Admission requirements include, normally, an MA degree in history and a BA degree in history with a minimum CGPA of 3.3. Applicants for a PhD in Ancient History must have reading proficiency in Greek and Latin plus one modern European language (in addition to their first language). Applicants for other areas of history, e.g., Russian, should also have a reading knowledge of languages needed for research purposes.
Admission is competitive. Refer to the list of department areas of geographic, chronological and thematic areas of specialization to find professors who will be available to supervise comprehensive examinations and theses. Professors on leave will not be able to supervise comprehensive examinations. It is a good idea to contact prospective PhD supervisors before you submit an application to find out if the potential supervisor will be on leave, is accepting new students, and is willing to supervise the topic should you be admitted.
In exceptional circumstances, students who the committee determines have an insufficient background in history may be admitted to PhD1. This requires a year of course work before work proceeds on the comprehensive exams.