History, PhD

The Graduate Program in History at the University of Pennsylvania has a long tradition of distinction. Beginning as one of the first programs in the United States to offer doctoral study in history, (the first Ph.D. in History was conferred in 1891); the Department continues to pioneer new areas of scholarship. In the last twenty years, faculty members of the departments in American, European, and World History have assumed a leading role in their fields. Today, few departments in the country match Penn's Department of History in coverage and depth across the entire range of history from medieval times to the present.

View the University’s Academic Requirements for PhD Degrees.

Sample Plan of Study

The total course units required for graduation is 14.

Year 1
Fall
Proseminar in History
Select two other courses
Spring
Proseminar in History
Select two other courses
Qualifying Examination
Year 2
Fall
Select two courses
Teaching Requirement
Spring
Select two courses
Teaching Requirement
Complete Research Requirement
Summer Dissertation Proposal Workshop
Year 3
Complete course requirements
Teaching Requirements
Complete language requirement before Candidacy Examination
Candidacy Examination
Year 4 and Beyond
Dissertation Research

Program Milestones

  • Language and Technical Competency Requirement
  • Field Requirements
  • Teaching Requirement

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.