A Ph.D. degree in history prepares you to teach university-level courses or work in a variety of jobs related to politics and culture. People who pursue this degree often have a strong interest in research. Their research skills will help them solve complex problems that arise for historical and contemporary social issues. Career options also include policy-making and consulting. Read on to learn how to get a Ph.D. in history.

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Register at the Educational Testing Service website to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). This exam is mandatory for almost all accredited graduate programs in History. Download exam preparation materials and study guides for the GRE at ETS. Many public libraries have GRE test preparation books and classes.

Request admissions applications and financial aid information from a maximum of five schools. Consider whether you are willing to relocate to go to a school before you spend time and money applying to schools outside your local area.

Complete the admissions process for at least two or three schools. Order and pay for your transcripts and GRE test scores. Ask your references to write letters of recommendation and send them to the admissions contact for your department.

Enroll and complete the degree courses. Depending on the school's Ph.D. requirements, expect to finish classes in no more than three years. Many programs require students to pass a comprehensive subject examination before continuing to full Ph.D. candidacy.

Conduct the research for your dissertation and successfully defend it. For most people this takes an additional two years, sometimes more.

Things Needed

  • Transcripts
  • GRE test scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Fellowship or loan

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