How to Apply



For Fall semester enrollment and financial aid: Preference will be given to applicants whose materials are received by February 1. We will accept applications after February 1 on a rolling deadline based on program availability.
For Spring semester enrollment and financial aid: All applications materials must be received by November 1.

Please note that all application materials must be received before any action can be taken on an applicant's request for admission or financial aid. 

If you are having trouble with the system, please contact the Department's Administrative Assistant Kelly Kovalsky


  • All applicants, please use this online application (
  • A 3.0 GPA in overall undergraduate studies.
  • Official transcripts recording all baccalaureate work, along with degree, from an accredited undergraduate college or university. If you are currently taking classes, please submit your transcript once grades are posted.
  • Official GRE scores, including verbal, quantitative, and writing sections. Preferred GRE scores are those above the 50th percentile in the verbal portion and a minimum writing score of 3.5 (Duquesne University Code: 2196; Department Code: 2799) GRE scores arrive at the Department of History approximately two weeks after the exam. Please keep this timeframe in mind when applying.
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the applicant's academic studies or professional work. (NOTE: The Department does not contact recommenders. Letters should be submitted through the University's online system).
  • A brief (2-3 page) personal statement explaining your educational and/or professional experience thus far, your academic interests, the reason why you are pursuing graduate studies at Duquesne, and your career goals.  Public History applicants should mention any professional experience in the field, and History applicants should identify their geographical area of interest (American, European, or Global history). Please also indicate whether you are interested in departmental graduate assistantships, full or part-time study, and list any foreign language experience.
  • A resume or curriculum vitae.
  • An academic writing sample, not to exceed 25 pages (double-spaced).
  • An official score report indicating satisfactory performance on TOEFL examination (applicable to international students only).