Application Process

Application Process

Completed applications for Fall 2018 admission are due January 8, 2018.

Applications for the doctoral program in History will open September 1, 2017, at https://histgradapps.rice.edu/.
 
When applying, please do not mail hard copy documents. Applicants should upload unofficial transcripts and supporting documents to the online application system. After the application form is fully submitted, recommenders will be sent automated emails requesting that they complete an online evaluation and upload the letter of recommendation.
 
Note: Applications are accepted annually for fall matriculation only.
 
Application Requirements
The following materials must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered for admission:
 
APPLICATION FORM & FEE
Apply online at https://histgradapps.rice.edu. There is an $85 non-refundable application fee, payable online.
 
UNOFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS
Unofficial transcripts from previous colleges and universities. The department will review unofficial transcripts during the admissions process; official transcripts will be required after acceptance into the graduate program.
 
OFFICIAL TEST SCORES
GRE (Graduate Record Exam) - School Code: 6609 and Department Code: 2799 (note: department codes 2701, 2702, 2703, and 2704 will also be routed to the History department). Scores from the general test only should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS); scores must not be more than five years old. GRE scores are required regardless of educational background or previous degrees attained.
 
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY (International applicants only)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores should be directly from ETS to Rice (School Code: 6609). Please see the following webpage for additional information regarding IELTS and waiver options: https://gps.rice.edu/qualifications.
 
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
A statement describing the applicant’s educational objectives, professional goals, historical interests and intended area of study. Additionally, the statement should discuss any scholarly research, writing, or similar research currently being pursued. Statements should be no longer than three pages (double-spaced). 
 
WRITING SAMPLE
A sample of the applicant's academic writing, preferably one that uses primary sources. It should be no longer that 25 pages in length. If it is part of a longer essay, the applicant can submit the longer piece and specify which 25 pages should be read. 
 
RECOMMENDATION LETTERS
Three letters of recommendation by individuals best qualified to testify to the applicant’s capacity for graduate work in history. Academic references representing the applicant’s major field are preferred. If this is not possible, individuals who can comment on qualities relevant to the applicant’s academic goals and research will be accepted. Recommenders named in the application form will be sent automated emails requesting that they complete an online evaluation and upload the letter of recommendation only after the application form is fully submitted. We advise applicants to make sure recommenders know to expect this email and to give them sufficient time to complete this task, ahead of the application deadline.
 
Inquiries regarding the application process should be directed to Humanities Graduate Admissions: humagradadmissions@rice.edu.