Admission and Financial Support

Admission Requirements

Student intake for graduate study in history in the Rutgers-NJIT Graduate Program is done through Rutgers Newark Graduate Admissions.  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:

  • Technology, Environment and Medicine/Health (Major)
  • American (Major)
  • World/Comparative (Major)
  • American (Minor)
  • Technology, Environment and Medicine/Health (Minor)
  • Women's and Gender Studies (Minor)
  • World/Comparative (Minor).

Please select your area(s) of interest on the application. Applicants should normally have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and, with the exception of applicants applying to the MAT program, an appropriate score on the verbal portion of the Graduate Record Examination.

The application includes:

  • the online application (On the application be sure to select the Rutgers-Newark History Program)

  • official transcripts from all the colleges and universities the applicant has attended  Transcripts should be sent to

    • Office of Graduate Admissions
    • 190 University Avenue, Room 101
    • Newark, NJ 07102
  • GRE general examination scores (for M.A. applicants)

    • Scores must be from within the past five years.
    • When taking your GRE exam, have your scores sent to the Rutgers-Newark campus, school code 2512
    • The Department will accept the LSAT in lieu of the GRE.
  • Three letters of recommendation

    • Letters that can speak about your academic performance
    • Recommenders may submit on their own letterhead or submit electronically if their email address was provided on the student's application
  • Personal statement no longer than 500 words

    • Explain your intellectual interests and commitments
    • Identify fields/areas you may wish to pursue
    • Explain why the program at Rutgers-Newark and NJIT is a good fit for you.
  • Writing Sample

    •  such as an undergraduate or graduate research paper or thesis chapter, usually 10-20 pages that should demonstrate skills in

      • primary research

      • writing in history/related fields

      • analysis.

  • Application fee

  • 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:

Financial Aid

The Department has some resources for student fellowships. Information about the Rutgers University's financial aid program can be obtained from Financial Aid.

Non-Degree Students

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.


The deadline for fall admission is July 1st, and the deadline for spring admission is December 1st.

Requests for Information and Application

For additional information or answers to particular questions:

The Graduate History Program
Rutgers University
175 University Avenue
Conklin Hall, Room 323
Newark, NJ 07102
Tel.: (973) 353-3902
Fax: (973)353-1193
E-mail: Christina Strasburger, Program Administrator   

For information about the M.A. concentration in History of Technology, Environment and Medicine:

Professor Neil Maher, NJIT Chair
329 Cullimore Hall, NJIT
Phone: 973-596-6348
Fax: 973-642-4689