The University of Connecticut offers both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in history. Work is offered in United States, Latin American, European, Ancient, Middle Eastern, Asian, and African history. Small seminars comprise the bulk of course work for both M.A. and Ph.D. candidates to provide maximum interaction between faculty and students. Students may also design special courses with individual professors and take a limited number of advanced undergraduate courses.
The University of Connecticut is an institution large enough (15,000 students) to provide variety but small enough to ensure quality. It offers a faculty committed to teaching and research, a graduate research library of 2.3 million books and periodicals, and a location in an attractive rural setting convenient to the major research and population centers of the Northeast.
Masters of Arts
The master's program is designed to give general training at the graduate level in preparation for doctoral study or work in schools, government service, law, or the private sector. (The department also offers a masters degree with an emphasis on American Studies). Applicants should have a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 21 credits in history above the freshman level and a "B" average in those courses. In exceptional cases, students who do not meet minimum requirements may be admitted provisionally and be required to meet certain conditions before receiving regular status.
Doctor of Philosophy
The doctorate is offered in Medieval European, Early Modern and Modern European, United States, and Latin American history with supporting areas in the History of Science and in Ancient, Asian, African, and Middle Eastern history. Supporting work in other disciplines is recommended. Applicants must demonstrate sufficient previous coursework in History at either the Bachelors or Masters level. All applicants must demonstrate potential for excellence, ability in writing historical prose, and preparation in a foreign language.
The University of Connecticut offers Predoctoral Fellowships and Teaching Assistantships (which include tuition waivers) each semester. Aid is not normally available for masters students. Aid for doctoral students in usually renewable for between eight and twelve semesters. All awards are made on the basis of academic merit.
Application Requirements and Deadlines
Applicants for admission and financial aid are required to submit a personal statement concerning their interests and qualifications, an example of written work in a history course, and three letters of recommendation from college instructors. Graduate Record Exam (G.R.E.) scores on the aptitude tests are required. Applications for fall admission must be received by January 1. Applications for spring admission are considered only under exceptional circumstances, and financial aid is generally not available. Please contact the Director of Graduate Studies for more information about spring admission. For information on how to apply, either online or by mail, consult the Graduate School's website or write to the Graduate Admissions Office, U-1152 438 Whitney Road Extension, Storrs, CT 06269-1152.
Careers in History
For a survey of careers in history, including teaching, museum work, publishing, and historic preservation, please consult the American Historical Association's booklet, Careers for Students of History.
Fellowships and Scholarships
- Summer Fellowships for dissertation research
- Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships
- Outstanding Scholars Graduate Fellowships
- Multicultural Scholars Program
- The Robert W. Lougee Fellowship
- The Albert E. and Wilda E. Van Dusen Scholarship
- The Harry J. Marks Fellowship
- The Hugh Hamil Graduate Fellowship in Latin American History
- The Bruce and Sondra Astor Stave Prize in Recent American History
- The Thomas G. Paterson Fellowship in Foreign Relations History
- The James L. and Shirley A. Draper Dissertation Fellowship in Early American History
- The James M. Bozzuto Fellowship in Italian History
- The Aldo De Dominicis Graduate Fellowship in Italian American History
- The Andrew W. Pyper Scholarship
- The Michael L. Dunphy Scholarship
- Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies fellowships
- Graduate assistantships and research assistantships
- Need-based financial aid from the Graduate School