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Graduate Application

Applying to the TAMU History Graduate Program

The Graduate Studies Admissions Committee in the Department of History considers applications once each year. Applicants must have all materials (application, GRE scores, transcripts, and reference letters) submitted by December 15. Accepted applicants should plan to enroll in the fall semester, but may delay their matriculation for up to one year from admission.

The department encourages applicants to visit the campus if possible to meet faculty members and graduate students and to discuss plans with a graduate advisor. To arrange a visit, or for any other questions, please call the History Department at 979-845-7385 or you may email Walter Kamphoefner, Director of Graduate Studies ( or David Hudson, Associate Director of Graduate Studies (

Instructions for Application

  • All application material will be submitted through  Instructions and application requirements are provided on this site.
  • To complete the application process you will be required to submit: transcripts from any other institution of higher education you have attended; contact information for references who will write letters of recommendation; GRE (required) and TOEFL (if applicable) scores; a Curriculum Vitae; and a writing sample.

Instructions for the Personal Statement Essay

  • One section of the application process at will ask you to write a Personal Statement Essay and direct you back to this website for additional instructions. Your personal statement should answer the following questions:  What are your research interests in the field of history and how did you develop those interests?  Why have you selected the History Graduate Program at TAMU as the best venue to pursue those interests?  You should identify one or more members of our faculty whose research interests closely reflect yours and who might act as your primary academic advisor.  You are encouraged to contact those faculty before you apply.

Instructions for the Writing Sample

  • “Your sample should reflect your best historical writing.  It can consist of an undergraduate honors thesis, senior seminar paper, undergraduate research paper, chapter of your MA thesis, or graduate seminar paper.  The writing sample should be no more than 25 pages.”

Application Deadline

Please submit all materials by December 15.


If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Walter Kamphoefner, Director of Graduate Studies (, or David Hudson, Associate Director of Graduate Studies (