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History Master's and Ph.D. Programs
Degrees and Specializations
Master of Arts: European History (Medieval, Early Modern, Modern), United States History (Early U.S., Modern U.S.), Global Studies
Doctor of Philosophy: European History (Early Modern, Modern), United States History (Early U.S., Modern U.S.)
History includes politics, economics, and aesthetics, as well as social, spiritual and cultural relations—our past, our present and our potential as human beings. The history graduate program, mindful of the discipline’s manifold importance and application, offers master of arts and doctoral degree programs in breadth and depth.
Graduate study in history permits students to increase their knowledge of the past and the processes that have shaped the human experience. Such study may prepare students for careers in scholarship, teaching or certain public service fields.
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To be considered for admission, all application requirements must be completed and received in the Graduate School by the first day of the spring term. For fall studies, the deadline January 17, 2018.
Read all application instructions prior to beginning an application.
- A completed application form and fee online.
- Official transcripts from all current and previous colleges/universities except Marquette.
- A one-page statement of purpose specifying proposed areas of study and academic interests.
- Three letters of recommendation from former teachers.
- GRE scores scores (General Test only).
- For doctoral applicants only: a writing sample. Ideally, the sample should be the master’s thesis, but, for graduates of non-thesis programs, it may consist of a formal seminar paper.
- For international applicants only: TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
The department offers fourteen teaching assistantships and five research assistantships to incoming and continuing students. Senior Ph.D. students are eligible for full-year research fellowships awarded by the graduate school (history students typically receive 3-4 each year). Most Ph.D. students receive five years of financial aid, ranging from teaching or research assistantships to teaching fellowships to research fellowships. Ph.D. students' classroom training is topped off by teaching an undergraduate seminar in their research field. Many students also receive crucial teaching experience as instructors at area colleges, including Alverno, Carroll, Cardinal Stritch, UW-Parkside, and UW-Milwaukee.
Trinity Fellows Program
Students interested in the History master's program may want to consider applying for the Trinity Fellows Program as well. Trinity Fellows is a graduate fellowship program dedicated to developing urban leaders with a commitment to social and economic justice. Trinity Fellows participate in a 21-month study/ work program while earning a master's degree. Those who have completed a full-time service program (minimum 10 months), and/or have worked for 2+ years in the nonprofit sector are eligible to apply. Details and instructions to apply are found on the Trinity Fellows website.