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Admission Requirements


The program prefers applicants with a BA in History, but requires that applicants have at least 12 credits of previous undergraduate coursework in History.

The program prioritizes admission and funding for applicants whose academic interests align with the research specializations of the department’s faculty.

Full-time applications for fall admission submitted by March 31 will automatically be considered for GTA funding.

ISU Graduate Catalog: History


To Apply

To apply to the program, applicants must submit materials through the ISU Graduate School Application System. Should you have any difficulty using this system, please contact the History Department. The required materials are:

  1. Names and contact details for three references to provide letters of recommendation, at least two of which should be from individuals familiar with their academic work. The application system will automatically contact these references to upload a letter of recommendation.
  2. A statement of interest regarding their historical studies and academic goals. Particular attention should be given to explaining how these interests and goals relate to the program.
  3. Unofficial transcripts for all undergraduate coursework. Please provide transcripts for all of the undergraduate institutions you have attended. If you are accepted into the program, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  4. GRE Scores. The department will waive the GRE for applicants with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. 


Special Admissions Programs

Full-Time Secondary School Teachers: Local, full-time High School History teachers who would like to pursue History credits or a degree part-time to increase their certification are eligible for expedited admissions to the program. For more information, please contact the History Department.

Five-Year BA/MA Program for BYU-Idaho History Majors: Undergraduate students at BYU-Idaho may apply to enter the MA program during their fourth year, completing both degrees within as little as five years. Interested students should contact the department directly and students must apply by March 30 in their junior year.