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FAQ: Graduate Program

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 received 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.

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. That said, it is vital that an applicant's statement of purpose and writing sample demonstrate the qualities of critical thinking and argumentation that are at the heart of the 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 undergraduate or graduate degree from an English-speaking university.

Can I apply to be a part-time Ph.D. student?
No. Students on fellowship must be full-time students.

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 funded through a university stipend or outside funding sources. The School of Liberal Arts offers tuition waivers, in addition to a stipend, for the 2015-2016 academic year is $22,496. The stipend is paid over a twelve month period. Assuming satisfactory progress, Ph.D. students receive 5 years of stipend support.

What kind of service does the program require?
Students provide four semesters of service over the life of their stipend. This is normally completed through two semesters of service as a Teaching Assistant and two semesters as an instructor.

Is there summer support?
In addition to their 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.