The History Graduate Program offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in medieval, early modern, and modern Europe, early and modern U.S., early modern and modern East Asia, and early modern and modern South Asia. The department collaborates on three dual MA programs with the Departments of Asian Languages and Civilizations (Japanese and Chinese), Religious Studies, and French and Italian, and participates in the Museum and Field Studies Certificate Program. History faculty research and publish in a variety of subfields, including social history, intellectual history, cultural history, borderlands history, history of gender and sexuality, and diplomatic history.

Related areas of study combine a Master’s degree in history plus East Asian languages and civilizations (Chinese or Japanese) or Religious Studies, or the Museum and Field Studies Certificate Program.

Degrees Offered


Degree Details 

Requires 30 hours of approved graduate study or 24 hours of approved graduate study plus 6 thesis hours and a successful thesis defense, as well as satisfactory completion of a written examination.

Requires 45 hours of post baccalaureate approved graduate study, in addition to the minimum 30 hours of dissertation credit hours required by the Graduate School, demonstrated proficiency in a foreign language, satisfactory completion of written and oral examinations, and a successful dissertation defense.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university
  2. Submit GRE scores
  3. A short writing sample
  4. Submit transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. A statement of purpose

Minimum Standards for Applicants
Typical applicants have an undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.70, graduate GPA of 3.90 and verbal GRE scores over 85 percent.

Fall Domestic Application Deadline

December 1, 2016

Fall International Application Deadline

December 1, 2016

Contact Information

University of Colorado Boulder
Department of History
Graduate Secretary
Hellems 204
234 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0234
Phone: 303-492-2352
Fax: 303-492-1868

Department of History website

Email: history@colorado.edu