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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


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

History major Michael Zagari has been accepted into the Duquesne University School of Law this coming fall on a full academic scholarship! During his time at Brockport, Mike has played on the NCAA men’s ice hockey team and has won the Jack Crandall and Robert Griswold History Department Awards.

History major Gabrielle Brannigan received a scholarship to enter the MA program in Social Studies and Special Education at the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education.

History professor Jose R. Torre to direct NEH Landmarks Workshop for K-12 teachers. The Rochester Reform Trail explores Rochester’s nationally important antebellum reform history. This July, 72 K-12 teachers from as far away as California, Florida and Oregon will visit Rochester and learn why national figures like Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony chose to live and work for social justice in Rochester, New York.


Robert Marcus Memorial Lecture, Thursday, 4/14/16, 7:30 pm, McCue Auditorium (LibArt 104 A/B), Dr. Raymond Craib (Cornell University), Title: "The Cry of the Renegade:  The politics and poetry of subversion in Santiago, Chile"