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Application Timeline Summary

  • Early Fall of Year Prior to Admission:  Inquire and have questions answered about the History graduate program.  Take GRE standard exams.

  • Mid-Fall of Year Prior to Admission:  Begin compiling application materials. International Students: take TOEFL exam.

  • January 1: Deadline for receipt of complete application and all supporting materials.

  • March 15:  Around this time, the History Department sends letters of acceptance or denial to applicants.

Detailed Timeline for Applying to the History Master's Program

Early Fall of Year Prior to Admission

Obtain Information on History Program from History Website:

Email Questions to the History Office:


George Kallander, Graduate Director:

Mid-Fall of Year Prior to Admission

Contact the Registrar’s Office of each higher educational institution that you attended and have one copy of your official Transcripts sent to Syracuse University.

Contact three (3) recommenders for confidential Letters of Recommendation which, along with the completed Recommendation Form from the application packet, should be sent to the Graduate Enrollment Management Center in sealed envelopes on which the recommender has signed across the seal. Recommendation letters can also be submitted through the online application. Complete your portion of the online Recommendation Forms and submit email addresses of your recommenders.  The online application system will send the forms to your recommenders.

Prepare a Personal Statement for the application packet. The M.A. applicant should address his/her background, history interests, and reasons for applying to Syracuse. The Ph.D. applicant should address the fields of history to be studied, faculty members at Syracuse with whom he/she would like to work, and the applicant’s command of foreign languages appropriate to the fields in which he or she is interested.

International Students should take the TOEFL Exam:

Late Fall of Year Prior to Admission

Complete online application:

 The following materials must be submitted to the Graduate Enrollment Management Center (GEMC):

  • Official Transcripts
  • GRE Scores (Temporarily being waived for Fall 2022 Admission)
  • Letters of Recommendation with Recommendation Forms (3)
  • Non-Refundable Application Fee ($75)
  • A Personal Statement (see above for criteria)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Writing Sample (20-30 pages in length)

Mailing Address:
Graduate Enrollment Management Center (GEMC)
Syracuse University
P.O. Box 35060
Syracuse, NY 13235-5060

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Enrollment Management Processing Center
Syracuse University
Graduate Admissions Processing
116 East Washington Street
Suite 200
Syracuse, New York 13210-1572
Telephone: 315-443-4492

History Department
145 Eggers Hall