M.A./Ph.D. History

Master of Arts / Ph.D.


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

Our students receive internal and external 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 25 ranked faculty members who teach and mentor around 40 graduate students.

Within our subfields, students engage in research in environmental history, the history of sexuality, social and cultural history, as well as political and economic history. The Division for Late Medieval and Reformation Studies provides interdisciplinary training in the European era from approximately 1400 to 1800.

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We offer 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