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Doctor of Philosophy in History


Students without an M.A. in History who wish to pursue a Ph.D. at Fordham University should enter into the M.A. program (see requirements above) and then submit a second application for the Ph.D. program.. The Ph.D. program requires an additional eight courses (30-32 credits) beyond the M.A. degree. Students applying for the doctoral program who have received an M.A. in History from another university can be admitted straight into the Ph.D. program but may be required to take some additional courses to make up for any deficiencies in academic preparation. Students are generally required to have concentrated on the same field on the M.A. level as they intend to study in the Ph.D. program. Upon completion of course work and language requirements, Ph.D. students willtake a comprehensive examination. Reading lists for the examination are developed by the student in conjunction with the student’s mentor and examinationcommittee. Within a year after the comprehensive has been passed, the candidate must then present a dissertation prospectus for the approval of the mentor and dissertation committee. PhD dissertations in History should be formatted according to the guidelines in The Chicago Manual of Style and use the notes-bibliography style option. The best guide to formatting notes, bibliography, tables, and other parts of the thesis is Kate L. Turabian, Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (University of Chicago Press, 7th edn., 2007). After the completion of the dissertation, its oral defense and submission to the dean, the Ph.D. is awarded.

Checklist for Ph.D. Concentrations


Medieval History

  • Eight courses (minimum 30 credits) beyond the M.A. degree.
  • Two of these eight courses must consist of the year-long proseminar/seminar sequence.
  • Reading proficiency in two modern languages as well as Latin or another language of research.
  • Comprehensive oral examination in four fields, at least three of which must be in the area of concentration; the fourth field may be in any other historical field or in another discipline, such as art history, literature, medieval studies, philosophy, political science, or theology.
  • Dissertation proposal development (1 credit) and acceptance (3 credits) to be completed within one year of comprehensive examination.
  • Dissertation and defense.

Modern History
  • Eight courses (minimum 30 credits) beyond the M.A. degree.
  • Two of these eight courses must consist of the year-long proseminar/seminar sequence.
  • Reading proficiency in two foreign languages (including statistics/databases).
  • Comprehensive oral examination in four fields, at least three of which must be in the area of concentration; the fourth field may be in any other historical field or in another discipline, such as art history, literature, medieval studies, philosophy, political science, or theology.
  • Dissertation proposal development (1 credit) and acceptance (3 credits) to be completed within one year of comprehensive examination.
  • Dissertation and defense.

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