Graduate Program

The Department of History offers the Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees. The graduate program is small and selective, enrolling six to eight students a year. The small size of the program enables faculty members to devote considerable time to each graduate student. The department prides itself on the high quality of its graduate instruction and mentoring.

The department trains graduate students in many fields but has particular strengths in nineteenth-century and twentieth-century U.S. history and modern and early modern European history. In the past, the department has also had success training students in the history of the American West, U.S. environmental history, and Native American history. Please visit our Recent Graduates page to survey the range of thesis and dissertation projects recently undertaken by our M.A. and Ph.D. students.

The Ph.D. program prepares students for academic positions at two-year and four-year colleges and universities as well as jobs in public history, government, and the private sector. Recent graduates hold academic positions at Gonzaga University, the University of Montana, Meredith College, and Whatcom Community College. Another recent graduate was hired as Executive Vice President at a private firm specializing in contract historical research.

The M.A. program prepares students for admission into doctoral programs and for employment in education (junior colleges and private high schools), museums and historical societies, and the private sector. The department has a long track record of placing its M.A. graduates into the nation’s most competitive doctoral programs, including Yale, Stanford, New York University, Virginia, Wisconsin, and University of Pennsylvania. Past M.A. graduates have then gone on to tenure-line jobs at many leading universities, including the University of Virginia, the University of Georgia, and the University of Nebraska. Recent M.A. graduates have also landed jobs with the U.S. State Department, the Montana Historical Society, and several private high schools.

If you have questions about the graduate program, contact Professor Kyle G. Volk, Director of Graduate Studies.