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Graduate Program

The Rutgers University History Department at New Brunswick provides outstanding academic opportunities for advanced study leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. These programs are driven by a distinguished faculty of over sixty historians whose interests and courses cover almost every period and area of study. The department is particularly noted for its strengths both in traditional regional specialties (the histories of the U.S., Europe, Latin America, for example) and in thematic, transnational and comparative fields, including the history of Atlantic cultures and the African diaspora; women's and gender history; social and cultural-intellectual history; African-American history; comparative and global history; and the history of science, technology, environment, and health. In recent years, we have built on these strengths while expanding our geographic scope to include East Asia and Africa. Recent surveys of history graduate programs by U.S. News and World Report have consistently ranked our programs in women's and gender historyModern U.S. history, and African-American history as among the very finest in the nation.

Facilities, Centers, and Projects

Rutgers University is richly endowed with facilities for graduate study and research. The Rutgers University Library System contains over two million bound volumes as well as superb collections of government documents, manuscripts, pamphlets, maps, and other research materials. Within easy traveling distance are outstanding libraries, archives, and historical societies in the New York and Philadelphia areas.

The department is home to several affiliated centers and projects. The Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis offers an opportunity for graduate students and visiting scholars from diverse fields to explore major themes in historical studies. The interdisciplinary Rutgers British Studies Center offers a wide variety of programming—lectures, workshops, team-taught graduate courses, and conferences—in all aspects of British history and culture. 

Doctoral Degree

The objectives and degree requirements for the doctoral degree program are detailed in the Program Description.

Master’s Degree in Global and Comparative History

The Rutgers—New Brunswick History Department offers a master’s degree program in Global and Comparative History. Other master’s degree programs in history are offered at the Newark and Camden campuses. 

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