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Graduate History Degrees

Graduate work is offered in all fields of history for which faculty is currently available. Students applying for admission to graduate study in history must be approved by the majority of the history faculty. Students seeking graduate degrees in history must present an undergraduate transcript with at least a 3.0 average in all history courses and a 2.8 overall average that shows at least 12 credits earned in a foreign language.

Degree Programs

Candidates must fulfill the requirements of the Department of History and of the Graduate College. 

Master of Arts

The Department of History offers both thesis and non-thesis Master's degree options. The work toward an M.A. degree stresses a balance of course work and independent research.

Ph.D. in Historical Archaeology

This doctoral program is offered in collaboration with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and entails coursework in both history and anthropology and working with faculty in both departments. The program includes comprehensive exams and completion of a dissertation based on original research.

Graduate Program Requirements

Undergraduate Preparation

The ideal preparation for graduate study in history is a B.A. or B.S. in history from an accredited institution.

The department, at its discretion, may accept applicants with a B.A. or B.S. in humanities or social science fields applicable to history (e.g., political science, philosophy, English, anthropology).

Standard Examinations for Admission (M.A. and Ph.D.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Applicants whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 575 on the TOEFL to be considered for admission.


Physical Address:
315 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
History Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, ID 83844-3175

Phone: 208-885-6253

Fax: 208-885-5221


Web: History Department