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 fields such as American, European, East Asian, Latin American and Ottoman history. 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.

Our graduate students edit and produce our very own Binghamton Journal of History, an outlet for premier undergraduate and graduate work by Binghamton University students.

Degrees Offered

  • PhD in History
  • MA in History

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors in their field(s) of interest, mixing seminar coursework with the pursuit of individual research projects. As they learn to produce original research in their area of specialization, they will benefit from the support of a diverse graduate student community that includes many international students. MA students will have the opportunity to develop a research portfolio, something that offers tangible evidence of the skills and knowledge that they have mastered. PhD students must produce a dissertation, a lengthier and more in-depth study that produces new knowledge for fellow historians and for the broader public. Students in both MA and PhD programs present their research findings at our annual Graduate Research Conference, and many will also share their discoveries at one of our many history workshops, which offer an opportunity to practice oral presentation skills, exchange ideas and develop lasting scholarly partnerships.

Our program offers training in such specialized skills as HGIS, and we work with language and literature departments to provide support for language acquisition. The Department also provides teaching and graduate assistantships as well as support for research travel and language study abroad on a competitive basis. Students may also garner financial support and professional experience through one of the Graduate School's many graduate assistant positions. Entrepreneurial students will uncover such possibilities as co-editing the Binghamton Journal of History, assisting the Journal of Women's History or mounting an exhibit for the University Art Museum or Special Collections. In addition, PhD students and leading MA students will have the opportunity to teach summer courses.


Funding is reserved for PhD track students (including MA and PhD combined). Generally, funding consists of being a Graduate Assistant (GA) or Teaching Assistant (TA). Students receive a tuition scholarship and a monthly stipend. MA only students are typically not eligible for funding.

Qualified individuals could also apply for the Clifford D. Clark Diversity Fellowship. To be eligible, you must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident and a new graduate student planning to enroll full-time during the award period. You also must meet one or more of the following diversity criteria: Member of a group historically underrepresented in higher education (African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander or Hispanic American); raised in a single-parent household; first-generation college student; history of overcoming disadvantage. Although membership in a group historically underrepresented in higher education is considered, it does not form the full basis for the awards. Each applicant will be evaluated on his or her own merit.

After You Graduate

The History Department's Professional Development Committee helps prepare students for graduation, offering workshops in writing CVs and cover letters, managing job interviews and applications, and more. Our Center for Career and Professional Development is another resource we offer to help students assemble a resume, find internships and networking opportunities, and succeed after graduation.

Our alumni have been competitive on the job market, including the academic job market in the United States and internationally. Recent doctoral graduates have found tenure-track positions at such institutions as Florida State University, SUNY Delhi and Wheaton College. 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. Several have opted to pursue careers as academic advisors and still others have opted for careers outside of academe, with the National Park Service, political campaigns, high schools, and private industry.

Admission Requirements


There are many funding and scholarship opportunities at Binghamton. We encourage prospective students to review available program-specific scholarships and awards, and visit the program's website for additional information. PhD students who are registered and/or certified full-time will receive a scholarship that covers the cost of broad-based fees (this does not include international student fees). Note: Master's students are generally self-funded, although funding opportunities occasionally arise.

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!

For more information, visit the History website.