History Department
History Department

Graduate Program Degrees

The University of Texas' graduate program in history is designed primarily for students seeking to pursue the doctorate; only in exceptional circumstances do we admit students for the master's as a terminal degree. Most students either enter our program already holding an M.A. from another institution or earn an M.A. in our program en route to the Ph.D. Students entering with a bachelor’s degree may also choose to proceed directly to a Ph.D. without taking an M.A.

Full details on requirements and procedures for earning both the M.A. and Ph.D. can be found in the Official Guide to Graduate Study in History (PDF). More information about graduate examinations is provided in the Guide to Comprehensive Qualifying Examinations (PDF).

Below is a suggested timeline for completing requirements for the Ph.D. in a timely manner.

First Year

  • Take Intro to Historical Inquiry
  • Pass first foreign language exam
  • Decide on supporting field

Second Year

  • Undergo review by GPC (in October)
  • Arrange for approval of transfer credit (up to 12 hours), if applicable
  • Complete coursework
  • Decide on exam fields and exam committee

Third Year

  • Read for comprehensive qualifying exam (register for HIS 393L)
  • Pass 2nd language exam (if applicable)
  • Apply for research funding
  • Pass comprehensive qualifying exam (by end of spring semester)

Fourth Year

  • Do research for dissertation

Fifth Year (and beyond)

  • Write dissertation
  • Defend dissertation
  • Submit dissertation