Graduate Degrees & Certificates

The Department of History at Auburn University offers two graduate degree programs and two graduate certificates. These are:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The doctoral program involves a minimum of 55 hours of coursework beyond the baccalaureate degree, as well as a successful defense of a Ph.D. dissertation grounded in extensive original research.

As well as recruiting Ph.D. students completing or with a masters degree in hand, the History Department offers, as well as the M.A. program, a “direct track” Ph.D. program, into which students can enter directly out of their baccalaureate degree. Applicants should contact our Graduate Program Officer to discuss their best course of action in this regard.

Master of Arts (M.A.)

The Master of Arts is a two-year degree for students completing or with a baccalaureate degree in hand. It includes a minumum of 27 hours of coursework, and the degree is completed by the submission and successful defense of a thesis grounded in original research. The Department does not admit students to pursue a non-thesis M.A.

Students concentrating on Archival Studies or Public History are eligible to receive a Certificate in Archival Studies or Public History in addition to their M.A. in History. These certificate programs are designed to give students a grounding in the fundamentals of those fields and to directly prepare our graduates for employment in archival and public history organizations.

M.A. students may also continue their studies by moving onto the Ph.D. program. While Auburn baccalaureates are eligible to apply for the M.A. program, they will not be admitted into the Department's Ph.D. program unless they have completed or are completing a master's degree elsewhere.

Certificates in Archival Studies and Public History

The History Department at Auburn also offers a Certificate in Archival Studies and a Certificate in Public History, both to students enrolled in the Department's M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs, and to students who have already completed a M.L.I.S. or M.A. in History at Auburn or elsewhere.

Graduate Handbook

Students interested in graduate study in history should follow the links above which provide a basic introduction to our program. More detailed information about specific policies, etc., aimed at students currently enrolled, is also available in the Department's Graduate Handbook.


Last Updated: January 16, 2014