The Graduate Program
Columbia has been one of the most important centers of graduate education in history since modern Ph.D. programs began in America over a century ago. Recipients of our degrees hold distinguished positions in virtually every major university in the United States, and in many abroad. Our program offers a broad education in most areas of historical scholarship and attempts to train students for a discipline and a profession in the midst of considerable change. That includes not simply assisting students in acquiring the knowledge and skills essential to becoming contributing scholars, but also helping them to become effective teachers and to exist comfortably within a demanding and complicated professional world.
The members of our faculty represent many different approaches to the study of the past, and we strive to attract students of similarly diverse interests and commitments. No one should feel that being at Columbia requires accepting any one approach to the study of history.
This part of our website is designed to provide both prospective and current students with answers to some of the many questions they may have about the department.
Admissions answers commonly-asked questions about our admissions process.
Under Ph.D. Fields you will find information about the separate fields of study available in our program and the relationship among them.
Fellowships and Financial Aid explains the various ways we provide our students with fellowships and financial aid.
Dissertations-in-Progress summarizes the course of study towards the Ph.D and highlights the work of our students.
Research awards and recent honors are showcased in Award Announcements.
The section entitled Placement sketches how we prepare our students for the academic job market and reports on how our students have done in that market in recent years.
In the Graduate Handbook – 2020, we explain our curriculum and our academic requirements and provide more detailed information about aspects of the program such as the MA, Orals, M.Phil., Dissertations, etc.
Our FAQs are useful for students seeking admission as well as for current students seeking quick information.
The Annual Newsletter keeps us informed about our students.