Admissions

Bachelor of Arts in History

Degree Info

In order to be admitted as a history major:

Department Policies

Transfer Policy

Students wishing to transfer credit toward a Bachelor of Arts in history must schedule a formal meeting with an advisor at the Wilson Advising Center.

Major Areas of Interest

  1. Latin America/United States
  2. The World

In consultation with an advisor, a history major selects an interest area from the two principal geographical areas.

Minor Areas of Interest

Asia, Europe, Latin America, United States, and Methodological or Topical.

In consultation with an advisor, a history major selects a minor concentration from the four principal geographical areas. With departmental approval, a student may devise a topical or methodologically defined minor.

Progression

The progress of individual students is monitored by the Wilson Advising Center.

Advisement

Incoming students must seek advising from the Wilson Advising Center on requirements in the major and on general education requirements. Every student majoring in history must keep regular appointments with his or her advisor in the Wilson Advising Center. Failure to seek academic advising may result in delays of anticipated date of graduation.

Still have questions about the History Department’s undergraduate program? Please feel free to contact the department.

Master's Admission Requirements and Application

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The Department of History offers a Master of Arts degree with concentrations in the following areas: United States, Europe, Modern Asia, Latin America (minor), and Public History (minor) or a comparative topical field (minor). The program is designed to broaden and deepen a student’s understanding of the history of human experience. The faculty train students in research methods and critical thinking through specialization in specific fields or periods of history.

Admission Requirements

All materials must be submitted electronically through the Graduate College Website. Please do not submit application materials directly to the History Department.

Students must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission to the M.A. program:

  1. An overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0.
  2. A grade point average of at least 3.3 in history courses.
  3. A minimum of 18 credits in history.
  4. Two Letters of Recommendation from former instructors addressing the applicant’s preparation and potential for graduate work in history. Letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically as part of the application on the Graduate College website.
  5. A 500 word Statement of Purpose that addresses the following issues:
    1. The reason the applicant wants to pursue graduate work in history.
    2. The specific geographical area of study and topic of inquiry that the applicant plans to study.
    3. The faculty member(s) with whom the applicant would like to study.
    4. The professional goals the M.A. degree would support.
    5. An applicant who does not have an undergraduate degree in History should address the specific reasons why s/he has chosen to pursue graduate work in History.
  6. A Writing Sample between 10 and 30 pages. It should demonstrate the applicant’s ability to do primary research, engage historiographical debates, provide critical analysis, and write clear, well-organized prose.
  7. In addition to the official transcripts required by the Graduate College, applicants must upload unofficial copies of all Transcripts as part of their application materials.

Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. Recommendations for admission are based on a number of factors, including strength of undergraduate GPA, letters of recommendation, writing sample, statement of purpose, and concordance of student areas of interest and areas of faculty expertise. The Graduate Committee in the History Department reviews all applications to the M.A. program and recommends students to the Graduate College for admission.

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

All other materials, including unofficial copies of transcripts, should be submitted electronically through the Graduate College website.

For additional questions about the History M.A. program, please contact the M.A. advisor, Dr. William Bauer.

Ph.D. Admission Requirements

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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 Future Students 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

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