Our Graduate Program


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The Graduate Program in History offers the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in history as well as minor works for doctoral students in fields outside of history. The program is designed to meet the needs of the Ph.D. candidate and we only occasionally accept a student for terminal master's work.

The department trains resourceful researchers, committed teachers, and engaged public intellectuals for work as historians in a variety of professional contexts, including but not limited to positions as academic historians at the college and university level. As a department, we value the production of original knowledge that extends established ideas, unsettles once-accepted wisdoms, and generates new research questions. Part of achieving this goal involves recognizing and cultivating diversity in both its intellectual and social dimensions.

As of May 2014, the department generally accepts only those students to whom it can offer a multi-year guarantee of support. These guarantees may vary by funding source, field, and other circumstances, and they are contingent on satisfactory progress and performance. Applicants with access to external resources that can support their graduate study should provide details on the History Supplemental Application.

Application deadline: December 1st

To apply to the graduate program, begin here.

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For further information about many aspects of the program, see the Graduate Handbook (pdf).