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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.

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 taken jobs at the National Women's History Museum, Hyrum Museum, and the International Rescue Committee in Dallas. Click the images below for more stories about our students and graduates.

Colby Townsend

Colby Townsend

Kelli Morrill

Kelli Morrill

 Brad Hansen

brad hansen

Graduate Research

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. To offset the cost of research travel, students are encouraged to consult the Graduate Student Travel ApplicationGraduate Student Assistance Application, and the Graduate Student Summer Research Funds Application

Contact Us

If you have further questions, please contact Chris Conte, Director of Graduate Studies, at (435) 797-1303 or chris.conte@usu.edu.