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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Jan. 15 (Priority Deadline*)
Feb. 15 (Final Deadline)
Jan. 15 (International)
|Transcript(s); Three (3) Letters of Recommendation; GRE G score; Resume; Professional Goal Statement; Writing Sample||
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|Spring: No admittance|
|Summer: No admittance|
Tel. No.: 314.977.2910
|Chair: Philip Gavitt, Ph.D.
Graduate Education Director: T. Michael Ruddy, Ph.D.
*Priority Deadline: Applicants who submit a completed application for admission by this 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
- A completed Declaration of Financial Support packet with all accompanying documents
- TOEFL or IELTS score
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.
- 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.
The number of graduate students who enrolled for the Fall 2008 was double the enrollment from one year earlier; for fall 2011, just over one-third of admitted students enrolled.
Rankings/Honors: U.S. News & World Report "Best Graduate Schools" Top 100 Doctoral program. | SLU's ranked graduate education programs
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. Competency in two foreign languages is required. For U.S. students, demonstration of a deeper comprehension of the first language can replace the second language. For students in Medieval and Early Modern European history, one language must be Latin. | 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: Congressional Aide; 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: Of 24 full-time faculty members, seven (7) published books in 2008. The department is a big culture of scholarship. Numerous graduate student are publishing original work and presenting abstracts internationally and nationally at conferences. Most Master's students advance to Ph.D. program. Graduate education disciplines include: Medieval European History, American History and Early Modern European History.
Campus resources include:
- Knights of Columbus Vatican Film Library
- Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
- Pius XII Memorial Library
- Study Group on Cross-Cultural History
- Access to Missouri Historical Society, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Center for Reformation Research and other metropolitan university libraries
- Annual student participation with Prof. Thomas Finan in the Kilteasheen Archaeological Project in Ireland
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