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History, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 78 months
University rank #102 (WUR) Washington, D. C., DC, United States
Welcome to Georgetown’s Ph.D. program in History! We are a top-notch program with strengths in multiple fields, including the United States, Early Modern and Modern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Russia and the Soviet Union, and East Asia. 
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The Ph.D. program is open to students with a B.A. or an M.A. in history or a related field, and whose academic records demonstrate the capacity for high-quality, full-time work toward the doctoral degree. Doctoral studies focus on the preparation of fields that are individually designed and developed with the guidance of the faculty mentor and supervisory committee, followed by the completion of a dissertation.

Our Ph.D. program has much to offer. In addition to the attention of a distinguished and award-winning History faculty, our students benefit from Georgetown’s many regional studies programs and intellectual centers, where interdisciplinary activity is prized. Opportunities for language training abound.

Our doctoral program is collegial and collaborative, with a vibrant intellectual life. Outside of class, students participate in seminars and conferences along with faculty, share in the activities of our Institute for Global History, grow through professional development workshops, and socialize with each other when the academic day is over. It’s a fun place to be a serious historian.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 78 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Coursework in our program is intended to provide students with a solid knowledge of historiography in their specialty, substantial experience in archival research, and the opportunity to explore new fields, themes, and methods of inquiry.
  • Generally, doctoral students take three courses each semester for their first two years in the program. All students must take the Core Colloquium in their first semester and complete a two-semester research seminar.

Courses include: 

  •  Global and International History
  •  Pacific Empires 
  •  African and the History of Capitalism 
  • Divided Germany 
  •  The Magic of History 
  •  Europe and the Early Modern Wor1d 

English Language Requirements

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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 Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose (500 words max)
  • Writing Sample (20-25 pages for MAGIC; minimum 25 pages for PhD)
  • Supplemental Data Form (MAGIC program only)
  • Official Transcripts - required from all institutions from which the applicant has or will earn a degree (undergraduate, graduate, and/or associates) by the time of matriculation at Georgetown; unofficial non-degree coursework transcripts should be uploaded directly to the online application
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • GRE General Test
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample

Tuition Fee

  • International

    49332 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49332 USD per year and a duration of 78 months.
  • National

    49332 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 49332 USD per year and a duration of 78 months.
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Living costs for Washington, D. C.

  • 1705 - 2980 USD/month
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