ip target image
You are currently browsing our site with content tailored to students in your country

Our cookies

We use cookies to offer you a better browsing experience with personalized content, relevant ads and enhanced functionalities. By allowing all you agree to the use of cookies as per the cookie policy and remember you can manage your preferences anytime.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in History


What will I learn?

To encourage flexibility, general requirements are kept to a minimum. These include: taking seven graduate-level seminars including History 7090, Introduction to the Graduate Study of History; demonstrating proficiency in two languages other than English (for Africanists, only one foreign language required); completing the Graduate School's residence requirement of 6 semesters of full-time study at a satisfactory level of accomplishment; teaching for at least one year (normally as a teaching assistant); passing the "Q" examination early in the second semester of study; complete one research paper by the end of the second year; the written and oral "Admission to Candidacy" examination after completion of formal study (the "A" exam); turn in an approved dissertation prospectus within three months of the "A" exam; and completing the doctoral dissertation and defending it in a final examination.

All incoming doctoral students take a proficiency examination in an appropriate foreign language at the beginning of the first term of residence. Those who do not pass the exam enroll in suitable language courses until proficiency is acquired. Proficiency in two foreign languages (or for Africanists, one language) must be demonstrated before a Ph.D. degree candidate is eligible to take the Admission to Candidacy examination. The Admission to Candidacy exam is partly oral and partly written and is usually taken in the third year of study.

Incoming Ph.D. students who hold a master's degree from another university must still complete the requirements listed above. No formal transfer credit is given, but the Special Committee normally takes previous graduate work in history into account, which may speed the student's progress toward the doctorate.

Concentrations by Subject

  • African history
  • American history
  • American studies (minor)
  • Ancient Greek history
  • Ancient history
  • Ancient Roman history
  • Early modern European history
  • English history
  • French history
  • German history
  • History of science
  • Korean history
  • Latin American history
  • Medieval Chinese history
  • Medieval history
  • Modern Chinese history
  • Modern European history
  • Modern Japanese history
  • Modern Middle Eastern history
  • Pre modern Islamic history
  • Pre modern Japanese history
  • Renaissance history
  • Russian history
  • South Asian history
  • Southeast Asian history

Learning Outcomes

  • When students complete the PhD, they should be able to:
  • Make an original and substantial contribution to the discipline, producing publishable scholarship.
  • Have a broad knowledge of theory and research across three concentrations/sub-fields (which may include one minor concentration from another discipline outside history).
  • Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of one major historical concentration/subfield.
  • Communicate research findings effectively in written and in spoken presentations.
  • Demonstrate effective skills in undergraduate teaching.
  • Uphold professional and ethical standards in the discipline.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (Maximum elapsed time: 7 years)

Tuition fees
US$29,500.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2023


College of Arts and Sciences

KG17 Klarman Hall,


New York,

14853, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Baccalaureate degree from a college or university of recognized standing.

English Language Proficiency Requirement

IELTS Academic - 7.0; TOEFL - The Graduate School’s official minimum sub-scores for each element of the TOEFL iBT are: Speaking: 22, Reading: 20, Listening: 15, Writing: 20.

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


Get in touch