Marquette offers MA and PhD degrees in early modern and modern European History and in United States History, as well as MA degrees in Medieval and Global History. Training is led by around 20 tenured and tenure-line faculty, and enhanced by an active community of around 40 graduate students. Our thematic strengths include the histories of colonialism and nationalism, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, as well as religion, politics, and society across geographical and chronological boundaries.
Graduate students become part of a program that is academically demanding, professionally engaged, and attuned to the breadth of our profession. Its flexibility allows students to explore their own capabilities and then pursue their own path to success. While maintaining a focus on academic excellence and continuing to anchor our program in the intellectual rigors of historical inquiry, we also actively support those planning for careers outside of the academy. Career planning begins in our orientation program and continues in discussions through our coursework and workshops, often in conjunction with Marquette’s Center for Teaching and Learning, the Preparing Future Faculty and Professionals program, and Career Services.
Around 40% of our MA students enter doctoral programs (both at Marquette and other schools). Another 20% are applying their studies to work in Public History or Library and Information Science. Of the remaining 40%, there is a healthy mix of teachers, those working in academic administration and student affairs in colleges and high schools, as well as those working in business. Our doctoral students similarly have found success in education. Historically, roughly three-fourths of our PhD alumni have earned tenure track jobs. The decline in Humanities hiring has resulted in fewer of those positions but our recent graduates still hold tenure track positions as well as those of research faculty, work steadily as visiting assistant professors, lecturers and adjunct instructors, and teach in private high school programs.
These webpages are intended to serve as a resource for current graduate students and faculty, as well as those interested in our programs. A PDF of the full set of guidelines is also available for download, while particular sections of typical interest also are available online. Although these guidelines describe the central policies and practices of the History Department's graduate program, circumstances and situations will no doubt arise that are not covered by this document. These unforeseen exigencies should be brought to the attention of the Director of Graduate Studies, who will work with the student to resolve them.
For any questions about the graduate programs, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Lezlie Knox.