Applying to the Program
Thank you for your interest in the graduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC–CH). On this page and on the links provided here, you’ll find a full description of how to apply to the graduate program in History at UNC‑Chapel Hill. If you still have unanswered questions after using these resources, contact either the Graduate Coordinator, Diana deProphetis, or Sarah Shields, the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS).
Our expectation is that all our students, even those who enter with a bachelor’s degree, are working towards doctoral degrees. We do not admit students for a terminal MA. If you seek to obtain an MA degree only, be sure to consider the excellent MA programs offered at UNC–Charlotte, UNC–Greensboro, NCSU, and elsewhere. You might also consider the excellent MA programs offered by the Center for European Studies and Global Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.When applying, you MUST apply to the PhD program, even if you will not have your MA upon arrival.Students with the MA from another institution are fully considered for admission into the doctoral program. For information about the program followed by students admitted with MA degrees, see here. We only admit students for the Fall.
Students who arrive at UNC with a B.A. degree become M.A. students. Upon completing all the requirements for the M.A. (usually 3 semesters), they become Ph.D. students. After they have completed their coursework, passed comprehensive examinations, and defended their dissertation prospectus, students become Ph.D. candidates.
While the vast majority of applicants accepted into the program majored in history as undergraduates, a history undergraduate major is not a prerequisite for admission into our program. Many successful applicants have previously received degrees in area studies or in complementary disciplines. Careful attention is given to what history courses applicants have taken and how well they have done in them.