William P. Clements Department of History



If you are interested in applying for a bachelor's degree in the history department, please visit SMU admissions for more information.

Graduate Studies


In order to pursue a Master of Arts in History or Doctorate of Philosophy at SMU, you must apply through the SMU graduate department. To find out more information about applying and to apply, please visit http://smu.edu/graduate/apply.asp.

Admission Requirements

Masters Program

Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, have a minimum of twelve semester-hours of advanced level undergraduate work in history, and make acceptable scores on the aptitude section of the Graduate Record Examination.
Foreign students must meet University standards on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Candidates must apply for specific admission to one of the fields of concentration offered. Students may begin the program in the fall semester only.
The History Department normally requires a minimum 3.0 grade point average overall and a 3.0 average in history for admittance to the M.A. program. Provisional admission is possible in exceptional cases

Doctorate Program

All applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (students from abroad must hold the equivalent degree), a minimum grade point average of 3.00, and must have completed at least 12 advanced hours in history.
Applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination scores. If English is not the applicant’s native language, he or she also must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language and score 550 or higher. Students must submit, as well, a statement of purpose, an example of their written work, and official transcripts. Three letters of recommendation also are required.
In addition, applicants should possess a foundation in Spanish sufficient to enable them to pass a language proficiency examination in September of the first year of study. Students must submit their applications and all supporting documents by February 1.