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The Department of History at Temple University offers full-time graduate programs leading to a master’s (M.A.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees.  We offer several four-year graduate teaching assistantships to incoming doctoral students and a variety of funding packages to master’s students in public history.  Additionally, the University offers fellowships on a competitive basis.

Program Overview

Since 2010, Temple’s History Department has been the editorial home of the Journal of the Early Republic, reflecting our long-standing strength in early American and early republic history.

Temple’s History Department is a leader in the history of foreign relations; our in-house research center, the Center for Force and Diplomacy (CENFAD) supports graduate student travel and research through various grants and awards.  We offer an endowed graduate assistantship for students in foreign relations, as well as an endowed graduate assistantship in military history.

At our Center for Public History we have an M.A. program in public history that maintains extensive relationships with Philadelphia-area museums and historical sites.  Each year, one of our doctoral students is an intern at the Philadelphia History Museum.

The History Department has initiated graduate student exchanges with the University of Angers (France) and the University of East Anglia (England) affording our graduate students the opportunity to study and teach abroad.

Graduates of the Temple graduate programs in History work at numerous colleges and universities in tenured and tenure-track positions, as historians for the federal and state governments, in museums, university presses, and as university administrators.

Programs of Study

M.A in History

The M.A. graduate program in history is designed to provide graduate students with a strong foundation in historical knowledge and the methods of historical research. The program prepares students for doctoral level programs, provides graduate level training for educators, promotes expertise in public history, and serves post-undergraduate students continuing their history training at the M.A. level. The curriculum structure for the program allows students to concentrate their coursework in one geographical area as defined below, while taking courses in methods and other geographical areas as well. M.A. students can pursue their degree on a part-time basis. The Department offers no funding for master’s level study. Time Limit for Degree Completion: 3 years

Ph.D. in History

The History Department’s Ph.D. program is a vibrant, engaged intellectual community of scholars and students. We work across all historical periods and methodologies. The thrust of the Ph.D. program is to prepare professional historians who are equipped to function in either academia or in public history.

Admissions Process

Admissions requirements to the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in history follows the general requirements established by the Graduate School at Temple University. Learn more about the university admissions requirements for the history M.A. and Ph.D. programs.

Careers

Graduates of the M.A. and Ph.D. programs in history work at numerous colleges and universities in tenured and tenure-track positions, as historians for the federal and state governments, in museums, university presses, and as university administrators.