Graduate Application Instructions

Application Deadlines:

December 15 for admission in the Fall semester, October 15 for admission in the Spring semester.  Applicants for spring admission will not be considered for departmental funding until the December 15 applications are under review.

Application Materials:


Applicants to the History Department will submit materials through the Online Application Process.   All application materials must be received on or before the dates indicated above.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents should submit the following materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions

  • One official transcript from each institution attended by the applicant should be sent by mail to the address below.
Office of Admissions
Attn: Graduate Admissions
PO Box 4895
Albuquerque, NM 87196-4849 
International students should submit the following materials to the Office of International Admissions:
  • Online Application
  • Acceptable evidence of English language proficiency
  • Academic records (with English translation)
  • Financial guarantee
Mail to:
The University of New Mexico
Office of International Admissions
1 University of New Mexico
MSC06 3850
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001


In addition, all applicants should fill out the Application for Financial Aid.  Graduate Assistantships are available to qualified students.  Stipends are currently $14,000-$16,400 plus tuition waiver and medical insurance.  For more information on departmental and other funding, please see the Funding page.  The Financial Aid Application can be e-mailed to Dana Ellison at or mailed to the address below.

For your online application, you will need to upload the following:

  • Letter of Intent **  (Below are links to helpful tips)
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  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Email addresses for letters of recommendations (3)

**Please write a 1000 word essay indicating why you have chosen to pursue graduate work in History, what your general study/career plans might be, and any qualifications or prepration-e.g. language skills-you might have which do not appear elsewear in this application. How would your interests fit with the specialities of our Department?


In addition, PhD applicants are required to submit a writing sample.

Chair, Department of History
MSC06 3760
1104 Mesa Vista Hall
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131-1181

Additional Information:

As you prepare your application, please feel free to consult these FAQs.

Please contact the department with questions about the application process at the above address or by phone at (505) 277-2451, or email