Loyola University Chicago

Department of History

Graduate Admission

For 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.

You can also select "Apply Now" to go directly to The Graduate School's application portal to create an account:

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

Dr. Patricia Mooney-Melvin 
Graduate Program Director
pmooney@luc.edu

Dr. Theodore Karamanski
Public History Director
tkarama@luc.edu

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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 or by October 1 for spring admission

Applying for the MA Program

  1. Bachelor's 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. The GRE (General Test) is optional.
  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. Bachelor's degree (in History or American Studies); graduate coursework (often a Master's degree) at the B+ level. We will need official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  2. The GRE (General Test) is optional.
  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's 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.

Financial Support

The History Department offers a limited number of Graduate Assistantships to students enrolled in the doctoral program and in the M.A. in Public History program. Assistantships are not available for the traditional (non-Public) M.A. program in History. We only accept Ph.D. students who are funded through these GAships, and the number depends on Graduate School support from year to year.

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

All students are also encouraged to compete for sources of funding from outside the History Department. Please see other funding recommendations and learn more about Graduate Student Finance from The Graduate School

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 optional GREs, GPAs, statements of purpose, letters of recommendation, and especially writing samples.