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Graduate Studies

Dr. Victoria Grieve, Director of Graduate Studies

Office: Main 321G
Phone: 435-797-0145
Department of History
0710 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-0710

The history department’s graduate program limits entering class size to about 10 to provide quality researching and teaching opportunities for students. The department is known for its expertise in the areas of environmental history, religious studies, classics, comparative world history, and the American West. Graduate students have the opportunity to work at the department’s journal, the Western Historical Quarterly.

A graduate degree in history prepares students to research, teach, edit, and manage by enhancing their ability to ask hard questions, research answers, and communicate their conclusions clearly. We emphasize the acquisition of the skills of open inquiry and debate as well as team work and collaboration. To earn an MA in history, students must gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages. (Doctoral programs in history require proficiency in a second language.) The MS degree requires students to incorporate computer, social, or natural science into their research in lieu of a foreign language. A course plan will be developed for each student in their first year.

The university requires all students wishing to pursue graduate study to apply for admission directly to the USU School of Graduate Studies. This process requires the submission of an application fee, letters of recommendation, GRE scores, and transcripts. Only completed applications for our program are forwarded electronically to the History Department Graduate Selection Committee.

Please feel free to contact faculty members whose research interests coincide with your own. They will be happy to discuss your specific area of interest and explain the possibilities for successful completion of a master's degree in history at Utah State University.

Graduate Student Spotlight

This week, Utah State University’s History Department spotlights Kirtan Patel, a master’s graduate student in history and the 2016-2018 Charles Redd Fellow in Religious Studies. Hailing from London, England, and graduating with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oxford, Kirtan came to USU to study religious history with professors Ravi Gupta and Norm Jones. Kirtan is interesting in studying religions through a historical perspective, and specifically those of South Asia, where his family heritage lies. Kirtan is passionate about Hinduism, as well as reading good books, swimming and traveling. He is especially excited about gaining a “well-rounded experience as well as acquiring the theoretical skills in history” while here at Utah State University. Among the incoming graduate students at Utah State University, Kirtan is a prime example of someone willing to test his limits by moving to a foreign country while working hard at his dreams of becoming a renowned professor of South Asian studies.

How to apply
Degree programs and requirements
Graduate Courses 
Internships and fellowships
Tuition and financial Information
Graduate Placement, 2009-2015

Directed Readings & Internship Forms
Plan B Proposal Defense Form (Dept. use only)

Graduate Travel
Graduate Student Travel Application
Graduate Student Assistance Application

American Historical Association (AHA) Resources
Guide to Graduate Study
Retrieving the Master's Degree from the Dustbin of History
What is the Meaning of the Master's Degree
Another View of the Master's Degree: Switching Institutions on the Way to a PhD

Other Resources
General Graduate Study Information