.

Students are expected to work in the field for which they are admitted. A change of fields after admission requires approval of the relevant admissions committee.

Program Name


Leading to the
degree of

M.A., Ph.D.

Admits only Ph.D. applicants.

Major Code



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