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Graduate Program

Welcome to the University of Oregon’s History Graduate Program. We are a community of scholars pursuing the study of a wide range of geographical areas and topics. The University of Oregon, moreover, offers an array of related interdisciplinary programs and a research library of more than two million volumes, along with many other resources.

The History Department has an outstanding graduate faculty. We are large enough to have a wide array of geographical and thematic specialties, but small enough to provide close working relationships between faculty and graduate students, as well as a collegial environment.

Our Ph.D. program combines an emphasis on research and teaching designed to equip students to compete successfully for faculty positions. We offer focal fields in the North American West/ Borderlands, Indigenous People/Native Americans, Environmental history, African American/African history, the history of Women/Gender/Sexuality, Asia (with particular strengths in the history of China and Japan), Latin America, and Transnational history. Additionally, we have strengths in the history of Russia, science and the social sciences, and intellectual history. Most of our doctoral students come to UO with a Master’s degree. We also admit a small number of highly qualified students with Bachelor’s degrees into our Ph.D. program.

Our M.A. program provides students and their faculty advisors with maximum flexibility in designing fields of study. Many of our M.A. students choose to continue their studies in our Ph.D. program, while others have won admission into some of the most prestigious programs in North America, including Princeton University, the University of California, Berkeley, the University of Chicago, the University of Toronto, and the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Graduate Employee positions enable graduate students to obtain valuable teaching experience while earning stipends for living expenses, along with tuition waivers, health insurance, and other benefits. Other sources of funding are also available. Ph.D. students who have advanced to candidacy are eligible to teach summer classes of their own design. Most of our doctoral students have been the instructor of record for at least two courses before they graduate.

For more information on applications and financial aid, click on the “Prospective students” link on the right-hand sidebar.