The Department of History offers programs of study leading to an M.A. in Global, International and Comparative History (MAGIC) and a Ph.D. in History.

The MAGIC program offers students the ability to craft (with a faculty advisor) their own programs and place a nation or a world region in international context, as well as explore developments from the 16th century to the present. Participants may choose to emphasize any time period. The MAGIC program will offer students the historical knowledge, the mix of global and local perspectives, and the foreign language, writing and communications skills to prepare them to participate productively in a global professional world in such fields as government service, journalism, international agencies, and global business. The Georgetown M.A. in Global, International, and Comparative History will also serve to prepare students for doctoral study in History and related fields.

The Ph.D. doctoral program is open to students with a B.A. or an M.A. in history or extensive course work in history and whose academic records demonstrate the capacity for high-quality, full-time work toward the doctoral degree. Doctoral studies focus on the preparation of fields that are individually designed and developed with the guidance of the faculty mentor and supervisory committee, followed by the completion of a doctoral dissertation.

Ph.D. students prepare four fields of history:

  • A major field selected from Africa, East and Central Asia, Europe, Latin America, Russian/Eastern European, Transregional, and United States
  • A research field consisting of a region, a time period and theme within the major field
  • A minor field selected from the list of major fields, plus Africa
  • A second minor field focused on theme and method, which may be developed within history, a related discipline or a combination.

The department alternatively allows students, with the approval of mentors and committees, to develop major fields focused on an analytical theme such as gender or environmental history or on multi-regional interactions, for example, Atlantic history.

Degrees Offered

  • M.A. (Global, International and Comparative History)
  • M.A./B.A.
  • M.A./M.S. (Foreign Service)
  • Ph.D.
  • Ph.D./M.A. (Arab Studies)
  • Ph.D./M.A. (German and European Studies)

Application Deadlines

Ph.D. Program

Fall 2017

December 1, 2017

M.A. in Global, International and Comparative History

Spring 2017

October 1, 2017

Fall 2017

January 1, 2018 (preferred)

April 1, 2018 (final

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions Application Procedures page and the Admissions Requirements Checklist.


Please review the program website for additional information on program admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

The MAGIC program consists of 10 courses (30 credits), which may be taken over the course of three or four semesters. Students must take at least three courses per semester their first two semesters in the program.

As part of the M.A. program, all students must demonstrate competence in at least one language other than English by passing the existing department-administered examination before beginning their third full semester in the program. For students with native languages other than English, the native language plus English will normally fulfill the program's language requirement.

Students in the doctoral program must complete 36 hours of graduate course work, prove proficiency in two languages other than English (one language for students in United States history), pass written and oral examinations and complete a doctoral dissertation.

Admission requirements include:

(1) For Ph.D. program candidates,  the basic requirement is completion of the B.A. with a major in History or the equivalent (18 to 24 credit-hours of upper-level History courses), or the M.A. in History.  The M.A. in Global, International, and Comparative History program will consider applicants who have completed a BA or equivalent degree in History, a social science, or literature and culture.

(2) The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (see below).

(3) The applicant should submit a writing sample, such as a term paper. We very strongly recommend submission of a research paper based on primary sources.

(4) The applicant should also submit a statement of purpose (500 words) on undertaking graduate work in history.

(5) Three letters of recommendation, official transcripts and an application fee are also required.

(6) The Admissions Committee will make its decisions based upon the composite picture of the applicant derived from grade transcripts, the GRE, recommendations, and demonstrated capacity for research and writing.

The M.A. in Global, International, and Comparative History program accepts applications by October 1 for Spring admission, and by January 1 (preferred deadline) or April 1 (final deadline) for Fall admission.  

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose (500 words)
  • Writing Sample
  • Supplemental Data Form (MAGIC program only)
  • Official Transcripts (all prior institutions)
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • GRE General Test
  • TOEFL/IELTS  (please see below)

Admission requirements include three letters of recommendation, an academic statement of purpose, witing sample, standardized tests (see below) and an application fee. 

Official hard copy transcripts should be mailed to the following address:

  • Office of Graduate Admissions
    Attn: Credentials - History Program
    Box 571004
    3520 Prospect Street, NW, CB-207
    Washington, DC 20057-1004


Results of the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for this program; a verbal score in the mid-600's is expected; quantitative and analytical scores will be evaluated in the light of each applicant's overall credentials. Students who are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS exam may choose to not submit a GRE score.


All applicants are required to demonstrate a level of proficiency in the English language sufficient to meet the admission requirement of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Proficiency can be demonstrated by the receipt of a bachelor's or advanced degree from an accredited institution of higher education in the United States or from a university where English is the primary language of instruction (please note that applicants receiving degrees at universities in U.S. territories, such as Puerto Rico, are required to submit the TOEFL or IELTS unless the primary language of instruction at the institution is English). All other applicants must achieve at least a minimum score on either the TOEFL or IELTS test. Test scores must be received by the application deadline date. Applicants should allow six to eight weeks from the test date for the reporting of scores to the institution. Applications will not be considered without TOEFL/IELTS scores.

TOEFL: A minimum score of 550 (paper-based test) 80 (iBT test)  on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).  TOEFL information:  

IELTS: A minimum score of 7.0 from the International English Language Testing System. IELTS Information: