PhD Program

Course of Study

The Department of History offers a PhD program that prepares students to enter the highest levels of the discipline, as well as related fields of knowledge and practice.

To earn the PhD, students must have accumulated at least 54 graduate credits, at least 30 of them taken at the post-master’s level. Precise numbers of credits and actual course requirements while in PhD status will be determined after a review of the applicant’s previous course work.

Doctoral students may not accumulate more than 6 credits in U/G courses or more than 6 credits in independent study without the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies. Of the 54 credits, at least 9 must be taken in fields other than History. No more than 18 credits in courses outside of History may be counted toward the doctoral degree.

An online version of the Department’s Graduate Student Handbook provides information about all degree requirements along with other dimensions of the program. Additional information about the Public History Program, the School of Information Studies and the Urban Studies Program are also available online.

The UWM Graduate School’s website provides more information on the department’s Graduate Programs.

For more information about admissions please contact the Graduate Advisor:

Graduate Director
Rebecca Shumway
Holton Hall, Room 342
(414) 229-3963