University of Idaho - I Banner
A student works at a computer


U of I's web-based retention and advising tool provides an efficient way to guide and support students on their road to graduation. Login to VandalStar.

Graduate History Degrees

Graduate work is offered in all fields of history for which faculty is currently available. Students applying for admission to graduate study in history must be approved by the majority of the history faculty.

Degree Programs

Candidates must fulfill the requirements of the Department of History and of the Graduate College. 

Master of Arts

The Department of History offers both thesis and non-thesis Master's degree options. The work toward an M.A. degree stresses a balance of course work and independent research.

History Department Ph.D.

There are two areas of study for the Ph.D. program: History and Historical Archaeology. Both programs require graduate level coursework leading up to a proposal defense and/or comprehensive exams followed by completion of a dissertation based in original research. While the History program requires students to seek a committee chair from the History department, the Historical Archeology program is offered in collaboration with the Department of Culture, Society and Justice and requires students to select an Anthropology faculty as their main advisor.

Graduate Program Requirements

Undergraduate Preparation

The ideal preparation for graduate study in history is a B.A. or B.S. in history from an accredited institution.

The department, at its discretion, may accept applicants with a B.A. or B.S. in humanities or social science fields applicable to history (e.g., political science, philosophy, English, anthropology).

Standard Examinations for Admission (M.A. and Ph.D.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

Applicants whose native language is not English must achieve a minimum score of 575 on the TOEFL to be considered for admission.


Physical Address:
315 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
History Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, ID 83844-3175

Phone: 208-885-6253

Fax: 208-885-5221


Web: History Department