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The Department of History offers two graduate programs: the Certificate in Public History and the Masters of Arts (M.A.) degree.
Applications for both are made online; instructions and links can be found on the Graduate School admissions page. Questions about the status of your application can be addressed to the Office of Admissions, 408 W. Franklin Street, 3rd Floor, Richmond, VA 23284-2526; the phone is (804) 828-6916, and the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application deadlines for receipt of all materials:
It is recommended that candidates apply early to ensure consideration for graduate teaching assistantships and for receipt of any applicable financial aid.
Applications for the Certificate in Public History consist of:
Note: Students in the certificate program may apply for admission into the Master of Arts in History program after having completed nine credit hours, with no more than three internship credits counting toward that total, in the graduate program. These applicants must provide letters of recommendation from at least two professors in the VCU History department, a writing sample, and have successfully completed the GRE exam. If accepted, students may transfer the certificate credits toward partial fulfillment of the master’s degree requirements.
Applications for the Master of Arts in History consist of:
It is strongly encouraged that references use the online application to submit letters of recommendation; however, references may also email their letters to email@example.com, with the applicant's full name and the program to which they are applying in the subject line of the email.
Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a history major or substantial credits in subject areas containing historical content (such as literature, political theory, art history, etc.). Alternatively, applicants can substitute work experience, such as archival, museum, or preservation work, for the undergraduate major. Applicants' transcripts should show a grade point average indicative of the ability to pursue successfully a graduate degree.
If a personal interview is desirable, applicants should contact the department's Director of Graduate Studies, Emilie Raymond (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you for your interest in our programs.