Thank you for your interest Rice University's PhD in History. Please pay particular attention to the application instructions, answers to frequent inquiries, and program eligibility and application requirements below. Inquiries regarding the application process should be directed to Humanities Graduate Admissions at email@example.com.
Applications for Fall 2020 are now closed.
Candidates will be notified of admissions decisions in early February; communications will be sent to the email address provided by the candidate on the application form.
Candidates who hold a Bachelor's degree, or who will complete a Bachelor's degree by the start of the admission term, are eligible to apply. Applicants of all academic backgrounds are considered for the PhD program. There are no minimum requirements for GPA or GRE scores.
The following materials must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered for admission:
APPLICATION FORM & FEE
Applications for Fall 2021 will open in September 2020 with a deadline of 11:59pm EST, December 15, 2020. There is an $85 non-refundable application fee, payable online.
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
Due to circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the GRE requirement is waived for Fall 2021 applicants.
GRE (Graduate Record Exam) - School Code: 6609; any department code accepted. 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://graduate.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).
A sample of the applicant's academic writing, preferably one that uses primary sources. It should be no longer than 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.
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 an automated email requesting that they complete an online evaluation and upload the letter of recommendation. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.