Carnegie Mellon University

Graduate Studies

Admissions Information

The History Department is now accepting applications for admission to our Phd program. The deadline is January 8, 2019.

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Program Introduction

Graduate Studies

Our program is small by design, and students receive an exceptional level of individual attention from faculty. The program strongly emphasizes research, and all students participate in a year-long research seminar. We also offer several opportunities for students to develop skills that are useful in the academy and beyond: a workshop in digital humanities methods that draws on Carnegie Mellon’s strength in computing and technology; a workshop on public and applied history; and a funded internship program.

Our financial package includes tuition, health insurance, fees, and a living stipend. In addition, we offer several additional scholarships and research grants that make it possible for our students to attend conferences and to conduct research across the United States and abroad.

Our curriculum is based on five thematic areas of faculty strength. These "clusters" include: ;African, African American and African Diaspora; Culture and Power; Women, Gender and the Family; Labor, Politics and Social Movements; and Technology, Environment, Science, and Health. These areas, which cut across national and temporal boundaries, form a common basis for graduate courses. Each semester, one or more courses from these five "clusters" is taught by members of the graduate faculty, on a rotating basis.

Although our curriculum is based in part on these cluster courses, students specialize in a national or regional field. In applying to the program, it is important that prospective students seek out and find a possible advisor or advisors from the field(s) in which they wish to specialize. Our faculty are capable of advising topics in United States, Latin American, Soviet, German, Chinese, and South Asian history.

For examples of potential research topics you might explore as a student in our department, explore our featured dissertation themes.

In addition to strong national/regional training, our program aims to provide students with broad exposure to transnational and comparative issues. Many of our students serve as teaching assistants in a large Global Histories course.

The department’s Ph.D. program bestows a Master’s degree en route to the Ph.D. after the successful completion of two years of course work. It does not offer a separate, terminal Master’s degree or the possibility of online coursework.

In addition to benefiting from the many courses and opportunities at Carnegie Mellon, our students have the opportunity to cross-register for courses at the University of Pittsburgh. We offer several opportunities for our students to connect with students and faculty at Pitt, including the joint CMU-PITT Graduate Student Research Forum.

If you have questions about our program, or would like additional information, please contact Dr. Nico Slate.