Degree Requirements

The Department of History encourages Ph.D. students to complete their degree program, including dissertation, in five years. Success within this timeframe qualifies graduates for the College of Arts and Letters 5+1 postdoc program.

Candidacy Requirements (2 years):

Students must fulfill the following six requirements during their first two years of study in order to advance to degree candidacy (ABD):

1) Coursework (minimum 36 credit hours)

2) Language proficiency

3) Research papers

4) Qualifying exam (written and oral components)

5) Dissertation proposal

6) Professionalization (including Teaching Assistant assignments)

Ph.D. Candidacy (3 years):

Following Admission to Candidacy, students devote themselves full time to researching and writing the dissertation. The dissertation must be defended in front of the student's dissertation committee and formally submitted to the Graduate School.

Detailed requirements are available in the Graduate School Bulletin of Information and the Departmental Graduate Studies Guide.