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History, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #2 (QS) Stanford, CA, United States
The primary goal of Stanford's Department of History's graduate program is the training of scholars. Most students who receive doctorates in the program will go on to teach at colleges or universities. Other students have positions in university administration and research.
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  • History is a pragmatic discipline in which the analysis of change over time involves sifting the influences and perspectives that affect the course of events, and evaluating the different forms of evidence historians exploit to make sense of them. 
  • Teaching students how to weigh these sources and convert the findings into persuasive analysis lies at the heart of the department's teaching.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description

      The Department of History expects most PhD students to spend no less than four and no more than six years to complete work for the PhD degree.

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

History has the following 14 Major fields for satisfying the Ph.D.:

  • Africa
  • Britain
  • Early Modern Europe
  • East Asia (China/Japan/Korea)
  • Eastern Europe/Russia
  • History of Science
  • Jewish History
  • Latin America
  • Medieval Europe
  • Middle East and Central Asia
  • Modern Europe
  • South Asia
  • TIG (Transnational, International, and Global)
  • United States

The department expects most graduate students to spend no less than four and no more than six years completing the work for the Ph.D. degree. Individual students' time to degree will vary with the strength of their undergraduate preparation as well as with the particular language and research requirements of their respective Major fields.

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Admission to the graduate program in history is highly selective. About 10-15 students, admitted from a large pool of applicants, matriculate in the program each year. 
  • The small cohort size allows more individual work with faculty than most graduate programs. This helps to make funding in one form or another more available to most students admitted to the Ph.D. program.
Application Requirements
  • Application Fee - $125. Application fees are non-refundable and submitted with the online application.
  • Statement of purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores
  • Official TOEFL scores (if applicable),
  • Academic Transcripts for both undergraduate and graduate institutions

Tuition Fee

Fellowship/assistantship salary and tuition guaranteed for first five years of the program for all students, including international students

Living costs for Stanford

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


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