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History (PHD) 
Program Description

History offers a Ph.D. in Early Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Modern Europe, United States with minors in Asia, Comparative Women, and Comparative/World History.

Department/Academic Unit(s)

History -

The Department of History offers an Accelerated Masters, Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in History, and a certificate in Early Modern Studies. The graduate program emphasizes the development of critical habits and technical skills to foster advanced research, publication and teaching in the field of history, broadly conceived. Coursework nurtures these proficiencies as well as preparing students to deploy a range of theoretical frameworks to analyze materials from the past. Fields of study for students pursuing a degree in History are as follows: Asia (Masters only), Comparative/World History (Masters, PhD minor), Early Europe, Latin America, Middle East (Ph.D. only), Modern Europe, and United States History.

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences  
Campus where offered
Main Campus - Tucson  
Admissions Contact
Adam E Donaldson
Graduate Program Coordinator
Adam E Donaldson
Director of Graduate Studies
David Ortiz
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Annie Prisbrey
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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

A copy of the Graduate College Application
GRE (no absolute minimum, but we look for 75th percentile or higher)
3 Letters of Recommendation
Statement of Purpose
2 Writing Samples

All of the above materials may be uploaded to the Graduate College web site when applying to the University of Arizona.

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE
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Minimum TOEFL: 550
Minimum IELTS: 7

Financial Aid

The primary source of financial support is in the form of Graduate Teaching Assistantships, which currently carry a tuition waiver and student health insurance in addition to the monetary stipend. The History Department also offers a number of in-state and out of state tuition awards, as well as one full year Graduate College Fellowship. Qualifying students may likewise compete for Graduate College Fellowships for underrepresented groups and Arizona residents. All financial support is competitive. For more details, see Department website.

Admissions Deadlines

Domestic Applicants:

  • Fall: January 5

International Applicants:

  • Fall: January 5
International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program: 2799
NRC Taxon(a) for this program: History

Completion Requirements

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 39
Core coursework: 695K Historiography is required for all students in the first year.
36 units of course work are required in major field; which courses qualify is determined by the student in consultation with their committee.
9 to 12 units of course work in minor field, also to be determined by the student and committee.
Language requirements: A reading knowledge of two second languages is required, except in United States History, where one language is required. The requirement must be completed BEFORE the written/oral comprehensive examination.

English proficiency is one of the conditions for admission for all applicants whose native language is not English.

Other requirements: Each student must pass written exams in major and minor fields, followed by an oral comprehensive exam. Following the completion of the dissertation, students must pass an oral defense of the project.


Minor Requirements

Nine to twelve units in the minor field selected in conjunction with the student's committee.

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Program StatisticsInformation about these numbers

Program-level Information
Application Acceptance Rate 48%
Med. Time-to-degree (years) 6.50
Department-level Information
Enrollment Percent Male 49%
Enrollment Percent Female 51%
Enrollment Percent International 5%
Enrollment Percent URM 32%

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Last revised 28 May 2015