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History, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 60 months
University rank #531 (QS) , MA,
The department at Clark University offers graduate History programs in two broad areas: United States and Atlantic History, with tracks in the history of the United States and in the history of the Atlantic World,Holocaust History and Genocide Studies, with tracks in Holocaust History and in Genocide Studies.


The Clark University History Department is small, and of unusually high quality, activity, and visibility in the field. Because of our size and activity, and because we consider it vital to give proper mentoring and attention to each of our graduate students, we admit only a few graduate students each year. 

This close mentoring has resulted in some of our students having articles and conference papers accepted by professional journals and organizations before they have even begun their dissertations. 

At the same time, we admit a sufficient number of students to form a critical mass for the social and intellectual fellowship vital to a healthy learning environment. In addition, the requirement that students take some courses outside of history enlarges the graduate community as well as the intellectual horizons of our students.

Course structure

Graduate course work includes reading seminars (colloquia), research seminars, and individual tutorials for both reading and research purposes. Graduate students may also register in upper-division undergraduate courses at a graduate level that requires more intensive work. First- and second-year students in the doctoral program take three courses each semester, one of which must be expressly devoted to the production of a research paper. Faculty advisers help incoming students design their programs, which may include courses in other departments.


Clark University is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 60 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Era of the American Revolution
  • The Early American Republic
  • U.S. Urban History
  • Special Topics in American History
  • Renaissance and Reformation
  • Africans in the Americas, 1500-1888
  • Exploring Early American History at Old Sturbridge Village
  • Research Seminar
  • American Consumer Culture
  • History of Sexuality: 1750 to the Present
  • Gender and the American City
  • The American Civil War
  • The Age of Lincoln
  • Special Topics: African-American Internationalism
  • Reconstruction: America after the Civil War, 1865-1877
  • History of American Women
  • The Black Radical Tradition
  • History of the American South
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • Russian Visual Culture
  • Blacks & Reds: African Americans, Socialists, and Communists in the 20th Century
  • Comparative Colonialism
  • The Caribbean in the Era of Slavery, 1492-1886
  • Early Modern Britain
  • Women in European History
  • History of the Armenian Genocide

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • This programme accepts GRE® scores. However, it does not provide a recommended score range.

    The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. The GRE® General Test contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.

General Requirements

Application Requirements

  • Application fee (nonrefundable): $75
  • Personal statement 
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • All academic transcripts
  • TOEFL  or IELTS scores are required for all international applicants

Tuition Fee

  • International

    46850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46850 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • National

    46850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46850 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
  • In-State

    46850 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 46850 USD per year and a duration of 60 months.
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Living costs for Worcester

  • 1100 - 1620 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Clark rewards strong applicants with generous merit-based scholarships, equal to 25% to 100% of tuition, and assistantships, where students work with faculty or professional staff on special projects while earning a stipend that helps fund their education.

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