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The Rutgers University-Newark Graduate History Department accepts applications to the Masters of Arts (M.A.) or to the Masters of Arts for Teachers (M.A.T.) programs for either fall or spring admission. The deadline for fall applications is July 1st and the deadline for spring applications is December 1st.

We welcome applicants for full-time and part-time study who are passionate about discovering the past and seek rigorous historical study and debate at the Master’s level. Our students learn how to design and conduct archival research and hone their skills in responding to historiographical debate in both academic and public contexts. Our program offers excellent preparation for careers in teaching and public history, as well as for doctoral study. 

A complete application consists of:

Rutgers University-Newark Graduate School Application.
This must be completed online at On the application please be sure to select the Rutgers-Newark History Program. We offer the following areas of concentration for the M.A. degree:
American (Major), American (Minor), Tech, Environment and Medicine/Health (Major), Tech, Environment and Medicine/Health (Minor), Women's and Gender Studies (Minor), World/Comparative (Major), World/Comparative (Minor). Please select your area(s) of interest on the application.

Personal Statement.
The following should be included in your personal statement, which should be no longer than 500 words.

A. Explain your intellectual interests and commitments.
B. Identify fields/areas you may pursue.
C. Explain why Rutgers-Newark is a good match for you.

Writing Sample.
The writing sample (generally 10-20 pp) should demonstrate skills in primary research, analysis, and writing in history/related fields such as an undergraduate/graduate paper or thesis chapter.

(3)  Letters of Recommendation.
Letters from sources that can speak about your academic performance are strongly encouraged. Recommenders can use the Rutgers-Newark form, their own letterhead, or they may be submitted to Rutgers electronically if their email address was provided on the online application.
Official Academic Transcript(s) from any institution(s) attended.
All official transcripts must be sent electronically to 

Please note that while you are encouraged to upload an unofficial transcript(s) when you submit your application, a final official copy must be sent by the institution or a third-party vendor acting on behalf of the institution. We are unable to accept transcripts uploaded by a student as official. 

Resume (optional)

Cost and Funding Opportunities

The current per-credit costs for both New Jersey residents and non-residents can be seen here:

The Department offers a number of funding packages, comprising partial tuition remission and a stipend, to incoming students. Awards are made on a competitive basis. 

We also are now offering Historical Engagement Fellowships, for new students who are committed to making history accessible to the public. These fellowships are designed for those who work, or aspire to work, as social studies teachers; employees of historical sites or archives; and/or those interested in writing (in print or online formats) on historical topics for a wide readership. For more information, see:

For information on additional forms of support, visit the website of the Office of Financial Aid:

Additional Information:


For the tuition scale, please visit the Graduate School's website,


Students with appropriate education and/or experience may take graduate history courses without working toward a formal degree by enrolling as non-matriculated students. This option is designed mainly for students who wish to take only one or a few graduate courses in some particular area of history. Non-matriculated students may later apply for transfer into the M.A. or M.A.T. program, in which case they must meet the regular admission requirements. The courses taken on a non-degree basis may be counted toward the M.A. or M.A.T. degree, although a grade of B or higher is required.

Application fee, transcripts, and a personal statement must be submitted in order to be considered for nondegree study.


Feel free to contact the Program's Administrator, Christina Strasburger, by email or phone, 973-353-3902, if you have any questions.