Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Graduate Admission

General Admissions Information

For all fundamental information about applying to graduate study programs at Loyola University Chicago, please see the Future Students page of The Graduate School website. This includes links on the Application Process, Degree Programs, Funding your Education, and Tuition. It also directs you to the following important links. All applications processes are done electronically through these links:

For specific information about the History graduate programs, please contact:

>Dr. Michelle Nickerson
Graduate Programs Director
mnickerson@luc.edu

Dr. Elizabeth Fraterrigo
Public History Director
efrater@luc.edu

Myles Ostrowski
Graduate Programs Assistant
mostro2@luc.edu

Physical Address [All inquiries and applications should be sent electronically, via e-mail (above) or via the University's electronic application system.]

Department of History
Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Road
Chicago, Illinois 60660
Phone: 773.508.2182

Admission Deadlines:

Fall admission

  • PhD applications are only accepted for fall admission with a deadline date of January 1
  • MA Public History applicants interested in assistantships or fellowships must also apply by January 1
  • All traditional MA and other MA Public History applicants must apply by May 1 for fall admission

Applying for the MA Program

  1. A BA degree and a B average. Normally, students should have 18 hours of undergraduate coursework in history. You must send official transcripts of all undergraduate work as well as any graduate work.
  2. GRE scores: General Test.
  3. A one to two page statement of your objectives in applying for the MA
  4. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from referees familiar with work in the field of history.
  5. A sample of your historical writing, preferably a research paper written for a history course.
  6. A completed application form.

All of the above are submitted through the University's electronic application system.

Applying for the PhD Program

  1. BA degree; graduate coursework (often an MA) at the B+ level. We will need official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  2. GRE Scores: General Test.
  3. A one to two page statement of your objectives in applying for the PhD.
  4. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from referees familiar with your work in history.
  5. A Master's Essay, Master' Thesis, or a substantial research paper written for a history course.
  6. A completed application form.

All of the above are submitted through the University's electronic application system.

Support:

The History Department offers a limited number of Teaching Assistantships to students enrolled in the doctoral program. Except in rare cases, we only accept PhD students who are funded through these TAships, and the number depends on Graduate School support from year to year.

PhD students are encouraged to compete for Crown Fellowships for Humanities and Schmitt Fellowships for Dissertation Research.

Depending on the year, there are some Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships for MA students in the Public History program.

These are the only forms of departmental financial support offered. Assistantships are not available for the traditional (non-Public) MA program in History.

All students are also encouraged to compete for sources of funding from outside the History Department. Please see other funding recommendations from The Graduate School and the Graduate Financial Aid Handbook.

Admissions Selection process:

Our admissions procedure is a multi-level, "blind" process of assessment by a range of faculty members. Through the process, we assess the complete package submitted, including GREs, GPAs, statements of purpose, letters of recommendation, and especially writing samples.