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Admission Requirements

The minimum requirements for acceptance are as follows:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • 3.0 GPA for overall undergraduate coursework.
  • Application and Fee
  • Official copy of Transcript(s)
  • Completion of at least 18 undergraduate credit hours in history.
    • 3.0 GPA for all History courses.
  • Personal Statement
  • Sample research paper
  • The GRE IS required for admission into this program.
    • There are no exceptions to this requirement even for candidates with graduate degrees.
    • The advanced test IS NOT in History is not required.
    • Verbal Reasoning score of at least 500 (if taken before Aug. 2011) or 153 (if taken Aug. 2011 or later)
  • Conditional admission is considered on a case by case basis for those not meeting these requirements.
    • Students admitted under the alternative admission requirements are conditionally admitted and must achieve a B or better in the first graduate course completed. 

Application Process

1. Apply for admission

  • Visit the Distance Learning Admission Page for more information.
    • A Step By Step Guide for completing the application process: Application Tutorial
    • There is a $65 application fee.
  • Complete the WKU Domestic and International Graduate Application
    • Under Planned Course of Study Section, Choose:
      • Category of Study >>> Masters
      • Planned Course of Study >>> History (078)

2. Submit Required Materials:

  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT
    • Request at least one official transcript showing the completed degree from accredited institutions other than WKU. 
    • The transcript must be forwarded from the college or university registrar electronically or directly to the Graduate School. 
    • Send your official transcripts from each college attended to Graduate Admissions.
      • You may request electronic transcripts through the National Student Clearinghouse. This speeds up the admissions process considerably. If your school is not listed with the Clearinghouse, please contact them directly to see if they have another process in place for electronic submissions or request an official copy be sent by mail.
  • GRE SCORES
    • Submit an official GRE score report taken within the last 5 years.
  • PERSONAL STATEMENT
    • Submit a brief (approx. 750 words) written statement describing why you wish to pursue the program.
  • SAMPLE RESEARCH PAPER
    • Provide a sample research paper at least 5 pages in length.
  • For additional information on university admission requirements please visit the Graduate School Admission Page.

  Deadlines for Admission Applications & Transcripts

  • Fall Semester: April 15
  • Spring Semester: October 15

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