Department of History

Hadrian Applying to the Graduate Program

The enrollment cycle to the graduate program is open ended. It is recommended that all application materials are received at least a month before the beginning of the semester for which you are applying. Complete applications will be considered up to two weeks before the start of the semester.

Applying to a graduate program takes time, effort, and attention to detail. At UCCS, there is a two-tiered process, where the requirements for the Graduate School and for the Department of History must be met.The following checklist will help you navigate through the process effectively.

Step 1 -  All applications are completed online by visiting Application Materials and Submission at the Graduate School website.

  • Fill out online or download appropriate forms depending on your status
  • Submit a $60 non-refundable application fee ($100 for international applicants)
  • Submit official transcripts from each college or university previously attended, regardless of whether a degree was earned or required.  Transcripts can be submitted electronically or by mail to the following address:

University of Colorado Colorado Springs/Department of History/Attention: Ian Smith/1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway/Colorado Springs, CO 80918 

Step 2 - Make sure that you meet the Department of History application requirements, including a 3.0 GPA overall as well as in your history classes, along with submission of the following:

  • Submit your letter of intent indicating which semester you intend to apply
  • Submit your resume
  • Provide three (3) academic letters of recommendation
  • Provide a writing sample of 15-20 pages

Step 3 - Continue to acquaint yourself with the Department of History program as well as the offerings at UCCS and throughout the region.

Commonly asked questions:

1. What is a letter of intent? The letter of intent is a very important part of your application into the Department of History. Therefore, you need to spend time thinking about and crafting a clear and well-composed letter that indicates your overall interest and reasons for applying to the M.A. program in History. You should not simply write about your life experience or that you like studying history. In that regards, try to answer the following questions to the best of your ability:

  • Why are you applying for a M.A. in History at UCCS?
  • What are your fields of interest?
  • What topic/subject would you like to pursue?
  • Has any life experience impacted your interest in historical inquiry?

2. What kind of writing sample should be submitted? Ideally, the sample should be in the range of 10-20 pages and highlights your research, writing, and analytical skills. Shorter high-quality writing samples will be considered.

For futher information, please contact History Department Program Assistant, Ian Smith at

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College of Letters, Arts & Sciences | Department of History
Phone: (719) 255-4069 | Location: COLU 2048
Chair / Professor: Dr. Paul Harvey | Phone: (719) 255-4078 |
Program Assistant: Ian Smith | Phone: (719) 255-4069 |