Graduate Degree Program Summary
Graduate programs offered
Earn a Graduate Degree
- MA in History (36 cr, Option II or III) with optional specialization:
- PhD in History (90 cr) with optional specialization:
- Minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies with any graduate degree program, subject to approval (apply to degree program, add minor after enrolling)
Areas of Study
These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.Primary Areas of Study
- European History
- North American History
- World History
- Nineteenth Century U.S. History
- Twentieth Century U.S. History
- African American History
- Comparative World History
- Cultural and Intellectual History
- German Studies
- Indigenous Peoples
- Military, Diplomatic, and International History
- Modern Europe
- North American West
- Pre-modern Europe
- Women's and Gender History
Online and Distance OpportunitiesSome online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.
Application checklist and deadlines
1. Required by Graduate Studies
Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.
2. Required by History
After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access so you can complete these requirements via MyRED.
- Entrance exam(s): GRE
- Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 575, Internet TOEFL 90, IELTS 6.5
- Three recommendation letters
- Letter of intent
- Writing sample
When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.
Application Deadlines for History
- December 1 for Fall.
Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.
The Department of History offers master's and doctoral degrees in three major fields: North America, Europe, and World. The objective of the graduate program is to prepare students for careers in research and teaching.
Carefully structured and individualized graduate programs in all fields afford maximum personal contact and consultation between graduate students and professors in seminars, directed individual readings, lecture courses, and supervised thesis research and writing. The faculty makes every effort to provide a creative environment to sustain a community of scholars and a substantial part of all graduate students' training is in small seminars. Students have several resources available to them including the archives of the Nebraska State Historical Society and the Center for Great Plains Studies.
Cost of attendanceCost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.
Courses and MoreAdmitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in:Steps to Degree Completion.
Faculty and research
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Latin America; Indigenous Peoples; International Relations; Social; World
International Relations; U.S. 20th Century; World
Reformation; Renaissance; Early Modern Germany
History of Science; Modern Germany; European Intellectual
China; East Asia
Colonial America; Digital History; Atlantic World
Medieval Europe; Islam
Modern Middle East
Modern Mexico; Latin America; Borderlands; Chicano/a
Ancient Greece and Rome
Colonialism and Decolonization; Indigenous Peoples; Native American; North American West; Women
North American West; Legal; Women and Gender
African American; U.S. Cultural and Intellectual; Pre-Colonial Africa
African American; U.S. 20th Century
Modern France; Colonialism and Decolonization; Islam
Early Modern England; Women
U.S. 19th Century; Urban; Social
Modern Germany; Holocaust
Digital History; Civil War; U.S. South; U.S. 19th Century
Film and Media Studies
19th Century American, Urban Disasters, Willa Cather