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Graduate Programs

The Department of History at the University of Maryland is an excellent place to pursue graduate degrees in a wide variety of fields.

The Department of History at the University of Maryland is an excellent place to pursue graduate degrees in a wide variety of fields.  With an outstanding and productive faculty and extraordinary resources on campus and in the Washington DC metropolitan area, the history department offers four degree programs—the M.A., the Ph.D., the HiLS program (a dual degree program in History and Library Science) and the HiHP program (a dual degree program in History and Historic Preservation).  In addition, students can pursue certificates in historic preservation and museum scholarship. 

The department offers the M.A. and Ph.D. in a wide range of fields. We offer especially strong programs in American history, including African-American and American women’s history, and also in the history of the Middle East, Western and Central Europe, the ancient Mediterranean, medieval and early modern Europe, Russia and the Soviet Union, Latin America and in Jewish history.  We also offer exciting new programs in Atlantic history, the African diaspora, international history and global interaction and exchange.  For more information on all fields of study, view our research fields page.

The 100 students in our three degree programs come from across the nation and abroad, from small liberal arts colleges and major research institutions. Our most recent graduates have found jobs or post doctoral fellowships at such colleges, universities and institutions as George Washington University, Ohio University, Morgan State University, Iowa State University, the University of Miami, Johns Hopkins University, Bucknell University, Framingham State University, Eastern Michigan University, Claremont-McKenna College, the National Archives and Records Administration, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, American Battle Monuments Commission and the CIA.  The members of our extended alumni community, numbering over three hundred master of arts and doctoral recipients, work as professional historians throughout the State of Maryland, in a number of United States Government agencies and at institutions of higher education and historical research across the United States and the globe.

Research Fields

Doctoral students should choose one of the following as their “major field” of study:

  • Europe
  • Global Interaction and Exchange
  • Jewish History (Classical Antiquity to the Present)
  • Latin America
  • Middle East
  • Technology, Science, and Environment
  • United States


M.A. and HiLS students can choose any of the Fields of Study for the Ph.D. as their major field and write their theses or take their examinations in that field. In addition, they can also choose one of the following fields currently not available to Ph.D. students: Africa, early modern and modern Britain, early modern and modern East Asia.

For more information about research fields, go to our research fields page.

Facts and Figures

Graduate students in the Department of History make up part of a large, international student community at the University of Maryland. See the Choose Maryland page for a statistical overview of the Maryland student body as well as the Graduate School's graphic on the demographic makeup of the graduate student population.

A statistical overview of the history doctoral program, which includes a comprehensive listing of dissertations completed since 1937 as well as in progress, is available through the American Historical Association's online Guide to History Doctoral Programs in the United States and Canada.

The Graduate Program makes available a general Fact Sheet by request. Historical information on alumni placement and employment is also available.

Program Coordinator

Jodi Hall

Graduate Coordinator, History

2131 Francis Scott Key Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-4268

Director of Graduate Studies

Alejandro Cañeque

Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, History

2131A Francis Scott Key Hall
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-4267