History (PhD)

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Program Description

The program for the PhD degree provides a framework within which students can acquire the following training and experience:

  1. broad exposure to a general area of interest and to its current literature and controversies;
  2. more intense training in the special field in which the student intends to conduct research and do his or her primary teaching;
  3. a sound but more limited introduction to a second field;
  4. training in research procedures and methods;
  5. appropriate linguistic competence; and
  6. the completion of a dissertation judged to be a significant piece of historical research and writing.


All applicants to the Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) are required to submit the general application requirements, which include:

See History for admission requirements and instructions specific to this program.