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The Graduate School

History (PHD, MA)

Program Overview

The Department of History offers graduate programs leading to the Master of Art (MA) and Doctorate of Philosophy (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, our 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. We cooperate closely with a host of interdisciplinary programs and departments to offer students additional instruction in comparative and world history perspectives.

We are also home to the Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender, which facilitates Women and Social Movements in the Unites States, 1600-2000 — one of the premier resources on the Internet for the teaching of U.S. history. With 116 document projects and archives of more than 4,500 documents intended for research and teaching purposes, it also features a full-text search that includes authors’ databases.

Currently, we also house the Journal of Women’s History. This award-winning journal is the first to be exclusively dedicated to the international field of women’s history, promoting comparative and transnational approaches to the history of gender, sexuality and women’s experiences. The journal will remain at Binghamton University through 2018.

Degrees Offered

  • PHD in History
  • MA in History

Internships, research opportunities and more

The focus of our program is research, and the aim is to produce original works of scholarship that demonstrate your preparation for academia. We publish two journals (Binghamton Journal of History and the Journal of Women’s History) to which students are encouraged to contribute, and our distinguished faculty have published extensively in a book and journals relating to a wide cross-section of time periods. In addition to expertise on times, places, and cultures, we also encourage the study of concepts throughout time, such as the history of medicine, nationalism, and more. The university library is home to vast collections, including a specialized archive of unique works held by our Center for the Historical Study of Women and Gender. Courses of study are determined with the assistance of an advisor, who will help you to select subjects that develop your interests while also diversifying your knowledge base for greater success. Our Career Development Center is another resource we offer to help students assemble a resume, find internships and networking opportunities, and succeed after graduation. 

After You Graduate

Recent alumni now instruct at a number of colleges and universities across the nation, as well as internationally. Our MA students have been accepted to PhD programs at a number of institutions, and are now training to be the professors and researchers of tomorrow. Other career paths pursued have been with the National Park Service, political campaigns, high schools, and private industries. Recent doctoral graduate placements include: assistant professor at Piedmont Community College, assistant professor at Manhattanville College, assistant professor at Wilmington College, associate research historian at Princeton University, assistant professor at Lycoming College and fellow at the Gilder-Lehrman Institute.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study, you must:

  • Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
    • You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University
  • Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
    • A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
    • A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
  • Personal statement of 2 to 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 the graduate admissions committee
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores
  • Writing sample: a paper submitted for an advanced undergraduate or graduate course

International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.

  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
  • Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores)

This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements.

Class Profile

Total Enrollment: 72
International / Non-Citizen Enrollment: 38%
GRE Verbal: 74% (includes both PhD and MA)
GPA: 3.61 (includes both PhD and MA)

*Score(s) represent the AVERAGE for the most recently admitted class. Scoring lower will not result in automatic rejection of your application, and scoring higher does not guarantee acceptance.

Deadlines

Degree Fall Spring
PHD in HistoryJanuary 15 (Funding) / April 11-Nov
MA in HistoryJanuary 15 (Funding) / April 11-Nov

For more information, visit the History department page.