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MA Application Process

Where do I get application information and program materials?

Please begin by requesting materials from the Graduate School web site. Apply online. Here is a good Frequently Asked Questions page that may answer some of your questions.

What do I need to complete my application?

  1. Transcripts. All transcripts are required. From the Graduate School FAQ page: "Unofficial transcripts are copies issued to a student to document their career at an institution. These may be uploaded to your application as part of the application process. However, if you are admitted to a graduate degree program at UNCG, you must request that official transcripts be sent to The Graduate School within the first semester of your admission. 30 days of matriculation. NOTE: Advising transcripts downloaded via the internet are not accepted for the application process." Also, UNCG graduates are not required to submit transcripts from UNCG.

  2. Letters of Recommendation. At least three letters should be submitted via the online application process. To the extent possible, applicants should submit academic recommendations. It is strongly suggested that letters of recommendation address the applicant's potential for graduate work as well as his or her analytical and writing abilities.

  3. Personal Statement. The personal statement should include the highlights of your educational background; your area(s) of scholarly interest; your career aspirations; and anything else you deem relevant about yourself. Finally, give your reasons for choosing the M.A.program. The suggested length is 500-700 words.

  4. Writing Sample. The writing sample should be selected so as to demonstrate the applicant's skill at historical research and analysis. Recommended length: 15 pages. Seminar papers and portions of a thesis (e.g., introduction, one chapter, and conclusion) are suitable writing samples.

  5. Short Resume.

  6. Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Financial Aid. The link is on the Financial Aid web site. Filling out this form potentially makes students and applicants eligible for University scholarships. Other helpful links, including Payment and Cost Information, also are found on this page.

Where do I send my application materials?

All required materials should be submitted to the Graduate School via the online application. When your file is complete, the History Department's Graduate Committee will evaluate all applications and make recommendations to the Graduate School. To be admitted to the MA program, you must receive an official letter from the Graduate School.

When is the deadline for my application?

The deadline for all applications for Fall is February 1. Your complete application package, including all components listed above, must be submitted to the Graduate School by February 1.

We do not accept applications for the spring semester or summer session.

After you have submitted your application, you can monitor whether your application is complete via your Graduate School application account.

When will I hear about admission decisions?

The process of selecting incoming students often takes another four weeks after the application deadline. Once your application is complete, it must then be reviewed by our Graduate Committee faculty members and decisions are made to accept, turn down, or place applicants on a wait list.

In general, the History Graduate Committee makes the first round of recommendations to the Graduate School concerning M.A. applications in mid-late March. Most students who apply for the MA degree by the February 1 deadline will hear from us about their status by the end of March or the first week of April. Applicants on the wait list will be informed and decisions will be made as we receive responses from the first round.

How can I arrange a tour of the campus?

The Graduate School offers informational tours for prospective graduate students. Call 336-334-5596 for more information.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions offers information about campus tours, travel instructions, and parking information for all visitors on its web site.

We look forward to your visit.

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