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FAQ

When are applications due?
All application materials must be submitted by January 10.

Can I apply directly to the Ph.D. program if I don't have an M.A.?
Yes. The M.A. degree is earned as part of a student's satisfactory progress toward the Ph.D. If your intention is to earn a Ph.D. in History, then you should apply to the Ph.D. program.  Please note that we do not offer a terminal M.A. degree outside of the 4+1 program.

Do I need to have a B.A. or M.A. degree in History?
No. Students with a variety of backgrounds can excel in our program. An applicant's statement of purpose and writing sample, however, should demonstrate the qualities of critical thinking and argumentation that are at the heart of historical analysis. 

Do I need to take the GRE?
Yes. All applicants to the doctoral program are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test.

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?
Non-native English speakers must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) unless they have previously received (or plan to receive) an undergraduate or graduate degree from an English-speaking university.

Can I apply to be a part-time Ph.D. student
No. All students are admitted on fellowship and are required to be full-time students. If you have special circumstances that require you to attend part-time, please contact the DGS.

Do you allow Spring admissions?
No. The structure of our program, as well as the importance of cohort formation, requires that all admitted students start in the Fall.

How many students are admitted each year?
Our program is highly selective. We admit between 4 and 8 students annually.

What kind of financial support does the History program offer?
All Ph.D. students accepted in the program are fully funded for five years (during the first three years students are expected to complete coursework and all requirements for achieving ABD status).  Funding typically comes in the form of a university stipend that is paid over a twelve-month period.  Funding also includes a tuition waiver from the School of Liberal Arts, but please note that this waiver does not cover student fees.  Please refer to the Graduate School’s website for current information on fees. During the 2018-2019 academic year, graduate student stipends totaled $22,500.  Students are reviewed annually and must remain in good standing to continue on stipend. 

What kind of service does the program require?
Graduate students are expected to provide four semesters of service before reaching ABD status.  This is normally completed through two semesters of service as a Teaching or Research Assistant and two semesters of serving as a Departmental Instructor. However, this will vary according to Departmental need, and although we make every effort to offer students the opportunity to teach their own courses as advanced graduate students, we can not always accommodate such positions.  Students do not have any service obligations during their first semester in the program.

Is there summer support?
In addition to the regular stipend, which is provided on a 12-month basis, the Department of History offers competitive summer research grants. Summer funding is also available from other University sources.

Does Tulane University offer health insurance for graduate students?
All graduate students are required to carry health insurance, either through the Tulane plan or privately. The current cost of the Tulane plan is $2700 per year, of which Tulane pays 50% or $1350 ($675 per semester).

Is there a graduate student organization?
Yes. The History Graduate Student Association (HGSA) is an active part of student life and involves students across all fields of study. The HGSA also has representation on the Department's Graduate Studies Committee and the Tulane Graduate Studies Student Association.