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 both 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 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 to complete the program.

Click on items of interest in the menu to the left for detailed information about specific aspects of the program. The Ph.D. Program Overview offers a concise look at the steps you will need to take as you move toward degree completion.