Department of History

How to Apply

Please note that you must apply electronically to the department via our online application.

Deadline: December 1 (domestic), November 1 (international)

Please note we cannot process your application until all forms, statements, documents and test scores mentioned below are received (see addresses below). All application materials must be received by December 1 (domestic), November 1 (international) or your file will be postponed until the following deadline. We will not make any exceptions to this rule.

Note: December 1 (domestic), November 1 (international) is the final application deadline for all application materials in the Department of History. Although the deadline stipulated by the College of Arts and Sciences is January 15 (domestic), December 2 (international), the Department of History sets December 1 (domestic), November 1 (international) as its application deadline.

Your application file should consist of the following:

  • Application form (must be filled out online)
  • Application fee ($55 domestic, $65 international), must be paid via credit card in on-line application
  • Personal Statement/Statement of Intent—a focused statement of 1,000 words or fewer on professional interests and goals. Your personal statement/statement of intent should be uploaded and submitted with your online application.  (NOTE: two personal statements are needed if you wish to apply for admission to both the PhD track and a terminal MA program. The 1,000 word statement should focus on your interests in the PhD track and the second statement should be no more than 300 words identifying interest in one of the terminal MA tracks offered by the Department of History (see Terminal MA Tracks), and provides a rationale for the terminal MA application.
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation are required. They should be written by professors of history or in related disciplines and they should address your potential as a scholar as well as past performances.  Whether submitted online or sent by mail, each letter of recommendation must be sent directly from the recommender.
  • Writing Sample—e.g. term paper, thesis, published articles, or any other piece of written work that indicates applicant’s ability to communicate well in non-fiction prose. Your writing sample should be no more than 30 pages in length; we very strongly suggest the writing sample be in the English language. If the paper you are going to submit is more than 30 pages, select and submit only the 30 pages that best highlight your abilities. Your writing sample should be uploaded and submitted with your online application.
  • Official Transcripts - We must receive one official transcript from EACH college or university attended (Undergraduate and Graduate levels), whether or not a degree was earned. Note: We cannot accept transcripts from applicants. Please contact the Registrar of your university and request a copy, preferably in electronic format, sent to the Department of History office, either at or the address below. (NOTE: for domestic applicants with transcripts issued from institutions outside the United States: these international transcripts (but not the domestic transcripts) need to be forwarded to: Office of International Admissions, Poplars 221, 400 E. Seventh Street, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA)
  • Original GRE test scores—no more than 5 years old. For electronic scores, the codes are “1324” for Indiana University and “2799” for the Department of History.
  • TOEFL score - If your native language is not English, you must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The test service (ETS) should report the TOEFL score directly to Indiana University Bloomington. The Indiana University TOEFL code is "1324". (NOTE: The College of Arts and Sciences sets the minimum TOEFL scores as follows: 79 (internet-based); 213 (computer-based); or 550 (paper-based)).

PLEASE NOTE: Some fields require entering students to possess substantial language preparation; potential applicants are advised to consult with faculty members in their fields of interest.

For domestic applicants all application materials sent by mail should be directed to the History Department at:

Graduate Admissions Coordinator
History Department
Ballantine Hall 742
Indiana University
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN. 47405-7103

For international applicants all application materials sent by mail should be directed to the Office of International Admissions at:

International Admissions
Poplars 221
400 E. Seventh Street
Bloomington, IN 47405

For details about the international application process please visit the Office of International Services at:

All items must be received by December 1 (domestic), November 1 (international).

For further information contact the Admissions Coordinator at .