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PLEASE NOTE: The information below is only a synopsis of what is required. For detailed requirements please see the graduate catalog at the link below: 

Admission Requirements & Procedures**

Prospective graduate students must have:
• a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (see below)
• an overall undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 (see below)
• 18 credits in history coursework with a grade point average of 3.0 (see below)

Students who meet the entrance requirements must complete an application package which consists of:
• a School of Graduate Studies application, which may be submitted online:             
• official transcripts from all previous institutions
• an application fee
• an admission essay (see below)
• two letters of recommendation (see below)

Complete application packages must be submitted by April 1 for fall semester enrollment and by October 1 for spring semester enrollment. Candidates will be notified of the department's interest within one month after the respective deadlines.

The Admission Essay must be 500 words, typed, using a font no larger than 12-point, double-spaced, and signed. This Essay must address why you would like to enter a Master of Arts program and why you are a good candidate for Southern's history program. The Letters of Recommendation must indicate the candidate's potential as a graduate history major. At least one of these letters should come from a history professor. Letters from friends and/or family members are not acceptable. ALL admission materials—application, fee, transcripts, essay, and letters— are to be submitted via the on-line application process.

After receiving notification from the Graduate School that your file is complete and notification from the department of its interest in your file, the Coordinator will set up an initial interview and subsequent appointments for advisement.

Coursework should be chosen also according to professional goals and in preparation for thesis work or comprehensive exams. Students may (with the approval of the Graduate Coordinator) elect up to only two graduate courses in cognate fields. Graduate student are also allowed to take only two undergraduate history courses (300-level or higher) toward their degree with the approval of the chair of the department and the instructor of the course.

** Prospective graduate students who do not meet the entrance requirements must consult with the History Graduate Coordinator before taking courses as a non-matriculated student, i.e., as a student not enrolled in a specific degree program. Candidates whose grade point average is substantially below the required 3.0 ought to consult Internet sites addressing "raise my gpa." Non-matriculated students, however, may earn no more than nine credits toward a degree program all of which must be in the field of history. Any further coursework necessary to raise the grade point average or address other deficits will not count towards the graduate degree.

(See "Application and Admission" section in the Graduate Catalog for more information.)
Rev. 9/17