The Graduate Program in History

The History Department at Brown trains MA and PhD students in a wide range of fields, methodologies, and regions of the globe. As a medium-sized program, we offer an intimate setting that fosters tightly-knit cohorts and that offers the opportunity to work closely with world-class scholars in research and teaching. Our department consists of a community of scholars – graduate students, undergraduates, and faculty – who share the values of the pursuit of history: exacting research in first-hand materials, critical context building, and the analysis of problems in the long term. We aim for a diverse intellectual atmosphere and a diverse student body, and prize comparative, connective, and collaborative thinking across chronological and geographical borders. Both our terminal MA and our PhD programs are designed to help students develop flexible skill sets that will enable them to meet their professional and intellectual goals. Recipients of Brown graduate degrees hold positions in many distinguished educational institutions around the world; they also work in consultancies, foundations, museums, and archives, and in politics and media.

Our Admissions page leads to information on deadlines and requirements for applying to our MA and PhD programs.

We accept graduate applications in twelve major fields of study; as you will see on the linked individual faculty pages, our intersecting and developing research interests reach well beyond those.

Our terminal MA in History features two possible specializations depending on a student’s post-degree goals: a Professional track and a Research track.

The PhD Program page is the starting place for prospective and current doctoral students. Here you will find detailed information including a handbook outlining the program curriculum and requirements and descriptions of what our current students are working on.

Fellowships and Financial aid provides an overview of major internal and external sources of funding.

Our Careers page features professional initiatives, community workshops, and information about where our department alumni are now.

Director of Graduate Studies:
Professor Rebecca Nedostup