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Graduate Program in History

The Department of History offers a full range of courses in American history and European history, as well as programs in Asian history, Latin American history and Ottoman history. It has thematic concentrations in women, gender and sexuality, imperialism and colonialism, and science, technology, and medicine, as well as global and environmental history and the history of capitalism. While concentrating on the history of one nation or geographic area, students are encouraged to develop a comparative or global perspective in their work.

Special Programs/Resources: The Department cooperates closely with a host of interdisciplinary programs and departments to offer students additional instruction in comparative and world history perspectives. These include the Departments of Asian and Asian American Studies, Africana Studies and Judaic Studies. In addition, students often engage in transdisciplinary programs, such as the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, the Center of the Historical Study of Women and Gender, the Middle East and North African Studies Program, and the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems and Civilizations.

Requirements for Degree: Master's students must complete 32 credit hours toward their degree in history, including one required course in historiography and one research seminar, with a B average or higher. They must also successfully complete the M.A. examination in their area or defend an MA portfolio The writing of a M.A. thesis is optional and is undertaken in addition to the M.A. examination or portfolio defense. After successful completion of the M.A. and an additional 24 credit hours, doctoral candidates are required to take a comprehensive examination. The examination covers both major and minor fields and includes a dissertation prospectus. All PhD students must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than their native language. With completion of the dissertation, students must pass a formal defense with their advisor and two committee members in addition to an external observer.


Major Fields

United States Middle East and Ottoman
Medieval Europe East Asia
Early Modern Europe Science, Technology, and Medicine
Modern Europe Women, Gender, and Sexuality
Latin America Global
Imperialism and Colonialism  

Minor Fields

African Diaspora Race and Ethnicity
Environmental Studies Russian and Soviet History
Human Rights & International Law South Asia
Jewish Studies Urban History
Labor Violence

How to Apply:

The Graduate School of Binghamton University centralizes the admissions process and collects all applications and materials. Prospective students can request to be added to the Graduate School's email/mail list (to which departments have access) by completing the Prospective Student Information Form.

Applicants should see Admission Requirements and the online application on the Graduate School website. Prospective students are encouraged to contact The Graduate School (607-777-2151; with any questions they have during the application process.

Additional Application Requirements

Applicants must submit college transcripts, GRE scores, an example of their written work (e.g., a paper submitted in an advanced undergraduate or graduate course), letters of recommendation, and a 2-3 page statement of personal interest. The statement of interest is your opportunity to introduce yourself to professors in the Department of History and to explain to them why you wish to study history under their guidance. They will read these statements carefully and will pay particular attention to how well they are written. That every applicant has a "passion" for studying some aspect of history is assumed. Therefore, the best statements of interest focus on answering the following questions. What goals do you hope to achieve by receiving graduate education in history? What sub-field of history or approach to studying the past most interests you and why? Which historians in our department appear best suited to guide you? The best letters of intent also explain any unusual aspects of your candidacy and any personal attributes or experiences that make you an especially interesting applicant.

A fuller description of what makes a good personal statement can be found at:

Those considering applying to graduate programs in history would do well to consult an article called "Navigating the Graduate Admissions Process," originally appearing in Perspectives on History, published by the American Historical Association and available online at:

Application Deadlines:

The application deadline for fall admission with funding is January 15 (April 15 without funding). For spring semester admission, the deadline is November 1.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is offered primarily in the form of teaching assistantships that combine an annual stipend and a summer fellowship. These start at $17,000 a year for up to five years. Teaching assistantships include full-time tuition waivers and excellent medical insurance. Clifford Clark Underrepresented Minority Fellowships are also available. Most doctoral students receive a dissertation writing fellowship during their last two years of funding. Residents of New York who are admitted without an assistantship or fellowship may apply for the Tuition Assistance Program and often obtain on-campus employment. Graduate students in History are also eligible for a range of generous travel grants to enable them to learn languages in an immersion setting, to conduct dissertation research, or to present papers at conferences.  For more information regarding financial aid please visit the graduate school financial support page.

Spring 2018 office hours:

Director of Graduate Studies-Professor Fa-ti Fan
Office Hours:  Monday 1:30pm-3:00pm, Wednesday 2:00pm-3:30pm
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For More Information:

Please contact the Graduate Secretary, Keith Limbach, at .

Additionally, you can check the Binghamton University Course Bulletin for complete and detailed information on all courses and programs.

Last Updated: 4/2/18