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

The MAGIC program offers students the opportunity to develop a historical perspective on our interconnected world and provides multiple avenues for students to engage with the issues and insights that arise from an international historical perspective. The program provides a foundation for professional participation in the world of global affairs as well as strong preparation for doctoral studies. Students both delve deeply into the history of a particular world region and situate that same region within a broader context through the study of transnational, comparative, and thematic trends. The program offers students rigorous training in historical methods, foreign languages, and analytical and writing skills. Graduates have gone on to careers in fields such as government service, NGO work, and global business, as well as top-ranked doctoral programs in History and related disciplines.

The Ph.D. program is open to students with a B.A. or an M.A. in history or a related field, 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 dissertation.

When preparing your materials, keep in mind that the History Department reviews each application holistically.

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

M.A. in Global, International and Comparative History

Fall 2020

January 1, 2020 (preferred)

April 1, 2020 (final)

Ph.D. Program

Fall 2021

December 1, 2020

Application Requirements

Please be sure to review the Graduate School Admissions How to Apply page, as well as the MAGIC and/or History PhD page for additional information.

Application Materials required:

  • Application Form
  • Non-refundable Application Fee
  • Statement of Purpose (500 words max)
  • Writing Sample (20-25 pages for MAGIC; minimum 25 pages for PhD)
  • Supplemental Data Form (MAGIC program only)
  • Transcripts – Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply page for additional details and FAQs.
  • Official Recommendations (3)
  • GRE General Test

Statement of Purpose: In your statement, please reflect on why you are a good fit for Georgetown, why Georgetown is a good fit for you, and why you wish to pursue graduate studies in History at this time.  Please adhere to a 500-word maximum.

Writing Sample: Please submit a writing sample that best reflects you as a historian.  We strongly prefer papers that include primary source research and, where possible, sources in foreign languages.

Recommendations: Academic references are preferred; however, professional letters will be accepted.


  • Regarding results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), a verbal score near the 90th percentile is expected; quantitative and analytical scores will be evaluated in the light of each applicant’s overall credentials. However, there is no minimal score for admission.  
  • GRE Scores are required of all MA applicants. GRE scores are required of all PhD applicants, except for those who are required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores. Applicants submitting TOEFL/IELTS results have the option to submit GREs as well if they wish.

TOEFL/IELTS: 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 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:

Degree Requirements

The MAGIC program consists of 10 courses (30 credits), which may be taken over the course of three or four semesters. 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.

PhD students 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 in three fields and complete a doctoral dissertation.