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History (Graduate)

Analyze historical research on the American West; environmental history; or science, technology and society within an interdisciplinary program that exposes scholars to the variety of roles historians play in academic and public life.

History – Master of Art (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Candidates in the graduate History program at Montana State contribute to historical research and scholarship in three areas: science, technology and society; environmental history; and United States history and the history of the American West. Candidates investigate research interests through diverse opportunities that include seminar discussions, collaborating with their graduate committee, classroom instruction, teaching assistantships and internships. At the conclusion of the degree, master’s students are expected to submit a thesis or professional research paper, while doctoral candidates are expected to submit a dissertation on a topic of their choice.






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Personalized Approach
The History faculty at Montana State are committed to close, one-on-one mentoring of graduate students throughout their career at MSU. 

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Interdisciplinary Scholarship
History graduate students have a wealth of opportunities to collaborate with faculty across disciplines, as well as with prestigious visiting scholars.

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Nature's Laboratory
MSU students make Montana, including nearby Yellowstone National Park, their classroom, laboratory and playground.




Fund Your Education

The Graduate School at Montana State is dedicated to helping students secure funding during their time at MSU. Some resources the Department of History & Philosophy and the Graduate School offer includes:

Within the History department, the primary forms of financial support available are teaching assistantships and research assistantships, which are awarded on a competitive basis. Assistantships include a stipend and/or tuition waiver.

Research In Your Field

Research in the American Studies program includes access to and internships at the following research collections and institutions:

  • The Ivan Doig Center for the Study of the Lands & Peoples of the North American West
  • Museum of the Rockies
  • Pioneer Museum
  • Montana Historical Society
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • C.M. Russell Museum
  • Buffalo Bill Center of the West




Admissions Requirements

Each program within the Graduate School at Montana State has its own particular requirements for admission, and the History program is not different. Below are the criteria and admissions material that should be used as a guide to help as you apply to our graduate programs:

  • Application and application fee
  • Official transcripts from all universities attended
  • A Statement of Purpose, which addresses the applicant’s areas of intended study and the applicant’s qualifications for graduate-level work
  • A writing sample, preferably a sample of the student’s work from a history-related course
  • Three (3) professional references
  • The GRE is not required, but scores will be reviewed if submitted
  • For international applicants: a TOEFL internet-based score of 80 or an IELTS score of 7.0. Additionally, international applicants will need a financial certificate and proof of funds, as well as a copy of their passport and all degree certificates

Although the Graduate Program at Montana State does practice rolling admissions, the History program utilizes these deadlines for each semester:

  • Fall: January 31 for priority applications and March 31 for all applications
  • Spring: November 1 for all applications and October 1 for all applicants desiring a spring teaching assistantship