Graduate programs in history

The History department offers graduate coursework in United States, European, and World history. Our faculty's wide-ranging topical expertise includes labor history, women's and gender history, the history of violence, legal history, urban history, environmental history, the history of science and technology, and the history of capitalism. We offer training in public history and archival administration, access to Detroit's world-class archives and cultural institutions, and a variety of internship opportunities. At Wayne State, you will find engaged faculty mentors, a department committed to student success, and a vibrant community of graduate students with an active graduate student organization.

The purpose of historical research and writing is to advance our understanding of the past, to place the problems of the contemporary world in historical perspective, and to offer insight into the future. To that end, we award three graduate degrees and one graduate certificate: the Master of Arts (MA) in History, the Master of Arts in Public History (MAPH), the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in History, and the Graduate Bridge Certificate in World History. We also offer joint degrees in history and library and information science (MA/MLIS), public history and library and information science (MAPH/MLIS), and history and law (MA/JD).

Graduate education in history prepares students for diverse careers such as teaching positions at the secondary, community college, or university levels; government research positions; management of archival resources or historical agencies; and museums and other public history careers. Our graduate programs also provide sufficient flexibility to serve the needs of students with career goals where an understanding of history is crucial (such as law or journalism) or useful (such as banking, criminal justice, social work, research, public policy, or publishing) or those who simply have an avocational interest in acquiring an advanced knowledge of history. Our curriculum incorporates professional development and career exploration opportunities for all master's and doctoral students. 

Degree programs