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Graduate Program


The graduate program in the University of Rochester's Department of History is a small and select one that offers both MA and PhD degrees. The program uniquely combines the personal attention of a tutorial system with the resources of a major research institution. While in residence, students have access to distinguished faculty, a world-class library, and the opportunity to interact with other leading departments.

The graduate program revolves around the research and writing interests of the faculty. These fall into three spheres of inquiry:

  • The world of nations: emphasizes the complications of government, nationalism, war, and power
  • The world of goods: concentrates on commerce and trade, and the supporting institutions and consequence of various modes of production and consumption
  • The world of knowledge: focuses on the production and uses of ideas

Because these areas of inquiry are not confined to a single nation-state, the department strives to provide opportunities for transnational and comparative study, and encourages dissertations with that emphasis.

Please consult the MA handbook or the PhD handbook for the most up-to-date requirements of the graduate program, including comprehensive exams, language requirements, teaching assistantships, and advisor selection. For rules and regulations concerning graduate-level study at the University of Rochester, see the Graduate Bulletin.

For more information on our graduate program, please fill out this form.