As of Fall 2017-18, the graduate degree program in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology became part of the Department of History. We now offer separate graduate degrees in History and in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology (HSMT). If you wish to focus your studies in the history of science, medicine, and technology, you have two options:
- Apply to our degree program in HSMT, with the intention of earning an MA/PhD in HSMT, or
- Apply to our degree program in History, with the intention of earning an MA/PhD in History, and select HSMT as your primary field of study below.
The application to apply for entry in Fall 2018 will open on September 6, 2017. Application Deadline: December 1, 2017
How to Apply
To apply for admission to our graduate program, you will need to complete the Graduate School’s online application. This application includes the History Department’s Supplemental Application, which will provide us with more detailed information about your research interests. Below you will find guidance for filling out the application and a description of the materials you will be asked to submit. Once you have read carefully the following information, go to the Graduate School’s Apply Now page.
In the online application, you will be asked to submit or declare the following:
Degree Option. – The Department of History offers separate graduate degrees in History and in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. Your first, important step will be to choose the graduate degree program to which you wish to apply.
- You will need to select one of four possibilities from the list of UW degree options:
- History, MA
- History, PhD
- History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, MA
- History of Science, Medicine, and Technology, PhD
- If you intend to pursue the PhD, you should select either the History or HSMT PhD option. (If you enter without an MA, you will receive an MA in the course of your studies before advancing to the doctoral program.) We offer multi-year financial support packages only to students who will pursue the PhD, so, although we occasionally accept students who wish to earn only the MA, they must have external funding or be self-funded.
History Supplemental Application
- History Graduate Degree Program – Primary Field of Study. Section 1 applies to the History graduate degree program only. If you are applying to the HSMT graduate degree program, go directly to Section 2.
- Admission to a primary field of study commits you to work toward your degree in that area, so you should select your primary field with care.
- If you would like to pursue training balanced equally between two fields of study, you may enter “Individual Plan” followed by the two fields in which you would like to work (e.g., Individual Plan: European – modern/East Asian).
- Additional Information About Your Research Interests. Section 2 asks for details about your research interests. If you are interested in concentrating your studies in gender and women’s history, you may indicate so here. You will also be able to tell us about any regional, geographic, or thematic interests you may have, including any interest in our Bridge Program with Afro-American Studies or a Joint PhD with another degree program at UW-Madison.
- Preferred Faculty Advisors. Section 3 asks you to provide the names of the faculty members with whom you would like to work. We encourage you to explore the research specializations of individual faculty members.
- Section 4 asks for further information about Your Background and Experience:
- Language Preparation. Tell us about your language preparation, if any.
- We have no formal requirements that students must meet in order to qualify for admission to our graduate programs. However, applicants should bear in mind the requirements that they will need to meet during their graduate studies. In some fields, e.g., medieval European history and East Asian history, prior language preparation is expected. We encourage you to discuss expectations with the faculty members with whom you would like to work.
- Writing Sample (PDF format only). Provide a sample that best illustrates the quality of your written work (optimally no more than 50 pages, double-spaced; max. file size 6 MB).
Transcripts – Upload an unofficial copy of your transcript from all institutions attended, showing any undergraduate and graduate degrees awarded. If accepted, you will be required to send two official transcripts from each institution.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores – GRE test scores are required for admission to our program, and the test must have been taken within the last 5 years. Students requesting a waiver (e.g., international applicants) should contact the Director of Graduate Studies.
English-language competence. – TOEFL scores are required of international students from countries in which English is not a primary language. Minimum score requirements are set by the Graduate School.
CV or Resumé – This should highlight your accomplishments and qualifications including academic honors or distinctions; professional, research, and/or teaching experience; and any publications.
Letters of recommendation – Provide contact information for the three individuals who will furnish recommendations on your behalf. (They will receive an upload link by email.)
Statement of purpose (PDF format only) – The Statement of Purpose (2-3 pages, double-spaced) explains your reasons for graduate study. It may be the hardest part of the application to write, but it is also the most important. While you will likely include some autobiographical information, its primary purpose is to acquaint us with how your mind works. We want to know, for example, what kinds of intellectual problems and issues interest you, whose stories intrigue you, what sorts of analytical or narrative approaches you like to pursue, which historical writings you admire—and your reasons for these various preferences. Please help us understand your decision to enter the historical profession and how you see your own role in it. There is no single right way to approach this part of the application, but we suggest that you bear in mind the usual cautions for personal writing: speak straightforwardly, in your own voice, and write as well as you know how.
Tracking the Status of Your Application
Once you have submitted the Graduate School’s online application, you will receive an email from the Office of Graduate Admissions that contains important information about how to track the status of your application.
Follow the instructions in this email so that you can regularly check for messages from our department and UW-Madison’s Graduate School, which will alert you if any materials are needed to complete your application.
If you have questions about the admissions process, please read through the Frequently Asked Questions below. You are welcome to contact our Graduate Admissions Coordinator with any unanswered questions about the process or about your application materials.