!Doctoral Program Description

The key objective of the doctoral degree program in History at Rutgers—New Brunswick is to impart rigorous training for innovative research, publication in professional forums, and teaching at the college level. The program is designed for full-time students who ideally will complete the cycle of course work, qualifying examinations, and doctoral dissertation in five years of uninterrupted study. To facilitate this timetable, the department admits annually a select number of full-time students with typical packages of five years of financial support. The department will also consider applications from students wishing to study on a part-time basis. A limited number of students may be admitted without fellowship support; depending on their performance, they may become eligible for financial aid in subsequent years.

Admitted students funding packages usually include two years of fellowship, two of TA-ship, and  a fifth year either of fellowship or TA-ship, depending on students' needs. It goes without saying, finally, that the benefits and services of our program are available to students without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or handicap, marital status, or veteran status.  See the program's Learning Goals and Assessment.

Follow the links below for a full description of the requirements of the program.

Requirements of the Ph.D. Program

Ideal Timetables for Completing the Program

Major Fields of Study

Minor Fields of Study

Language Requirements

Evaluation of Students

Advisors and Dissertation Committees


Terminal Master's Degree

Training in Teaching

Funding Pattern

Registration and Academic Policy Regulations

Rutgers Graduate Faculty in History