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Doctorate in History

The Department of History grants degrees in numerous research fields at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels. Our graduate program is especially strong in Native American history, public history, history of religion, race and ethnicity, women and gender, and war and society.


For a Ph.D. in History, you must complete 60 credit hours of graduate-level coursework beyond your M.A. degree in three fields of study (general, major and minor fields).


Required courses:

  • Twelve hours of major field (selected in consultation with advisory committee)
  • Two minor fields (six credits each)
  • Historiography
  • Teaching history at the college level
  • Methods if the latter is required

This means that, because the major and minor fields require 24 credits total, students must take twelve hours of electives (which can overlap with the major and minor fields), in order to get to the required 36 coursework hours. Students must take at least eighteen hours of seminar, including at least three hours of research seminar. HIST 6100, HIST 6130, and internships do not qualify as seminars. Students without an M.A. thesis must take Historical Methods (HIST 5023).  With the consent of their advisory committee, students may apply graduate course work taken outside the History Department to their major or minor fields.

Research and Faculty

Our faculty's research expertise spans the globe. We offer exceptional graduate mentorship and strong support for our students, including travel for conferences and research. In addition, we provide competitive graduate assistantships that give our students valuable classroom experience.

Admissions Requirements

  • Progress toward proficiency in foreign language
  • Transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of intent
  • Writing sample
  • Preference given to applicants who hold a M.A. in history and have completed a thesis (with an average GPA of 3.5 or above)

Application Deadline:

  • January 15 (for funding consideration)

Female faculty working in the Oral History lab

Cost & Assistance

We offer competitive graduate assistantships for both M.A. and Ph.D. students. M.A. students are considered for two-year funding packages, and Ph.D. students are considered for five-year funding packages. Our graduate assistantships provide a tuition waiver, health insurance and a monthly stipend that is competitive among Big 12 and other peer institutions. We also offer annual scholarships, fellowships, grants and paper prizes for both M.A. and Ph.D. students, which provide significant extra financial support for research and conference travel.



Assistantships and Scholarships

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