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Admissions to the Graduate Program

Admissions to the Graduate Program

There are two ways to begin your graduate study in history: 

1. Students may take up to 3 courses on a non-matriculated basis by simply registering via the web, or by mail or in person. Assistance in doing so can be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions (585) 395-5465. It would be useful, however, to consult with the Director of Graduate Studies in History before registering so as to match the courses to your own needs and background as closely as possible. 

2. A somewhat more formal process is required for admission to the MA in History as a matriculated degree candidate.


The Admissions Process: 

You will need to submit the following credentials to the Office of Graduate Admissions. The necessary forms can be obtained from that office at (585) 395-2231 or from the Department of History at (585) 395-2231 or by writing to the department at SUNY Brockport, 350 New Campus Drive Brockport, NY 14420. Please call or write. 

  1. Graduate Application Form and Graduate Information Form (Available from the Office of Graduate Admissions or the Department of History).
  2. Official transcripts of all college work, both graduate and undergraduate. Students may transfer up to 12 graduate credits of course work from other institutions with the approval of the Graduate Committee. 
  3. Two letters of recommendation from college or university instructors or others qualified to evaluate your likely success as a graduate student in history. 
  4. A letter of intent outlining why you would like to pursue an MA in History at Brockport.
  5. A sample of your writing (usually a term paper or other research project) 

Please submit your application materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions by April 15 to be considered for summer admission; by July 1 for fall-semester admission; and by November 15 for spring-semester admission. 

Criteria for Admission:

In assessing these materials, the Graduate Committee in the Department of History will consider the following: 

  1. Intellectual ability: In general we like to see at least a “B” average in previous college course work. 
  2. Background in history: An undergraduate major in history is helpful, but not required. Students without a history major should have some prior work in history and/or other disciplines in the humanities or social sciences. 
  3. Writing, research, and analytical skills. 
  4. A passion for the the study of history and an ability to articulate how the MA program fits with your personal and career plans. 

We will notify you promptly about the decision of the Committee. As always, please feel free to be in touch with the Graduate Director during any stage of this process.

For more information, go to Graduate Studies

Last Updated 6/11/12


Our sincere congratulations to Matty Lynn Kuhar who won the 2016 School of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Award!

Dr. Alison Parker has been invited to be this year's Harriet Jacobs Lecturer at Purdue University. Her talk is entitled Mary Church Terrell, Black Women, and the Rise of the Democratic Party. 

Dr. Nishiyama has been invited to give a talk (title "Kamikaze Technology and Culture for War: Japan and the USA, 1941-2001") at the RIT.

Dr. Alison Parker facilitated significant donation of historical papers to Oberlin College and participates in its celebratory symposium on the life of racial justice advocate Mary Church Terrell (1863-1954).

Congratulations to Dr. Jose R. Torre on winning the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching!


History Forum will host Region 11&12 Meeting of the Association of Public Historians of New York State, on 4/30 (Saturday, from 9am to about 4pm) at McCue Auditorium (LAB104).

History Department Graduation Ceremony will be held in New York Room, Cooper Hall, at 10:30 am, May 14 (Saturday).