Department of History offers the Masters of Arts degree with an opportunity for concentration
in three fields of history:
All applicants must
first satisfy the general application requirements of the Graduate School.
Please see the information for prospective graduate students on the web page of
the Graduate School, www.jmu.edu/grad.
Department of History requires applicants have a minimum overall undergraduate
GPA of 3.0 from an accredited institution and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record
Examination General test (GRE).
committee may require students who have majored in other fields to take
prerequisite undergraduate courses in history.
information and instructions and to begin the application process, go to
The Department of History requires all prospective applicants
transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
a brief statement of purpose, 500 words in length,
that identifies the applicant's academic or professional background,
intended field of concentration, and long-range career aspirations.
three letters of
recommendation, at least two of which are from individuals familiar with the
applicant's academic work and potential for graduate study.
a formal writing sample of approximately 10 to 20
pages that demonstrates the applicant's analytical abilities and writing
skills. Applicants who have been out of school for some time should
contact the Graduate Program Director for advice on identifying appropriate
recommenders and on selecting a suitable writing sample.
Applicants may submit additional materials that demonstrate their preparation and potential for graduate study.
Complete applications must be received by February 1. Incomplete
applications will not be considered; applicants are responsible for assuring
that all materials have been received. The Graduate
Committee begins its review of all complete applications after February 1.
Applications received after February 1 will be reviewed in accordance with
openings available in the program. Students normally matriculate in the fall
information, please contact:
Dr. P. David Dillard
Graduate Program Director
James Madison University
Bluestone Dr MSC 2001
Harrisonburg, VA 22807