6. A writing sample, preferably the M.A. thesis, or, if this is not available, a major seminar paper that
demonstrates your ability to write and think about history. If your M.A. is in a field
other than history, you may send us a paper or thesis in that field. Please write
your name and e-mail address at the top of the first page of your writing sample.
This is the only way we will be able to get in touch with you if we want to follow
up on any aspect of your application.
Three weeks after all the material has been sent to the department, whether for the
application or the assistantship, please e-mail Karen Jackett to confirm that we have
received your materials.
Applications take four to eight weeks to process after the due dates; the Department
of History's Admissions Committee and other appropriate faculty review all applications
before making a recommendation about admission to the Graduate School.
If you apply too late or do not yet meet all the requirements, you can still register
for a time as a non-degree student (see the Graduate School’s provision for non-degree students).
All credentials become the property of the university, which will not forward or return
them. We will maintain your credentials in an active file for at least one year.
If you are admitted, but do not register for the term for which you are admitted,
or fail to register for every Fall and Spring term, the Graduate School will require
you to fill out a short on-line readmissions application before beginning or resuming
your study. Get the form at https://banssbprod.memphis.edu/pls/PROD/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon.
Concentration in Ancient Egyptian History: (Note: "Concentration" refers to a specific program in this area. It does not imply
that this is our only area of specialization.) Please note that if you wish to enter
the Ph.D. program in Ancient Egyptian history, you must have the explicit approval
of the Egyptology faculty. At present this consists of Dr. Peter Brand, email@example.com, and Dr. Suzanne Onstine, firstname.lastname@example.org. All those interested in the Egyptology concentration should write to Dr Onstine,
explaining your interest and background in Egyptology and related areas, such as other
ancient history, ancient Near Eastern cultures, classics, archaeology, anthropology,
or Middle East studies.
The Egyptology faculty considers all current applicants as a group after January 15.
Although we may accept applications after that, your best chance of admission is to
apply before January 15 for the next school year. Most students begin in the Fall,
but we will sometimes consider applications for Spring if you have a strong record
and sufficient background.
Those living in most southern states who are accepted in this concentration are generally
eligible for the in-state tuition authorized by the Academic Common Market (http://www.cep.unt.edu/ACM.html).
APPLICATION FOR ASSISTANTSHIP
To apply for an assistantship for the following academic year, submit your Assistantship Application to the Department of History by January 15, using the same guidelines as for the
admissions application above. Send unofficial transcripts and test scores to the department
only if they have not arrived at the Graduate School. You may use the three letters
of recommendation for admission for the assistantship as well, although you may wish
to send additional letters addressing your suitability for an assistantship. We normally
make decisions about graduate assistantships for the following academic year by April
As full-time students, assistants at the Ph.D. level are expected to pass their comprehensive
exam by the beginning of their seventh Fall/Spring semester. Those who do fail to
do so will may not be able to renew their assistantships.