Saint Louis University

History | Doctor of Philosophy Degree

The Graduate Program in History at Saint Louis University is one of the oldest in the country, granting its first Ph.D. in 1919. Today we continue that tradition of excellence in graduate education, training students in a variety of historical fields. Our program's reputation is based, above all, on the strength of our faculty, whose research and publications have won national and international recognition.

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Application Deadline for Beginning Term The Application Package Apply Online
Fall: January 15
Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G score; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Writing Sample
(Advantages of the web application)
Spring: No admittance
Summer: No admittance
Tel. No.: 314.977.2910
Chair: Philip Gavitt, Ph.D.
Graduate Education Director: Damien Smith, Ph.D..


Applicants who submit a completed application for admission by the deadline will be eligible to apply for Saint Louis University graduate assistantships. Please contact a representative from the degree program or the Office of Admission for more information.

Required Additional Application Materials for International Students

Check our English Proficiency Policy page for specific TOEFL and IELTS score requirements. You may also visit our international prospects, applicants and students page for more information about international application requirements.

Applicant Criteria

  • Standardized test scores are considered as well as GPA and TOEFL (if applicable)
  • Of every applicant, a committee examines and reviews each item of their application wholly.

History Application Review Process

A standing graduate applicant review committee meets just after the expiration of the application deadline. By the beginning of March, the committee has made its applicant selections based upon committee recommendations.  

Rankings/Honors:  Ranked as one of the top 100 doctoral history programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. | Program Ranking and Overview

Credit Hours/Coursework: Twenty-seven (27) hours of course work beyond the MA is required; thirty-six hours of course work if pursuing the combined MA-Ph.D. A minimum of twelve (12) hours in the primary field and six (6) hours in the secondary field is required. For U.S. history students, competency in one foreign language is required. For medieval and early modern European history students, two languages are required, one of which must be Latin. It is understood that in all fields of study advisors can require additional languages if they are pertinent to the student's research agenda. |  History Graduate Courses

Program Description: The reputation of our program is based, above all, on the strength of our faculty, whose research and publications have won national and international recognition. 'This program familiarizes students with the richness of thought, culture and society of the past. By studying the history of civilization, students become acquainted with all fields in the humanities as well as with developments in other disciplines such as law, medicine, business and technology. | Doctor of Philosophy in History

Careers Possibilities: History professor, congressional aid, foreign service officer, historic site director . | Recent Graduate Placements

Curriculum & Program Details: Doctoral fields are offered in Medieval European, Early Modern European, and American history. | Graduate Policies Handbook

About the History Faculty: The History Department is an active community of diverse and internationally recognized scholars. | History Department Faculty

Scholarships & Financial Aid: The department offers a number of teaching and research assistantships as well as fellowships to assist graduate students; Two years of funding for Master's students (merit based and renewed with demonstrative advancement of thesis/research); Three years of funding for Ph.D. students (merit based and renewed with demonstrative advancement of dissertation/research). | History Funding Opportunities | Student Financial Services at SLU

Program Highlights: The faculty of the history department have published 70 books and hundreds of articles and delivered conference papers across the world from Chile to China.

Campus resources include:

Students holding teaching assistantships will be assigned to lead weekly discussion sections in introductory history classes. Advanced students will also be offered opportunities to teach their own undergraduate courses. | Library Resources | History Graduate Program

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