Doctorate of Philosophy

Admission Requirements

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 3.0, and at least 12 advanced credit hours in history courses. Applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination scores.  Applicants from countries where the predominant language is not English are required to supply scores on the TOEFL English language proficiency test administered by the Educational Testing Service.  The minimum TOEFL score for admission is 80 on the Internet-based test.  The Test of Spoken English or equivalent is required for teaching assistants.  International English Language Testing System scores also are accepted. 

Students must submit a statement of purpose, an example of their written work, and official transcripts.

Three letters of recommendation are also required. In addition, applicants should possess a foundation in a language for research, normally Spanish, sufficient to pass an examination in translation to English in September of the first year of study.

December 1 is the deadline for admission to the Ph.D. program.  You may apply online at http://smu.edu/graduate/Admission/ApplyNow.asp


Updated 8-14-14