Master of Arts / Ph.D.


Small group discussion in history class

Hone your skills in analysis and research, while expanding your knowledge and developing scholarship in a concentrated area of history.

About the Program

We endeavor to challenge our graduate students, to inspire them to engage thoughtfully with the past, to help them develop critical skills in analysis and research, and to nurture facility with writing and public speaking that will enable them to share their own work with scholarly and popular audiences.

The Graduate Program stirs the intellectual life of the department, fueling a creative dynamic among students and faculty alike that enriches our community and our larger mission of creative scholarship and teaching.

See the M.A./Ph.D. Graduate Handbook

Our Students

Since 1996, our students have received over 160 grants, awards, and fellowships for individual research, including a number of Fulbright and Fulbright-Hays fellowships. They have presented at professional conferences in the U.S., Canada, England, Spain, Germany, Mexico and the Netherlands.

Faculty Expertise

We have 26 ranked faculty members that teach and mentor around 60 graduate students.

    Within our subfields, students engage in research in labor history, the history of sexuality, social and cultural history, as well as political and economic history.

    See faculty by area.


    We offer both a Master of Arts and a Ph.D. program for students who already have a master's degree. We also offer an accelerated master’s program, allowing students to obtain both an undergraduate degree and a master’s in a five-year time frame.

    Our curriculum reflects the diversity and depth of history across the globe. It covers a variety of disciplines and topics ranging from environmental to civil, to even social, histories. Depending on your interests, you can concentrate your coursework in one of five different fields:

    • Early European History
    • Modern European History
    • United States History
    • Latin American History
    • Asian History


    Career Pathways

    We will prepare you for both academic careers and professional opportunities in a variety of environments, including museums, archives, libraries, educational institutes, the corporate sector, and more. Possibilities include:

    • Educator
    • Media Specialist
    • Museum Curator
    • Legal Advocate
    • Archivist/Librarian
    • Project Manager

    Progress to the Ph.D Program

    We encourage M.A. graduates with strong passion and interest to apply to our Ph.D program. 

    Contact Us

    Director of Graduate Studies:
    John Senseney