Applying to the MA Program in History

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How do I apply to the MA Program in History at Portland State?

What are the application deadlines?

Are there any financial aid opportunities for applicants?


How do I apply to the MA Program in History at Portland State?

Applying to the MA Program in History at PSU is now a fully online process that integrates both the application for admission at PSU and admission into the department's MA program, via the Slate online application. This process allows the electronic submission of all components of the application, including personal statement, writing samples, transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation.

Step-by-step Instructions for the online application via Slate are available in this Google document.

A non-refundable $65 application fee and $2 processing fee will be required to successfully complete the application. In some cases, this fee may be waived or reduced; consult the Office of Graduate Studies about eligibility for a fee waiver. Payment can be made via VISA or MasterCard.

Applicants are encouraged to consult the Graduate Admissions website to learn about University policies and procedures regarding application for graduate study at PSU, including minimum requirements, tuition and fee information, uploading and submitting transcripts, and special requirements (like English-language proficiency for international students). If your first language is not English or if your primary and secondary education were completed in another language, the Admissions Office requires proof of English language proficiency. The History Department cannot waive this requirement.

To begin the application process, access the ApplyWeb application portal and select "Create Your Account" to create a username and password. You can either complete and submit the application in one session, or save your work and continue it later. When filling out the form:

  • To save what you have done so far, click the Save button.
  • To save your work and exit to continue later, click the Finish Session or Save and Exit buttons.
  • If you receive a Data Validation Error, you have either skipped a required field or incorrectly entered required information. Look over the form for any fields marked with an error message such as "This is a required field."
  • To navigate through the form without submitting the required fields or data (to come back to these fields later), click the Postpone Data Validation button.
  • To access an application in progress and resume work on it, select Review Your Activity and click the Work on Form button.

Note: Once you submit a completed application, you cannot make any corrections, apart from editing information for letters of recommendation. Please verify all your entries before making your final submission.

If you have questions about the application, please contact the History Department office, either via email, or by calling us at 503-725-3917.


What are the application deadlines?

The History Department admits applications for Fall term entry.

Please note that the History Department has set February 15 as the deadline for Fall term applications. (As with several PSU departments, our deadline is earlier than the one set by the University.) Additionally, admission for particular fields of study may be limited; applicants may consult the Department's Graduate Studies Coordinator for specifics. Decisions for applications will usually be available in mid-April by email via the ApplyWeb application portal.

Please do not call the department with questions regarding the receipt of your application materials. Instead, please email us, as we may require some time to access and fully review your file. If we have questions regarding your application, we will contact you at the number or address you specify on your application form. 


Are there any financial aid opportunities for applicants?

The History Department offers a number of graduate assistantships to incoming and returning graduate students. These financial aid opportunities include both graduate tuition remission and a small monthly stipend, and are all reserved for students who have been formally accepted to the MA Program in History.

We offer a number of departmental teaching assistantships, research assistantships with the Oregon Encyclopedia Project and with the Oregon Historical Society, editorial assistantships through the Pacific Historial Review, and mentorships through the PSU University Studies Program.

New applicants to our MA Program can apply for an assistantship via the online application process (see above, "Page 7"). Please note that to apply for some of these opportunities, you may need to submit additional letters of reference and/or a statement of interest and/or undergo an interview process. Letters of recommendation should come direct from your recommenders, and accompanied by a waiver form.

The deadline for applying for these opportunities, for both prospective and returning MA students, is February 15.