Graduate Admission

The Department of History places emphasis on developing close mentoring relationships between faculty and students. Accordingly, our admissions process, particularly for the Ph.D., seeks to ensure that students’ interests match faculty expertise. We encourage prospective students to contact the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), Dr. Jennifer Davis, as well as any faculty members whose work interests them.

We have approximately 35 graduate students in the program at any one time. Our graduate students are a close-knit, accomplished, and supportive group. The DGS can facilitate putting applicants in touch with current students, who can discuss the program and the experience of living and studying in Washington, D.C.

Detailed instructions for applying and further particulars about what we look for in students can be found here.


  • Funding Opportunities

    The University awards a limited number of fellowships and scholarships to qualified entering graduate students.

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The faculty and staff of the Department of History are available to provide information and answer questions about our programs.

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