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History

The Ph.D. Program in History at the CUNY Graduate Center is a major center for research and graduate training in a wide array of fields of historical inquiry, ranging from ancient to contemporary times and covering Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East.
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The Ph.D. Program in History at the CUNY Graduate Center is a major center for research and graduate training in a wide array of fields of historical inquiry, ranging from ancient to contemporary times and covering Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East.

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Degree Offered

Ph.D. in History

Full-time

Admissions Deadlines

January 1 for fall
(No spring enrollment)

Upcoming Event

Nationalization and Globalization in Competition: The 1992 Olympics and the New Europe

Friday, October 7, 2022

12:30 pm — 2:00 pm

The Ph.D. Program in History at the CUNY Graduate Center is a major center for research and graduate training in a wide array of fields of historical inquiry, ranging from ancient to contemporary times and covering Europe, the Americas, and the Middle East. The program stresses training in primary research and encourages interdisciplinary study. The distinguished faculty, consisting of more than 70 respected historians throughout the CUNY system, works closely with the approximately 125 Ph.D. students throughout their studies at the Graduate Center.

Learn more about our curriculum and current courses.

Additional information on History program events, funding, job opportunities, news and more, is available at our History program blog.

Fields of Study

Students gain a range of knowledge as they choose a field of study for their major and another for their minor. Major fields of study include: Early Modern Europe, Modern Europe, Latin America, U.S History, and Middle Eastern History.

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History Program Blog

The program hosts events throughout the year, including an annual graduate student conference and lectures from renowned historians. The Graduate Center's location in midtown Manhattan enables students to take advantage of numerous resources for historical research in the area, including the collections at the nearby New York Public Library.

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Support

Students are supported by a variety of forms of financial aid and have broad opportunities to teach at the CUNY undergraduate and other area colleges. Graduates of the program teach in universities across the country and abroad, and work in archives, publishing houses, and public history positions. The Graduate Center is a publicly funded institution, and much of our support for students comes from private donations.

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Jonathan Sassi

Executive Officer and Professor, History

Marilyn Weber

Academic Program Officer, History; Academic Program Officer, Biography and Memoir; Community Facilitator, CUNY Academic Commons