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Guide for Graduate Students

Doctor of Philosophy in History

The program
Admission requirements
Nature of course offerings
Fields of study
Requirements and restrictions
Previously earned credits
Time limitation
Foreign language requirement
Comprehensive examination
Reading lists for Ph.D. comprehensive examination fields
Timetable for doctoral program
Forms and applications

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The Doctoral Degree Program

The Ph.D. is the highest degree granted by the university; it is conferred only on those candidates whose work evidences general proficiency and the ability to perform independent historical research. The degree is never conferred merely for the accumulation of credits.

The Ph.D. program is designed to provide broad knowledge in two fields of history, more intensive preparation in a major field, and also the competence in original historical research and writing that will prepare you for teaching and research in higher education or for a career in government, business, library service, and other research-related fields. But be warned: you will need to put in at least four academic years of study and research beyond the M.A. degree, and almost always more, to complete the program.

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