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TIMELINE FOR APPLYING TO THE GRADUATE PROGRAM

Early Fall of Year Prior to Admission

Obtain Information on History Program from History Website: http://www.maxwell.syr.edu/hist/

Email Questions to the History Office: history@maxwell.syr.edu

or

Susan Branson, Graduate Director: branson@syr.edu

Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) standard test – the institution code for Syracuse University is 2823: http://www.gre.org

(Exam scores are not generally available until 4-6 weeks after the exam is administered. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that exam scores reach Syracuse University by all applicable deadlines.)

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: http://www.ets.org/toefl

Late Fall of Year Prior to Admission

Complete online application:  https://www.applyweb.com/cgi-bin/app?s=syr

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

  • Official Transcripts
  • 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

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

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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
USA

    OVERVIEW OF DEADLINE DATES 

    • 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.