Graduate History Degrees
Graduate work is offered in all fields of history for which faculty is currently available. Students applying for admission to graduate study in history must be approved by the majority of the history faculty.
Candidates must fulfill the requirements of the Department of History and of the Graduate College.
The Department of History offers both thesis and non-thesis Master's degree options. The work toward an M.A. degree stresses a balance of course work and independent research.
There are two areas of study for the Ph.D. program: History and Historical Archaeology. Both programs require graduate level coursework leading up to a proposal defense and/or comprehensive exams followed by completion of a dissertation based in original research. While the History program requires students to seek a committee chair from the History department, the Historical Archeology program is offered in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Society and Justice and requires students to select an Anthropology faculty as their main advisor.
Graduate Program Requirements
The ideal preparation for graduate study in history is a B.A. or B.S. in history from an accredited institution.
The department, at its discretion, may accept applicants with a B.A. or B.S. in humanities or social science fields applicable to history (e.g., political science, philosophy, English, anthropology).
Standard Examinations for Admission (M.A. and Ph.D.
Applicants whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 575 on the TOEFL to be considered for admission.