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 however only applications received by February 1 can be considered for funding. 
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.  Note: If your undergraduate and/or graduate degrees are from an institution located outside of the United States, you must use a transcript credential evaluation service to obtain a course-by-course report. The official reports must be sent directly to Duquesne University from the organization you order through and will qualify as official transcripts. Please review our Transcript Credential Evaluation Directions.
  • 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).