Department of History

West Chester University

506 Main Hall
Phone: 610-436-3220
Fax: 610-436-3069


Graduate Admissions Requirements

The Department of History requires a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) in history and a 2.75 overall GPA for admission to its graduate program. While it is not an absolute requirement, in general candidates should have at least taken the survey-level sequences in U. S. and World/Western Civilization (candidates may be admitted provisionally without these courses and may be asked to complete the sequences prior to full-degree candidacy). The application package should contain a statement of professional goals, a writing sample of no less than two pages on a historical topic, and three letters of recommendation, preferably academic. In both programs, admission to full-degree candidacy requires a GPA of 3.0. Students interested in graduate studies in history may also take two graduate courses before formal admittance to either graduate program.

Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may be admitted on a provisional basis. Students so admitted may then apply for full-degree candidacy upon completion of 12-18 semester hours of applicable course work with at least a 3.0 GPA. In both programs students must pass written comprehensive examinations at or near completion of their course work.

For application materials contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Sponsored Research, (e-mail gradstudy@wcupa.edu or telephone 610-436-2943. For further information about the history graduate programs contact Professor √Čric Fournier, Coordinator of Graduate Studies, Department of History, (e-mail EFournier@wcupa.edu or telephone 610-436-2168).