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What will I learn?

Buffalo's Department of History offers intense academic training in a supportive, close-knit, open-minded environment. The department has particular strength in Asian, European, Latin American history, and US history, but its small size also encourages contacts across standard disciplinary boundaries: our students are doing research in the history of the Atlantic world, disability studies, public history, immigration history, gay and lesbian studies, and other emerging fields. Partly because of these innovative approaches, our graduates hold positions in universities, museums, and libraries across the country.

Course Work

Historical Inquiry (History 501) is required of all PhD students and must be taken during the fall semester of the first year of doctoral study. The course offers an introduction to the theory and philosophy of history and is intended to acquaint students with various problems in historical analysis and understanding.

Core Courses. All doctoral students must take at least two of the following core seminars: History 502 and 503, “Core seminar in American history”; History 504 and 505, “Core seminar in European history”; History 507, “Core seminar in East Asian history”; History 506, “Core seminar in North and South Atlantic History”; and History 559 and 560, “Core seminar in Latin American and Caribbean History”.

Research Seminars. Students must take at least two 600-level research seminars.

Distribution requirement. All PhD students must fulfill a distribution requirement by taking at least one course (outside of the student’s major field) that covers an area outside the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Incomplete grading policy. The Department requires that doctoral students complete all courses that have received grades of Incomplete (I) before advancing to candidacy or receiving departmental research travel funding.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
US$23,100.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected January 2022

Start date

Expected August 2022


University at Buffalo, The State University Of New York

12 Capen Hall,


New York,

14260, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The equivalent of a Master of Science in nursing (MSN) degree; Active U.S. RN and NP licenses; An active national certification in the specialty to which you are applying (ex. CRNA, FNP, etc.); MSN GPA of 3.25 or higher

For international students

To be eligible for graduate study at UB, we expect:

A bachelor's degree (or higher) or the equivalent from an accredited/government recognized college or university. Most such degrees will be four or more years in length; UB recognizes some three-year degrees, but not all.

A B-grade (GPA of 3.0) or higher from your bachelor's degree (or equivalent) courses. Grade point averages from non-U.S. universities will be evaluated by UB's Office of International Admissions.

Appropriate standardized test scores (DAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, PCAT, etc.).

English Language Requirements:

The minimum score of TOEFL IBT is 79, the minimum score TOEFL PBT is 550, Computer test = 213, the minimum score of IELTS is 6.5, the minimum score of PTE is 55, the minimum score of Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) Old Scale is 60, New Scale is 185, the minimum score of Cambridge English Advanced (CAE) Old Scale is 65, New Scale is 185.

PhD applications are only accepted for Fall start dates, and must be received by January 5.

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