The doctoral program aims to train graduate students for a career of research and teaching at the university level, or for work in other areas that draw upon historical research skills and learning. It is comprised of three distinct phases: one year of course work (three full courses); comprehensive exams written in three fields in the second year; and the preparation of a doctoral dissertation after the second year. All requirements for the degree must be completed within 18 terms (six years).
In their first year, doctoral students select from a range of courses that will prepare them for their comprehensive exams.
Further information on courses can be found under the menu "Courses". More detailed information on the structure of the MA and PHD can be found under "Regulations".
Applicants for study towards the Ph.D. degree are normally considered for admission only after they have been graduate students at a recognized university for at least one year and have been awarded the Master's degree or an equivalent, with at least a B+ average, indicating preparation for advanced graduate work in history. If admitted, such applicants become candidates (Ph.D. I).