Ph.D. in History

Program at a Glance

Admissions cycle: Fall
Application deadlines: March 1
Assistantship types available: Teaching, Research
Graduate director: Linda A. Curcio-Nagy

The University's Ph.D. in History invites graduate students to sharpen their historical understanding and research skills alongside an award-winning faculty.

Why choose this Ph.D. in history?

The department of history comprises an ambitious group of scholars at an expanding research university. Department strengths include American, European, Asian, African and Latin American history, and areas of study range from ancient to medieval and early modern to modern time periods, as well as digital and public history.

The department maintains ongoing relationships and collaborations with groups such as the Washoe County School District, the Nevada Museum of Art and the Newberry Library of Chicago. It also houses the Shared History Program - Northern Nevada's premiere public and oral history program. As part of a dedication to a wider university and public engagement, the department of history also hosts lectures, conferences and special events for scholars and the general public throughout the academic year.

Students immerse themselves in primary research and produce dissertations in their senior year on their findings. Possible dissertation topics include Nevada and the West, U.S. history, American studies, cultural history, history of science, history of medicine, or selected fields in European history.

View the history graduate program handbook.

How do I apply?

All applicants must meet the admissions standards of the University Graduate School and hold a Bachelor's or a Master's degree in History or a closely related discipline. Applicants without a Master's degree applying for direct admission to our Ph.D. program must have excellent GRE scores and an exceptional academic record. Admission to full graduate standing for Ph.D. applicants requires a grade point average of 3.0 or higher in all undergraduate and graduate work and satisfactory scores on the GRE general test.

Applicants to the Ph.D. program should contact the director of graduate studies in the department of history. Ph.D. admissions are entirely separate from M.A. admissions and completion of the M.A. program at the University of Nevada, Reno does not ensure admission to the Ph.D. program.

Is funding available?

Each year the department of history offers a limited number of assistantships. Graduate assistants are exempt from out-of-state tuition and receive a substantial waiver for their course fees.

Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to applicants with graduate standing in history. Duties may include leading undergraduate discussion sessions, grading examinations and reports, proctoring examinations, lecturing and aiding research projects. Graduate assistants must register for a minimum of six graduate credits each semester and are not permitted to hold other employment within the University and Community College System of Nevada without the approval of the graduate director and the Graduate School.

Learn more on history graduate assistantships

What's next?

You can apply now if you are ready to begin at the University or contact the graduate director to learn more about the Ph.D. in history program.

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