Our median time-to-degree is less than the national average for History Ph.D.s.

What does it cost?

Check out our cost calculator or visit student financial services for information on estimated costs.

How long will it take?

The Ph.D. is typically a 5-6-year commitment and usually requires a master’s degree prior to entering the program. Two years of coursework are followed by comprehensive exams and then researching and writing a dissertation. Fully funded students receive a 5-year aid package.

Where will I take classes?

Application Deadlines View Admissions Requirements

  • Fall:
    • Deadline for funding consideration: February 1
    • Final deadline: March 1
  • Spring: Does not admit
  • Summer: Does not admit

History, Ph.D.

Greg Moore, Graduate Director
[email protected]

The Ph.D. in History at Georgia State prepares students for a wide range of careers, both inside and outside the academy. Students develop deep expertise in the historical literature of their chosen field of study, learn to employ a diverse array of theories and methodologies including cutting-edge digital technologies for researching and disseminating historical scholarship and master the skills of communication necessary to thrive in today’s job market.

Cohorts of 10-12 students begin each fall semester and students receive individual attention and work together through the year.

Program Details

Students admitted to the Ph.D. program typically have completed an M.A. in History or a parallel field (for example, American Studies), although highly competitive applicants are sometimes admitted to the fast-track M.A./Ph.D. program.

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Writing Sample (sample of previous scholarly work)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing Systems) academic scores (International applicants only)
  • Transcripts (one from each institution attended)
  • GRE NOT required

Please visit the department's website for specific instructions related to the statement of purpose and letters of recommendation.

Ph.D. students in History learn to:

  • Identify and analyze a wide variety of primary sources, from traditional archival resources to oral histories, sound recordings, material culture and visual art
  • Connect their historical research to pressing contemporary concerns and articulate its broader importance
  • Master technologies such as digital mapping and web design to present historical findings
  • Communicate their research effectively as writers and public speakers



The History Department at Georgia State is at the forefront of the movement for career diversity, winning multiple grants in recent years to develop new curricula and professional development opportunities that show how historians contribute to a wide range of organizations, from nonprofits and government to the private sector. Our Ph.D. graduates hold tenure-track positions in higher education as well as apply their skills in tech, real estate, public policy, local government and other fields.


Graduate Director
Greg Moore
Associate Professor, History
[email protected]

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