Graduate Program

graduate history students
FSU History graduate students showcasing work along Legacy Walk on campus.

Why Pursue a Graduate Degree in History?

#1 Reason: You want to complete the highest level of training in historical methods

#2 Reason: You want to engage in conversations about historical problems

#3 Reason: You want to communicate your historical knowledge with and to others

What are our Program Options?

As a Carnegie Research 1 Institution, we provide training leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in a wide variety of historical fields. The presence within the Department of the Institute on Napoleon and the French Revolution of the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience means a variety of resources on site for students interested in those fields. Faculty leadership in the University’s Women’s Studies Program and the Middle East Studies Center offer additional opportunities. Read our Graduate Handbook for more information. See also the FSU General Bulletin: Graduate Edition.

What is the FSU graduate student experience?

  • Seminar and colloquium classes are typically capped at 12 students
  • Funding to go to at least one conference a year
  • Opportunities to receive funding for research and writing
  • Pedagogical preparation for teaching
  • Chances to teach your own class
  • Professional development trainings
  • Public History as a Major or a Minor
  • Join a strong History Graduate Student Association

Where are our graduates?

According to the History Department’s statistics, in the last five years, 28.5% of our doctoral students secured a tenure track teaching position, and 30.1% secured a job in a history-related field post-graduation (Research Director, Document Editor, Reference Archivist, Curator, Living History Interpreter, Historian for the military, etc.) Similarly, our Master’s students have either gone on to pursue a doctoral degree, teach for the military, or taken a position in archives, museums, cultural resources management, teaching, or office administration.