Prospective Graduate Application Information

Graduate Application Procedures

Application materials from new students and from OSU graduate students in other departments must be postmarked by December 1st.  Admitted students enter the graduate program in the autumn semester.

To apply for admission to the graduate program in History, an applicant should go online and submit their application and the application fee.

NOTE: On the application form, in addition to listing History as the Graduate Program, applicants must select a field of study as a specialization.

Office of Admissions Requirements

Admissions Office: Your application to the Ohio State University Graduate Admissions Office must include:

  1. A completed, signed, and dated OSU Graduate School admission application, plus the application fee.
  2. Official transcripts for all previous academic undergraduate and graduate work. Do not send grade records or advising reports as those documents are not acceptable. You need not submit a transcript of your Ohio State course work as one will be provided for you. Transcripts must be sent from the original issuing institution for every university or college attended and credit was awarded. If you are currently enrolled at a postsecondary institution, submit current academic transcripts by the application deadline date and final transcripts reflecting all work as soon as these are available. (Please see more information from OSU Admissions [pdf])
  3. Official scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. The GRE history subject test is not required.

If you are unable to submit your GRE scores electronically, you may send them to:

The Ohio State University
Graduate Admissions
PO BOX 182004
Columbus, OH 43218-2004

Department of History Requirements

Graduate Studies Coordinator: Submit the following documents with your online application, or e-mail them to the Graduate Studies Coordinator in the Department of History, Ashley Bowerman at

  1. Personal Statement: Provide statement of your academic and professional goals. Include information concerning your interest in and motivations for graduate work and your career.  In your statement, .you may wish to include autobiographical or personal data that may be helpful to the Graduate Studies Committee in considering your application; however, be sure to address all of the following issues: (Typically 3 pages; maximum, 5 pages) 

    A) Your Career Trajectory:  How does your plan for graduate study build on your past experience and education? How will your graduate education in the History Ph.D. program at The Ohio State University uniquely prepare you for the tasks central to your future career (be sure to define it and its core components clearly)?

    B) Intellectual Trajectory: What are the sources of your intellectual interests in historical research? How do you intend to further your intellectual journey through graduate research at Ohio State? Why do you see your research as an important contribution to the historical field?

    C) Thematic constellations: In which of our departmental thematic constellations do you see yourself participating?  How do you see that participation enhancing your own training for research and teaching?

    D) Interdisciplinary and other impacts: Beyond the realm of the classroom, museum, or library and publishing, how do you see your graduate and later career enhancing or enriching fields and areas of activity other than history and/or contributing to technical innovations in the field that have broader impacts beyond history (e.g., digital humanities, computer-assisted analysis)?  

  2. A one-page curriculum vitae indicating your education, accomplishments and qualifications for graduate study in the major field of choice. Your cv should include your training in foreign languages and should specify your competence in each skill.

  3. At least three letters of recommendation from persons acquainted with your scholarly ability.

  4. A writing sample of your scholarly work, such as an M.A. or honors thesis (you may include one or two chapters if the thesis is lengthy), a research paper, or a historiographical essay.

If you have appended any of these items to your application you need not send them separately to the Department of History.

Do not send transcripts or GRE scores to the Department of History.

If you are unable to submit these materials electronically, please the Graduate Studies Coordinator Ashley Bowerman (, to make other arrangements.

Foreign Applicants

Foreign applicants must submit a sample of scholarly work written in English, which has been evaluated by a supervising professor. They must meet the Graduate School’s TOEFL requirement of 550 on the paper-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 79 on the iTOEFL. Those applicants requesting fellowship support also must submit GRE scores.