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Graduate Studies

Our Program

The Department of History offers both a Master of Arts and a Master of Science in a two-year program aimed at providing quality teaching and research opportunities for students. Students interested in pursuing the MA must gain proficiency in one or more foreign languages. The MS degree requires students to incorporate computer, social, or natural science into their research in lieu of a foreign language. Graduate students also have the option of pursuing our new public history track.

All graduate students, regardless of which degree they pursue, will learn to ask hard questions, engage in historical research to find 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. Two-year funding packages are available, and a course plan will be developed for each student in their first year.

Dr. Chris Conte
Director of Graduate Studies

ConteOffice Location: Old Main 323G
Phone: (435) 797-1303

What are our current graduate students doing?

Our graduate students are engaged in diverse research projects under the guidance of our accomplished faculty members. Research trips have taken students as far away as Germany, Italy, Poland, and India and as close as special collections at the Merrill-Cazier Library. Many of our graduates gain valuable teaching experience as Graduate Assistants, and others receive hands-on experience through our internship program, including placements at the Huntington Library, Hill Aerospace Museum, and the Bear River Land Conservancy.

What are our recent graduate students doing?

Our program has an 80% placement rate. Recent graduates have gone on to teach in elementary, middle, and secondary schools. Others have gone on to pursue PhD programs at University of California-Berkeley, University of Virginia, University of Montana, University of Oklahoma, Temple University, and Texas A&M. Students who enter the workforce have gone on to take jobs at the National Women's History Museum, Hyrum Museum, and the International Rescue Committee in Dallas. 

To read more about what our graduates and alumni are doing, click on the pictures below. 

Colby Townsend

Colby Townsend

Kelli Morrill

Kelli Morrill

 Brad Hansen

brad hansen


Prospective Student Resources

We welcome your interest in our graduate program, and we look forward to reading your application. 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 consult the information below for answers to frequently asked questions.

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

For further information on earning a graduate degree in history, please see the helpful resources below from the American Historical Association (AHA).
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

Current Student Resources

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

Graduate Travel
Graduate Student Travel Application
Graduate Student Assistance Application
Graduate Student Summer Research Funds Application