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History Graduate Degrees

Dr. Steven Miner asks a question at the 2013 Baker Peace Conference.
Dr. Steven Miner asks a question at the 2013 Baker Peace Conference.

Degree Programs

Ph.D. in History

M.A. in History

Online M.S.S. in Social Sciences

Certificate in Contemporary History

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The director of graduate studies, Dr. Paul Milazzo (, will be happy to answer questions or provide more information.

Financial Aid

Research and Resources

About the Graduate Programs in History 

The History Department has M.A. and Ph.D. programs that offer graduate students a chance to take courses and conduct research in many geographic areas and chronological periods and in a wide variety of fields. There is a strong sense of community in the department. Graduate students have a chance to work closely with each other and with faculty members who have achieved national and international recognition for their scholarship.

Students in History graduate programs also benefit from excellent library resources. The M.A. program, which has both thesis and non-thesis options, prepares students either to continue their education at the doctoral level or to develop the skills in research, analysis, and communication that are valued in many types of professional employment. The Ph.D. program trains students for academic positions and for employment in government, research centers, and other nonacademic settings.

Financial Aid: Financial aid in the form of teaching assistantships and, in cooperation with the Contemporary History Institute, fellowships are available to both M.A. and Ph.D. students. See Financial Aid.

International Diversity: The students in the graduate programs are a diverse and talented group. There are usually about 35 graduate students in residency at any one time. They come from many parts of the United States and from several other nations. During the past five years, students from Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Germany, Georgia, Indonesia, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Russia have enrolled in History degree programs.

Grants & Awards: Many students have achieved significant recognition for their work. They have earned grants or awards from the Fulbright Program, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Program, the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Program, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Society for Military History, and the Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, and Ford presidential libraries.

Research Presentations: Graduate students also have presented their research at meetings or conferences sponsored by the American Historical Association, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Center for Cold War Studies of the University of California, Santa Barbara, the German Historical Institute, and the Popular Culture Association.