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History, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #251 (WUR) , MA,
The department offers graduate 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.


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 advisors help incoming students design their programs, which may include courses in other departments or colleges in the Worcester Consortium. In addition to meeting the 12-course requirement, a student who enters without an M.A. degree usually spends at least two full-time years at Clark, must satisfy the language requirement, teach at the college level, pass the preliminary examination, and write a doctoral dissertation within seven years of matriculation. (Residency for part-time Ph.D. students is defined in terms of courses taken.)


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 12 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 TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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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.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

Application Requirements

  • Application Fee: $75 (non-refundable), submitted with your online application.
  • Personal Statement: Please discuss your academic interests and goals. Include your current research interests as well as your long-range research, teaching, or other professional objectives. Reference any relevant published articles, books, research, inventions or other creative work in your discussion.
  • Resume: Optional
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three recommendations focusing on academic qualifications are required.
  • GRE Scores: Strongly recommended.
  • Official transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    44050 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 44050 USD per year and a duration of 12 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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