Admitting approximately 8 Ph.D. students each year, the Ph.D. program in History offers highly personalized guidance and instruction in close cooperation with an excellent faculty. Candidates are encouraged to pursue special research interests while also studying broad historical fields. The department offers graduate instruction in the broad historical areas of North America; Latin America; Europe; Great Britain and the Commonwealth; Russia; Japan; China; South Asia; Middle East; and Africa; and in the thematic fields of women’s history; military history; history of science, technology, and medicine; environmental history; labor history; and slave societies. Duke's library offers extensive resources, manuscript collections, archives, etc., and the collections of the UNC-Chapel Hill library are also available.
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Application Terms Available: Fall
Application Deadline: December 15
Graduate School Application Requirements
See the Application Instructions page for important details about each Graduate School requirement.
- Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts required with application submission; official transcripts required upon admission
- Letters of Recommendation: 3 Required
- Statement of Purpose: Required
- Résumé: Required
- GRE Scores: GRE General (Optional for 2023)
- English Language Exam: TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo English Test required* for applicants whose first language is not English
*test waiver may apply for some applicants
- GPA: Undergraduate GPA calculated on 4.0 scale required
Department-Specific Application Requirements (submitted through online application)
A writing sample of at least 10-15 pages, preferably a research paper, should be submitted as part of the application process and should be uploaded in the Departmental Requirements section of the application.
We strongly encourage you to review additional department-specific application guidance from the program to which you are applying: Departmental Application Guidance