Ph.D. in History

At the University of Nevada, Reno, areas of major study (dissertation) for the Ph.D. in History include Nevada and the West, U.S. history, American studies, cultural history, history of science, history of medicine, or selected fields in European history.

How to Apply

  1. Review the requirements for admission
  2. Contact the graduate director to ascertain if you meet minimum qualifications for admission and to determine if your goals for study and research can potentially be realized at the University of Nevada, Reno
  3. Hold a B.A. or M.A. degree in History (or a closely related discipline) from an accredited four-year college or university. 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.
  4. Complete the graduate school application
    1. GRE Scores (must be no more than five years old)
    2. Official transcripts with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (unless the applicant has demonstrated unusual promise during his or her junior and senior years)
    3. A statement of purpose discussing your interests and plans for study and professional work
    4. A writing sample (provide a chapter from your M.A. thesis if applicable).
    5. Three letters of recommendation that discuss your academic qualifications and aptitude for graduate study
    6. International Students please also include a financial data form

Deadline is March 1 for matriculation in the Fall semester.

Before proceeding beyond nine credits of Graduate Study, please review the list of Graduate Program Requirements. In addition, Ph.D. students will need to participate in an entrance interview. Each student in the Ph.D. program will be evaluated by the department during the first six weeks of enrollment beyond the Master's degree. The evaluation will take the form of an interview by the department, to assess background, strengths, possible deficiencies, in order to assist the department in recommending and setting up a program for the student. Based upon this evaluation and the student's subsequent work, his or her committee may recommend a program that includes additional requirements or adjustments.