Marquette's M.A. and Ph.D. programs in History are especially designed to prepare new teacher-scholars for the demanding academic world of the twenty-first century and to train historians for professional careers. Marquette University also is committed to supporting graduate students in exploring alternative pathways outside employment in higher education, notably through the Center for Teaching and Learning and the Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals program. Graduate degrees from Marquette offer:
With about forty graduate students and nearly twenty faculty members, every student has the opportunity to work closely with faculty members in their fields. Most graduate classes enroll between eight and twelve students.
The History Department offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in early modern and modern European History and in United States history, as well as M.A. degrees in Medieval History and in Global Studies. Ph.D. students develop teaching competencies in East Asian, African, or Latin American history.
The department offers fourteen teaching assistantships and five research assistantships to incoming and continuing students. Senior Ph.D. students are eligible for full-year research fellowships awarded by the graduate school. Most Ph.D. students receive five years of financial aid, ranging from teaching or research assistantships to teaching and research fellowships.
Since 1969, nearly three-fourths of our Ph.D. graduates have obtained tenure-track or full-time positions in colleges and universities. A number of others have become government historians, grant writers, archivists, foundation administrators, or public historians.
Our M.A. students go on to attend law school, teach in public and private high schools, work as curators and museum directors, as well as earn Ph.D.s. Over the past decade, around 40% of the students earning an MA have matriculated into a doctoral program in History. The Ph.D. programs into which they have been accepted in recent years include: University of Wisconsin-Madison (US, Modern European), University of Illinois (Modern European), Purdue University (Early Modern Europe), University of Notre Dame (US, Modern European), Georgetown University (Middle East), University of Oklahoma (Native American), Boston College (Modern European), and the University of Minnesota (medieval, US/Atlantic World).