Department of History

Washburn Hall, 80 Upper College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

– 401.874.2528 (p); 401.874.2595 (f)

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Master of Arts in History


Prospective students must fill out applications online at Graduate Admissions.

The following materials must be submitted online:

  • application form
  • personal statement
  • recent GRE scores for verbal
  • quantitative and analytical writing tests
  • at least two letters of recommendation from former teachers
  • a non-refundable application fee submitted as a credit card payment or an electronic check

Please send transcripts of previous college or university work (required) and any other materials directly to:

Director of Graduate Studies
Department of History
113 Washburn Hall
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI 02881

We do not require a writing sample, however, you may send one if you wish.


Spring admission: November 15

Fall admission—with consideration of financial aid: February 1

Fall admission—without financial aid: July 15

Students who wish to apply to the joint program in History/Library and Information Studies or History/Archaeological Oceanography must declare their intention to do so in the initial application process and duplicate all materials for both applications.

Prospective students should have completed 24 undergraduate credits of history; however, we do consider applicants with degrees in other relevant fields–Those without an adequate background in history-related courses may be asked to take additional credits or to audit courses.

Financial Aid

  • A limited amount of financial aid is available to graduate students and is awarded on the basis of both need and merit.
  • Teaching assistantships provide tuition reimbursement and a nine-month stipend; the salary for 2009-2010 academic year is $13,894.
  • University tuition scholarships provide one year of tuition and are not renewable.
  • All applications submitted by the Feb. 1st deadline are considered for financial aid, and awards will be announced in April.
  • Because only a small number of these large grants are available, students also should apply for student loans if they are in need of aid.

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