M.A.- History, Ph.D.- History, Advanced (Graduate) Certificate in History
The aim of the Ph.D. program is to train applicants for careers at the highest levels of the historical profession, such as college and university teaching and research. The program at UB has three stages: coursework, taken in the first two years, followed by preparation for written and oral exams in three fields, then researching, writing, and defending a dissertation. (Although the process can be condensed into a single sentence, one should note that it typically takes from six to eight years to complete a Ph.D. in history.) At present, the department offers the Ph.D. in six major fields: American History, Early Modern Europe (1400-1789), Modern Europe (1789-present), North and South Atlantic History, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
The M.A. program is intended to provide students with a solid grounding in the professional study of history. Because our master’s program serves a varied audience—ranging from secondary school teachers to predoctoral students—we seek to provide a curriculum that is broad but allows students to focus their interests and approach the study of history in a manner most relevant to their particular professional goals. The program combines broad-based inquiry into historical issues and developments, along with training in research methods, information gathering, and writing. As such, it serves the needs of secondary school teachers, while offering excellent preparation for government service, library and archival work, preservation and museum management, public history, and journalism. The program also provides an excellent foundation for advanced degrees in law, history, or other social science and humanities disciplines.