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What will I learn?

At the University of Nevada, Reno, areas of major study (dissertation) for the Ph.D. in History include Nevada and the West, U.S. history, American studies, cultural history, history of science, history of medicine, or selected fields in European history. The University's Ph.D. in History invites graduate students to sharpen their historical understanding and research skills alongside award-winning faculty.

The Department of History comprises an ambitious group of scholars at an expanding research university. The department maintains ongoing relationships and collaborations with groups such as the Washoe County School District, the Nevada Museum of Art and the Newberry Library of Chicago. It also houses the Shared History Program - Northern Nevada's premiere public and oral history program. As part of a dedication to a wider university and public engagement, the department of history also hosts lectures, conferences and special events for scholars and the general public throughout the academic year.


Among the fields of study for the Ph.D., a select number are designated as areas for potential dissertation topics; these are indicated by an asterisk on the list below. The other fields listed are not available for dissertation research within the department of history. Within the marked fields, the specific topics must be approved by the student's graduate studies committee based upon factors such as required language skills, library and archival resources, and available faculty expertise. The student must secure the agreement of a faculty member to serve as the dissertation advisor. The dissertation is a work of significant original scholarly research and analysis. It should contribute to historical knowledge, exhibit a mastery of the sources and secondary literature of the subject and the techniques of exploiting them, and display a fair degree of literary skill. It should be submitted in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Graduate School. Students should obtain those guidelines at the beginning of the dissertation process, in order to avoid reformatting later. The Chicago Manual of Style, latest edition, will be the authoritative guide to style and form for all doctoral dissertations.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (73 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$21,006.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


College of Liberal Arts

1664 N. Virginia Street,



89557, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution. Eligibility for admission with a 3-year bachelor's degree are determined on a case by case basis. Minimum grade point average (on a 4.0 scale): 3.0 for a doctoral degree.

For international students

Hold a B.A. or M.A. degree in History (or a closely related discipline) from an accredited four-year college or university. Applicants without a Master's degree applying for direct admission to our Ph.D. program must have excellent GRE scores and an exceptional academic record.

Minimum score requirements: TOEFL: 550 (paper) or 79 (internet); IELTS: 6.5 (academic version); Duolingo: 105.

Application Deadlines: Feb. 1

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.