Application Requirements

Students apply through the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) at Columbia University. Applications should only be submitted to Columbia University. The Joint Teaching Committee with faculty members from both Columbia and LSE will evaluate the applications and make the final decisions jointly. 

All students admitted during a given year must begin the program in the fall. The MA/MSc program does not have a spring-start admissions cycle. Applications open in September for the following year’s Fall semester intake.

Applications for Fall 2022 entry are now open. 

To begin your application, you can open an account through the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences online portal.

For more information on the application process, please visit the GSAS website.



The dual Master’s degree program in International and World History welcomes applicants from all academic and professional backgrounds. Students are selected for admission based on their academic and professional pursuits, in addition to their unique interests and life experiences.

Students in our program have backgrounds in history as well as a wide range of other academic fields including comparative literature, philosophy, anthropology, area studies, political science, journalism and business. Students with academic training outside of the humanities and social sciences are also welcome to apply, so long as their Statement of Purpose explains why they wish to study history.

Although work experience is considered desirable, the program will also accept students who are currently finishing their undergraduate studies. Students with previous master’s degrees are welcome to apply, although the majority of incoming students are likely not to have a degree beyond the Bachelor’s degree. 

All applications are reviewed using the same guidelines. However, applicants who apply by the early application deadline will receive an admissions decision earlier. This may be an advantage for those applying for fellowships with early deadlines that require proof of admission.

Early Application Deadline: January 14, 2022
  • Priority Tuition Reduction Fellowship (TRF) consideration is given to January applicants. We strongly encourage applicants to apply by January if they plan to apply for TRF funding.

  • Applicants who are applying for Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships must apply by the January 14th deadline. For more information, see Fellowships and Financial Aid.

  • Early applicants will be notified that their application has been accepted, denied, or waitlisted by late February/early March.

  • Applicants who receive a waitlist decision during the first evaluation round will be automatically considered during the regular decision evaluation process and do not need to reapply.

  • Applicants who are denied admission during the first evaluation round cannot reapply for consideration during the regular decision evaluation process, but are welcome to apply again the following year (subject to the GSAS policy on reapplying)

Regular Deadline: March 17, 2022
  • All applications received after January 15, as well as applicants that were waitlisted during the first round, will be reviewed during the second admissions review process. All applications must be received by March 17, 2022 to be considered for admission.

  • Applicants will be notified by late April/early May.

  • March applicants will still be considered for Tuition Reduction Fellowships so long as funding remains available. 

1. Electronic Transcripts

Electronic transcripts showing courses and grades from all post-secondary schools attended. All transcripts or other records of academic work (e.g., mark sheets, Releve de Notes) must be submitted electronically. If your university does not offer electronic transcripts, please upload a scanned copy of your transcript or academic record. 

Accepted applicants who have submitted a scanned copy of their transcript will be required to send in official paper documents for verification before the offer is considered official. (Please do not send official transcripts before being notified by GSAS.)

2. Statement of Purpose 

Your statement of purpose may address your background, academic interests, motivations for pursuing the program, and goals for after the degree. Should not exceed 1,000 words. 


3. Curriculum Vitae (CV) or Resume.


4. Writing Sample

The writing sample should be approximately 15-20 pages in length. It can be a self-contained paper, an excerpt from a longer piece, or a compilation of shorter essays. The sample does not have to be a history paper, but it should showcase your verbal and analytical abilities.

5. Two Letters of Recommendation

Academic references are preferred, however, applicants who have not been enrolled in an academic program for some time may submit letters from supervisors or colleagues in positions of responsibility. While applicants are free to submit the references that they believe best support their applications, at least one reference from an instructor familiar with his/her work is recommended. Applicants are permitted to submit a third letter of recommendation as well, but should keep in mind that additional recommendations are not necessarily positive additions to applications.

Reapplicants may elect to reuse letters of recommendation from the previous year's application. (Note: This option is available through Slate. It is only available to reapplicants who applied in the preceding year.)

6. English Proficiency Exam Score

The TOEFL is required for all international students whose native language is not English and whose undergraduate degree is from an institution whose language of instruction is not English. (Minimum TOEFL scores accepted are 100 on the iBT Internet-based test and 600 for the PBT paper-based test.) IELTS scores are also acceptable to fill this requirement (minimum 7.5). The GSAS institution code is 2162.

Please review the GSAS English Proficiency Requirement for International Students for further details.  

7. GRE General Exam (OPTIONAL)

The GRE test is not required for admission to the dual master’s degree program in International and World History. If you do take the GRE and wish to include the test scores, use Institution Code 2162. A Department Code is not necessary.

8. Application Fee

The GSAS application fee is $120.

9. Tuition Deposit

If admitted a $1,000 tuition deposit is required for all students, which must be paid via credit card upon acceptance of the offer of admission.