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History

The Department of History offers both MA and PhD degrees in several major fields, including those that center on the United States, Europe, Asia, Latin America, and the Ottoman Empire. While concentrating on the history of one nation or geographic area, students are encouraged to develop a comparative or global perspective in their work and may work in thematic areas such as the history of science, medicine and technology; global history; imperialism; and women, gender and sexuality. The department cooperates closely with a host of interdisciplinary programs and departments to offer students additional instruction in comparative and world history perspectives.

Graduate Degrees Offered

  • MA in History
  • PhD in History

Related Programs

Application Deadlines

  Fall Admission Spring Admission
MA January 1 (funding)
April 1 (regular) 
November 1
PhD January 1 (funding)
April 1 (regular) 
November 1

Admission Requirements*

The standards maintained by The Graduate School and individual departments and programs are applied to ensure that applicants admitted to the University are well qualified and trained to study at this institution and have a reasonable expectation of successfully completing a graduate program, and who, with the benefit of graduate education, are most likely to contribute substantially to their academic or professional fields.

To be eligible, you must have and provide:

  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
  • Complete set of your undergraduate and graduate transcripts. At minimum, a 3.0 GPA is required. See details.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Online graduate degree application and application fee
  • Transcripts from each college/university you have attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to your program's admissions committee.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages)
  • Official GRE scores
  • Writing sample (a paper submitted for an advanced undergraduate or graduate course)

And, for international applicants:

  • International Student Financial Statement form (PDF)
  • Official bank statement/proof of support
  • Official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic scores

*This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to keep it accurate and up-to-date, we recommend you contact the department for program-specific requirements.

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Contact

Diane Miller Sommerville, Professor and Graduate Director
sommervi@binghamton.edu
607-777-2251

Christopher Swartz, Graduate Secretary
cswartz@binghamton.edu
607-777-2241

Department of History website

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Last Updated: 12/11/14