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Doctoral Programs in History
The Department of History offers three graduate degrees: The Master of Arts (with both a thesis and non-thesis option), the Doctor of Arts, and the Ph.D. jointly with the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at North Dakota State University.
Doctor of Philosophy Degree
The mission of the graduate program is to provide quality graduate level instruction and supervision in the major fields of Great Plains History, Rural History, North American, and Western European History and in the minor fields of Public History and World History. Successful students will be prepared to seek careers as college and university history teachers, as public historians, museum curators and archivists or in a variety of other professions (journalism, business, government service) which require well-developed skills in research, critical thinking, and oral and written expression.
The Ph.D. program is administered jointly by the history faculty at the University of North Dakota and North Dakota State University. For more information on the program and to review the admission requirements, consult the Academic Course Catalog. For more information about the joint program with NDSU click here, or contact our Graduate Director.
Robert Caulkins, PhD student, on his research.
went totally against the predominant trends in the US. Every other state in the union was seeking to prosecute people for what was perceived disloyalty to the nation, for voicing any dissent against the war.
In North Dakota, the state government here took measures to enforce the civil rights and civil liberties of people, and tried to protect them. I was able to bring some new and previously unused historical sources to this and building upon the excellent histories that have been written on North Dakota's role."
Click to read Robert's Grad Story.
The mission of the Doctor of Arts program is to provide candidates the opportunity to earn a terminal degree in History that is both rich in content and which will allow them to develop a unique blend of teaching and research skills.
The D.A. program is designed as an alternative to the Ph.D. Unlike the Ph.D., the D.A. prepares a candidate to teach broadly in the field of history. It is particularly suitable for candidates seeking to teach at 2 or 4 year schools without substantial research commitments, those seeking positions in public history, and those seeking to teach exclusively in an online environment. The D.A. complements graduate courses in history with courses in post-secondary education and structured classroom experience in the department.
Like the Ph.D. the D.A. requires an M.A. in history or a related field and will bring the student to doctoral level competence in the historical method and in a focused research area. The D.A. requires three years of course work. The culmination of the D.A. program will be a scholarly work that combines historical research and practice to make significant contributions to a scholarly debate.
The Doctor of Arts program has been designated a Western Regional Graduate Program by the Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education (WICHE) because of its uniqueness and strength. It is therefore, open to residents of the thirteen western states at resident tuition rates.
For specific information on the D.A. program and information on how to apply, contact our Graduate Director.
Maury Searcy, '10, DA graduate
"The experience here at UND (coming back to school) was an emotional and personal gamble for me that has now paid dividends. I'd recommend it highly."