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Doctor of Philosophy in History

The degree of Doctor of Philosophy is the ultimate expression of the History Department’s mission to generate and disseminate new knowledge of the past through research, reflection, and publication. The doctoral program in history at UNLV has two tracks: U.S. history and European history. The degree aims at providing graduates with the capacity for original research and thought as demonstrated by the completion of a doctoral dissertation of substantial scope combining imagination and excellence.

Admission Requirements

  1. B.A. or equivalent from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0, with at least a 3.3 in history courses or an M.A. or equivalent from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.5. Applicants must have completed significant course work at the upper division or graduate level in either American history (and preferably the American West) or the (cultural/ intellectual) history of the United States or Europe.
  2. Competitive scores on verbal, quantitative, and analytical measures of the Graduate Record Examination.
  3. Recommendations from three former instructors addressing the applicant’s preparedness for doctoral level work in U.S. history and European history.
  4. A statement of purpose in which the applicant describes specific interests in and approaches to U.S. history and European history. The statement should also include a description of the applicant’s background and training for advanced work in this field as well as academic and professional goals.
  5. A writing sample in the form of a master’s thesis or original research paper of substantial length and quality. If possible, the writing sample should engage either U.S. history or European history.
  6. Provide an unofficial copy of all transcripts to the department.

The application form must be submitted via the Graduate College web page.

All other supporting materials, with the exception of official transcripts, may also be submitted by this method.

Transcripts and Other Materials

Official transcripts for all credited course work must be mailed to the graduate college:

University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Graduate College
FDH 352
Box 451017
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154-1017

If the student prefers, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and writing sample can be sent to the History Department and can be addressed to:

Graduate Admissions
Department of History
University of Nevada Las Vegas
4505 Maryland Parkway, Box 455020
Las Vegas, NV 89154-5020

Materials can also be submitted in person to the History Department, Wright Hall, B329.

Still have questions about the History Department’s Ph.D. program? Please feel free to contact the Ph.D. graduate coordinator, Dr. Elizabeth Nelson.