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Graduate Students

Many Roads to Michigan

Driven to Tell his Family’s Story

Challenging Gaps in US History

Research, Public Service, Teaching

Bringing History to the People

Activist-Scholar, Scholar-Activist

University of Michigan History Graduate Program

The History Department is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the recruitment and retention of graduate students. Our doctoral students come from many different personal and intellectual backgrounds. Some have taken time to pursue careers between the BA and starting the PhD while others enter the program straight from an undergraduate or MA program. We appreciate that our students come from different regions of the country and all over the world. Our top students enter the program with degrees from small state schools as well as Ivy League institutions. 

Our program is dedicated to fostering rigorous and collaborative academic and professional environments in which diverse student perspectives are encouraged. We strive to maintain an academic culture in which our students, faculty, and staff participate actively in all aspects of department life. Graduate students play an important role by teaching, serving on departmental committees, and organizing conferences and workshops. Their input on new faculty hires and decisions that chart the future of the department is also highly valued. 

A diversity of approaches and perspectives is the key to the intellectual energy of our department and one of the reasons Michigan ranks among the world's top ten history programs. We especially encourage students of underrepresented backgrounds to apply to our PhD program.

Please note: We do not offer a stand-alone Masters; our program is designed for students who wish to pursue a PhD. 

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