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Graduate Application Guide

In these videos, our faculty address some common questions, successes, and errors that arise in the graduate admissions process.

1) The first step in deciding whether to apply to the University of Oregon is to reach out to your potential advisor. This video from our Department Head, Vera Keller, provides some thoughts and tips about how to do that as well as a look into our special archives collection.


2) The next step is to decide whether to apply to the MA or the PhD program. If you already have an MA in History you should apply to the PhD program, but those with a BA can apply either to the MA or to a BA-PhD track. This video offers some thoughts on which program to apply to.


3) Next, how to decide which writing sample to select for the program you choose.


4) The Statement of Purpose is the most important part of your application. This video provides advice on how to craft it.


Some of our faculty members who often receive graduate applications have made self-introduction videos for students who may be interested in applying to work with them. If your potential advisor doesn’t have a video below, don’t worry – it just means our videographers haven’t gotten to them yet! We will be adding videos here over time.

David Luebke


Marsha Weisiger